It's just one word, the best word I can think of: THANKS!
But there is really no word to adequately express how rich and rewarding teachers, librarians, parents and of course the wonderful children, have made my life over these many years.
And obviously I have to thank my publishers at Dawn Publications, Sylvan Dell Publishing
and Lerner Books for making it possible for me to become a children's author.
As I continue to combine fact and fiction, in my "faction" books, I love each book in a different way-- from frogs, birds, shells, ocean creatures, rainforest animals, planets, Arctic animals, animals that migrate, Australian animals, forest animals, animal analogies to the very latest, a bear who climbs a tree. These books continue to receive some terrific reviews and awards. The latest good news is that both Animalogy
and Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek
just won a 2013 Teachers' Choice Award.
It is such fun writing and researching, each time learning something new and exciting about animals and nature. I am so thankful to be able to do this, entertaining and educating kids for the past 12 years and in the years to come. With appreciation to my dear editors, art directors, marketing people and the terrific illustrators of my picture books, I look forward to sharing three more informational picture books in 2013 (Can you guess what they will be about?) and just signed another one for 2014. Even though I use words all the time, there will never be enough of them to express my heartfelt "thanks!" Read More