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Upcoming Events

November 2014: NCTE Annual Convention, details to come


August 2014:
It has been a busy summer with the release of the third Zoe book, Zoe's Jungle, as well as I Feel Five! from Candlewick. I'm also looking forward to the December release of Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book. In the meantime, I'm working on the illustrations for a second Violet and Victor book and another (very fun!) book with my Zoe editor.

October 2012:
I will be illustrating a new picture book, written by Alice Kuipers, for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

April 2012:
I'm beginning to work on a book that will be published in 2014 by Candlewick Press!

March 2012: I'm thrilled to announce that I am working on another Zoe book! Look for this one in 2013 from Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).

January 2012:
There is all kinds of news brewing; check back soon for updates. In the meantime, I am working on a companion book to Buglette. Snippet the Early Riser will be available from Knopf next Spring (2013).

January 2012:
The 2012 edition of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's market is available now and I'm quite honored to be included. See page 167 for my interview.

July 2011:
Buglette the Messy Sleeper has been awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award. Go Buglette!

July 2011:
I am the runner up for the Don Freeman Grant this year. Thank you SCBWI—I think it's time to buy some new paintbrushes!

January 2011:
My picture book, Zoe Gets Ready, has found a wonderful home at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)! Publication date: Spring 2012.

December 2010,
Best of Show:
My work was selected for the SCBWI Northern California juried holiday show at the Brick House Gallery in Sacramento. The show was judged by Kristine Brogno (Children's Design Director) of Chronicle Books -- I am thrilled and honored to report that my work was awarded Best of Show! The show features eight fantastic SCBWI illustrators and runs through December and January.

Buglette the Messy Sleeper:
My first picture book, Buglette the Messy Sleeper, is slated for publication in May of 2011. Stay tuned for updates!

May 2010: I am the runner-up in SCBWI's Magazine Merit Awards (for illustration). You can read more online here. Or, click here to view the SCBWI article (jpg).

April 2010:
I was awarded one of three honorable mentions for SCBWI's Don Freeman Grant. Click here to view the article (jpg).

Ladybug Magazine:
My illustrations are featured in the March 2009 issue ("Spider's Riddle").

Your Big Backyard
(National Wildlife Federation): See my illustrated feature in the March 2009 issue.

Previous Appearances

November 1, 2013:
Vegas Valley Book Festival
More info here.

October 17-19, 2013:
Humboldt County Author Festival
More info here.

October 20, 2012:
SCBWI Fall Conference
More info here.

July 22nd, 2012, Time TBD:
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, La Verne, CA:
Reading and activities. More info here.

July 21st, 2012, 10:30 AM:
Children's Book World, Los Angeles, CA:
Reading and activities. More info here.

June 23rd: ALA Convention, Anaheim, CA, 11:00 AM - Noon: Signing Zoe Gets Ready at the Scholastic booth, #2634

June 15th, 2012, 6:00 PM:
Arts Council of Wyoming County, Perry, NY:
Speaking and signing books. More info here.

June 13th, 2012, 10:00 AM:
Liftbridge Books, Brockport, NY:
Kids' event to celebrate Zoe Gets Ready. More info here.

May 19th, 2012, 4:00 PM:
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Zoe Launch Party! Cupcakes! Stickers! Come! More info here.

October 15, 2011:
Barnes and Noble, Redwood City: Please check back; more information to come.

September 24, 2011, 2:00 PM:
Fairytale Town Book Festival:
I'll be on the Mother Goose stage at 2:00 PM! Come on out for this celebration of children's literature. Fairytale Town website

September 10, 2011, 11:00 AM:
Story time at San Bruno Barnes & Noble:
Please join me for a reading and activities at 11:00 AM. BN website

June 11, 2011, 11:00 AM:
Story time at Books, Inc. in San Francisco (Chestnut Street):
Please join me for a reading and activities at the 11:00 AM story time. Books Inc. website

May 22, 2011, 11:00 AM:
Story time at Kepler's in Menlo Park:
Please join me for a reading and activities at the 11:00 AM story time. Kepler's website

May 21, 2011, 4:00 PM:
Launch Party for Buglette at Book Passage in Corte Madera:
Please join me for this public event. I will be reading, signing and providing tasty treats and fun stuff for the kiddos. Book Passage website

May 14, 2011, 11:00 AM:
The Reading Bug in San Carlos:
Please join me for a reading and activities at the 11:00 AM story time. The Reading Bug website

I grew up in Western New York (read: lots and lots and lots of snow). Even though I've lived in Sausalito for 15 years, I still feel like I'm on vacation when I leave my house.