News and Events

News:

So excited to be working with Rafael Lopez and Little, Brown on a new picture book — I’LL MEET YOU IN YOUR DREAMS! Look for it in Spring, 2021!

A WISH IS A SEED will be available February 25th from Creative Editions! Check out Maria Cristina Pritelli’s beautiful cover illustration! You can preorder a signed/personalized copy now from Parnassus Books — each preordered book will be sent with a handmade seeded-paper bookmark and many good wishes!

Signed books: Order signed/personalized copies of all my books at Parnassus Books (they ship!):

Interviews:

How SCBWI Helps Launch Careers: A Conversation with Four Authors for Parnassus Musings

With a Big Heart and Big Dreams—Chapter 16 interview with Susan Eaddy

Book Time interview

Interview with James Burks on Haggis and Tank Unleashed

Interview with Charles Santoso on Spy Guy

Spy Guy‘s wonderful illustrator, Charles Santoso, featured on 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog

Interview with Chapter 16 (Humanities Tennessee)

Interview with Julie Danielson on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog

Interview with Elizabeth O. Dulemba on My Blue is Happy

Interview on Celebrating Debutantes 2013 blog

Interview with Chapter 16 (Humanities Tennessee) on My Blue is Happy

Interview with Frog on a Blog

“Celebri-Dots” project for International Dot Day — a celebration of creativity that was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot.” See my happy blue dot, and make a “dot” of your own!

Read some reasons I love picture books for Candlewick’s 20th Anniversary “We Believe in Picture Books” initiative.

Events:

2019

February 21: University School of Nashville Evening Class, Nashville, TN

February 24: Children’s Writing Presentation, SCBWI Midsouth, Bowling Green KY

March 12: Tuesdays for Tots Reading, Activities, and Signing, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

March 23: Reading, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

March 30: Reading, Activities, and Signing, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

April 19-20: Spring Art Hop, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

April 26-27: Southern KY Book Festival, Bowling Green, KY

July 16: Guelph Public Library, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

September 14-15: Midsouth SCBWI Conference, Franklin, TN

September 20-21: Heartland Book Festival, Elizabethtown, KY

October 21-24: School Visits, Louisville, KY

November 8-9: EpicFest, Charlotte, NC

November 21: NAEYC (Publisher Spotlight Booth Signing), Nashville TN

November 22-24: NCTE (Panel and Publisher Spotlight Booth Signing), Baltimore, MD

2018

February 6: University School of Nashville Evening Class, Nashville, TN

February 15: Read to Be Ready, Franklin, TN

February 20: Read to Be Ready, Knoxville, TN

March 1: Read to Be Ready, Jackson, TN

April 14: Storytime in the Gardens, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

April 21-22: Southern KY Book Festival, Bowling Green, KY

May 5: Prince William County Schools Reads 2018, Manassas, VA

May 8: Read to Be Ready, Nashville, TN

May 10: Read to Be Ready, Nashville, TN

May 19: Children’s Festival of Reading, Knoxville, TN

May 20: PLAY THIS BOOK/PET THIS BOOK launch, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

May 22: Tuesdays for Tots, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN

June 18-22: Vanderbilt SAVY Program, Nashville, TN

August 18: Song and Story Time, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN

August 28: Imagination Library Carnival, Mountain City, TN

September 10: Tennessee Association of School Librarians, Murfreesboro, TN

October 12-14: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN 

October 20: Books by the Banks, Cincinnati, OH

November 8: Barnes & Noble, Chattanooga, TN

November 10: The Bookshop, Nashville, TN

November 15: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Washington D.C. (signing in Publisher Spotlight booth)

November 17: Kentucky Book Fair, Lexington, KY

November 24: Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

2017

January 21: ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, Atlanta, GA

January 31: Southeast Library STEAM Club, Nashville, TN

February 6: University School of Nashville Evening Class, Nashville, TN

April 8: Nashville Symphony Children’s Series Green Eggs and Ham (pre-concert story time), Nashville, TN

April 21-22: Southern KY Book Festival, Bowling Green, KY

May 13: Haggis and Tank Unleashed — Howl at the Moon launch party, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

August 27: Barnes & Noble, Brentwood, TN

September 24-25: Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville TN

September 28: Tennessee Association of School Librarians Conference, Murfreesboro, TN

September 29-30: Midsouth SCBWI Conference, Franklin, TN

October 14: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

November 17-18: Kentucky Book Fair, Lexington, KY