I'm a writer and editor for children's book publishers and creatives. I do the deep thinking that's needed to turn an idea into a book that delights and inspires. The books I make are highly visual, quirky, playful, and a wee bit philosophical. After working in publishing for over ten years, I'm so excited to see my own picture books and chapter books making their way into the world.
Books have the power to spark our curiosity, encourage us to play, and make us all feel a little less alone, and it's been my pleasure to work on more than 300 titles for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. My credits include 180 nonfiction books in partnership with Time for Kids, 90 picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, plus a wide variety of activity books, and arts and crafts books. My clients also hire me to consult on new projects and teach workshops to writers and editors.
Clients & Collaborators: American Greetings, Barnes & Noble, Books Are Fun, Borders, BTMS, Chronicle, Disney Press, Duncan Baird, F&W, Michaels, PlayBac, Scholastic, Target, Teacher Created Materials, Walter Foster Publishing, Watson-Guptill
• Launched fiction division with 90 picture books and chapter books. Oversaw Interactive eBooks, audio books, teacher's guides, assessment guides, and packaging.
• Concepted and edited 90 non-fiction books in partnership with Time for Kids Magazine.
• Directed the development of special markets products for trade.
• Directed editors, production team, and design team to create all custom products for special markets clients on time and within budget.
• Developed and grew relationships with new and existing clients.
• Managed product P&Ls.
• Increased margins through negotiation with printers and component vendors.
Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Reptiles & Amphibiansexplores all things cold-blooded, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of scaly skin, snake eyes, and webbed feet with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let’s turn up the ZOOM and discove... read more
Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Fur & Feathers explores the fascinating textures of birds and animals, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of unique and colorful feathers and patterned fur coats with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let's... read more
Have you ever wondered why your dog barks or how your cat manages to land on her feet every time?50 Wacky Things Pets Do takes an up-close look at all the weird and funny things about our pets, from dog sweat and rabbits’ teeth, to cat eyes and ferret naps. Paired with equally wacky illustrations, 50 wild and incredible facts are presented, along with educational information about each animal’... read more
You'll learn something new about this huge universe of ours every time you turn the page in The Know-Nonsense Guide to Space. Start by learning about the different planets in our solar system, all the way from Mercury to Neptune and beyond. Then reach out further and discover about the Milky Way Galaxy and other neighboring galaxies (and what is in them). On the journey through space, learn ab... read more
Get kids excited about learning! TheKnow-Nonsense Guide to Measurements is a hilariously illustrated, quirky and fun guide that kids will love!Turn each page in this book to learn a new basic concept about how we measure things, from length and mass to time and intensity. Basic units include feet, yards, meters, grams, bits and bytes, seconds, minutes, decibels, and more! Also included are the... read more
Fuzzy on finances? Bamboozled by banks, budgets, and bitcoins? Perplexed by the difference between debit and credit cards? This Know-Nonsense Guide to Money is packed with simple definitions, memorable examples, and funny illustrations to make the way we use currency throughout the world easy to understand. Turn each page in this book to learn a new basic concept about money, including earning... read more
When exchange student Soo Yun has to return home to Korea, her class makes her a beautiful scrapbook so that she will never forget the wonderful times she had in America. Each page is an entry from a student who would like to share their favorite memory of spending time with Soo Yun. As readers flip through the pages of this heartfelt book, they will find out what a great friend Soo Yun was to... read more
Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Bugs & Butterfliesexplores all things creepy and crawly, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of butterfly wings, honeybee eyes, and spider legs with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let’s turn up the ZOOM a... read more
Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Sea Life explores our beautiful and curious oceans, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of fish, coral, and other magnificent sea creatures with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let’s turn up the ZOOM and d... read more
This deluxe kit contains everything you need to create beautiful watercolor postcards. Even if you've never picked up a brush, you can jump-start your creative journey with the included easy-to-follow instruction booklet containing tips and techniques from watercolor experts Joseph Stoddard and Brenda Swenson, high-quality brushes, and elegant Strathmore postcards. Bring this compact studio wi... read more
Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most widely read books in the world. Readers will learn about Anne as she went into hiding from the Nazi Party in this nonfiction title. Through vibrant images, informational text, timelines, and a glossary of terms, readers will discover the hardships Anne and her family went through in order to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. This inspiring ... read more
Learn about car mechanics and teamwork as three unlikely friends work to build a miniature racer. In How to Build a Car, three unlikely friends--Eli, a mouse; Phoebe, a sparrow; and Hank, a frog--decide to build a small motorcar together. The story follows the friendly trio as they learn all about how a car works and how it is constructed. Detailed illustrations show the inner workings of the ... read more
Learn about flying and teamwork as three unlikely friends work to build a miniature airplane. In How to Build a Plane, three unlikely friends--Eli, a mouse; Phoebe, a sparrow; and Hank, a frog--decide to build a small plane together. The story follows the friendly trio as they learn all about how a plane flies and how it is constructed. Detailed illustrations show the inner workings of a plane... read more
Library Media Connection Editor's Choice for 2014, Hive Mind brings imaginations to life with action-packed, science fiction! Attend Sci Hi with Sidney Jamison and his friends while they study Colony Collapse disorder, which is killing millions of bees around the world. Find out what Sidney and his friends do when they find themselves inside a beehive, struggling to save the bees and themselve... read more
SCUBA diving in the Pacific. Tuna-salad sandwiches. An underwater lab. Life can't get any better for Sidney Jamison. But it can definitely get weirder. When Sidney, Penny, and Hari are invited to help the marine biologists at WAVElab study the mysterious deaths of deep-water fish, they find more questions than answers. How did a prehistoric fish land in the lab? Why are scientists disappearing... read more
Someone sabotaged the fusion reactor, and Sci Hi is trapped in the past! Sidney, Hari, and Penny embark on the adventure of several hundred million lifetimes, and come face to face with Earth's fiercest prehistoric creatures. Can they jump back to their own time before a deadly comet strikes? Or will they be trapped in the past forever?
Some of the most powerful things in the world are so tiny they can't be seen with the naked eye! Readers will be amazed at what they see when they take a glance at the world of the mini but mighty in this stunningly fascinating nonfiction title that features remarkable images and graphics, informational text, index, and glossary. Through these features, readers are able to explore and discover... read more
Turn each page in this book to learn a new basic grammar concept, including alliteration, similes, hyperbole, and much more, turning what can at times be dry topics into something approachable and fun. Full of quirky and hilarious illustrations, kids will love learning so much they might even laugh out loud. Flex your literary muscles, and soon you'll be a regular wordsmith!
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