Check out the Starbucks Upstanders series

Have you seen the new original series that Starbucks is putting out, called Upstanders? It’s really cool! According to their webpage: Upstanders is an original collection of short stories, films and podcasts sharing the experiences of Upstanders – ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Read More …

Emmanuel’s Dream a WA State Book Award Finalist!

The Washington Center for the Book announced the Washington State Book Award finalists for 2016, and I’m honored to say that Emmanuel’s Dream is among the three finalists for the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award in the Picture Book category! The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announces the Washington State Book Awards finalists Read More …

Good news for MY DOG IS THE BEST!

I’m tickled to share some good news about MY DOG IS THE BEST with you today:   First, it was listed in the CCBC Choices 2016 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center!   Second, it was also awarded a 2015 Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)!   Third, I worked with Curious City Read More …

Wonderful news for Emmanuel’s Dream!

There’s been a bunch of exciting news regarding Emmanuel’s Dream lately, and I wanted to share it all with you… First, it was recently selected as a Notable Book in the Children’s Africana Book Awards! One of my all-time favorite picture books—One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul—was similarly recognized, which makes this honor even more special.   Read More …