I am the author of eight picture book biographies. My books have won a 2019 Sydney Taylor Notable, the 2019 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, the 2018 South Asia Book Award, the 2018 Children and Teen's Choice Book Awards, a Junior Library Guild selection, two Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, two Silver Eureka Award, a Little Free Libraries/Children’s Book Council Pick for the Action Book Club.
They’ve been on on multiple state reading lists, including the 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids list, the 2017 Texas Library Association's 2X2 and Topaz lists, 2017-2018 Kennebec Valley Book Award Books, the 2018 Illinois School Library Media Association's Monarch Award Master List, Connecticut's 2018 Charter Oak Children's Book Awards list and the 2018-2019 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice awards. I’m a two-time presenter at the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival selection at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. with books selected for the March Book Buzz for the eMissourian, the Children’s Book Council’s Hot Off the Press list and the Mighty Girl’s list.
Published: THE WILLIAM HOY STORY, HOW A DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER CHANGED THE GAME; MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT, HOW CHARLIE SIFFORD BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER IN GOLF; IRVING BERLIN, THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING; THE QUEEEN AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE, QUEEN CHARLOTTE’S GIFT TO ENGLAND; MARTIN & ANNE, THE KINDRED SPIRITS OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND ANNE FRANK.
In 2020: BEAUTIFUL SHADES OF BROWN, THE ART OF LAURA WHEELER WARING and FOR SPACIOUS SKIES, KATHERINE LEE BATES AND‘AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL’
A native New Yorker, I’m a graduate of Harvard University, with a master's from Columbia University, a member of the Nonfiction-Ninjas.com, 19PBbios.com and the Book Meshuggenahs, a proud member of SCBWI and 12X12.
NOW BOOKING AUTHOR VISITS FOR 2019 - 2020
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Presentations for my author school visits touch on important reading and writing skills and ideas students and teachers can carry back to the classroom. Author visits for elementary schools are different from those for middle schools. I can adjust presentations to meet the curricular needs of each school assembly, as well as offering different programs for younger and older elementary students. I enjoy talking to round tables of Young Authors and can make even large school assemblies feel interactive. I have served as a panelist and speaker at Texas Library Association, International Literacy Association, National Council for Teachers of English, Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., the Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish BookFest in Dallas, New York City Public School Librarians’ conference, Dallas Book Festival, Tulisoma South Dallas Book Festival in Fair Park and the North Texas SCBWI and can address educators, young adults, adults and seniors as well as children.
A school visit by a children’s book author is an exciting way to promote literacy. I love to visit schools and share with students the joys of writing and reading. My biographical subjects offer an opportunity to teach the values of perseverance, resilience and following your dreams. Plus, they offer an opportunity to see history from the perspective of a diverse group of people, including women who are all too often left out of textbooks. My books come with free Teacher Guides and projects that allow you to post their accomplishments on dedicated pages on my website.