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If you are a reader, parent, teacher, librarian, or friend, I hope you enjoy your visit with me here. I have written more than 300 books for children from preschool to middle school, including fiction, nonfiction, early readers, and biographies. Look around to find out more about me, my books, and my author visits. And treat each day as an opportunity to explore, learn, create, play, and discover. 
Recent Releases 
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ROBOT, GO BOT!, 2013
Random House
24 pages, Ages 4 to 6
When a girl puts together a robot from a kit, she makes a new friend! But she learns a lesson in what friendship means when the robot gets fed up with her orders.

Kirkus Starred Review!

Read about this series and other Early Readers.


GREAT NEWS!
Robot, Go Bot! was included on Kirkus's Best Children's Books of 2013!
Read more about it here. 

MORE GREAT NEWS!
Robot, Go Bot! is an ALSC 2014 Notable
 Children's Book!
Read more about it here. 

AND MORE GREAT NEWS!
Robot, Go Bot! was named by Bank Street as one of the 2014 Best Books of the Year
!

   
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DESSERT DESIGNER: Creations You Can Make and Eat! , 2013
Capstone Young Readers
112 pages,
Grades 3-9
Create desserts that are treats for the eyes! Decorate like a pro with these fun ideas and tips to make amazing creations, such as a lollipop disco ball, nail polish bottle cake pops, alien cookies, and armadillo cupcakes. You may decide your creations are too awesome to eat!

Winner of the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze, Activity Book 1-Games, Arts, & Crafts category


Read about other Nonfiction for Older Children.

 

   
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COOKING AROUND THE WORLD , 2014
Raintree
48 pages, 
Grades 3-5
Explore the world through these culinary tours!
 
Titles:

Recipes from China
Recipes from India
Recipes from Italy
Recipes from Mexico
 

Read about other Nonfiction for Older Children.

   
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TRUE BOOKS, 2013
Scholastic/Children’s Press
48 pages, Grades 3-5

This series, co-authored with astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, explores new ideas in space travel. The books explain how astronomers have used technology to discover new stars, planets, and ways to explore further than ever before.
Titles:


The 100 Year Starship
Discovering New Planets
Exploring Our Sun
Journey through Our Solar System

Read about other Nonfiction for Older Children.

   

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HOW-TO LIBRARY, 2013
Cherry Lake Publishing
32 pages,
Grades 2-5
There are always new skills to learn. Choose a challenge and try your hand at projects in these books. Try them on your own or with a friend, in every season, indoors and out!
Titles:
Crafting with Duct Tape
Crafting with Recyclables
Creating Thanksgiving Crafts
Creating Halloween Crafts
Creating Winter Crafts
Folding Origami
 

 Read about this series and other Nonfiction for Older Children.

 


 

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More biographies Coming Soon!

 

News! 

My series Food Revolution (Compass Point Books), that includes the books Going Organic, Going Vegetarian, and Going Vegan, won the 2013 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award in the category of Youth Nonfiction Series from the Santa Monica Public Library. What a thrill! If you are curious about other winners, please visit The Santa Monica Public Library here. 
 

In April 2011, I was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This grant will support my continued development as a fiction writer and expand my creative opportunities. To read more about it, visit the Artist Fellowship Program. 

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My books in the news...

Teens Still Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables
Boston.com, November 29, 2011, Globe Staff  
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Encouraging Beginning Readers with Nonfiction
by Alicia Eames, Curriculum Connections
School Library Journal, October 6, 2009  
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Welles Turner Library Visit, Glastonbury CT 
Glastonbury Reminder-News, July 22, 2008 

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