I fell in love with reading as a child and I am honored to bring this love to children through my own books and connected works.
My first published book, "Everyone's Sleepy but the Baby," will be published in March 2021 by Familius, a growing independent book publisher based in California. The book is illustrated by Adele Dafflon. I wrote this book as a sleep-deprived new mom and I hope it will help other exhausted parents laugh through the long nights, and maybe convince their children to sleep. More importantly, I am excited that creating a book geared to 0-2 year olds could help spark a love of reading even before a baby has its first laugh. The spare, poetic text evokes the humor, beauty, and frustration of new parenthood. I collaborated with the publisher and illustrator to create a sweet and silly visual layer to the story, while representing safe sleeping environments.
My second published book, "Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat," will be published in August 2021 by Sourcebooks, and will be illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff. This book shows bats trick or treating for bugs. A fun rhyming main text should bring smiles to kids, while a non-fictional addendum gives educators opportunities to use this book as a way to make science fun. I worked with the publisher and illustrator to increase the accuracy of the illustrations while remaining appealing to kids. I have a third picture book contracted with Sourcebooks which is still taking shape but which will also be an educational, fun picture book.
I am already working on expanding the impact of my books and writing beyond the printed page. For "Everyone's Sleepy," I will donate a copy of the book for every preorder receipt I receive at [email protected]. I plan to host free events focused on stories and books for young families when it is safe to do so.
For "Trick or Treat," I am planning Halloween-based giveaways so kids can get free books along with their edible treats. I am also planning school visits and library events that will encourage a love of reading, writing, and science.