New book contract

I have a new picture book coming! What Is It Like to Live on an Island? is coming in April 2019 from Little Bigfoot Books, the publisher of Journey. This one stems from my fascination with islands. I’ll be heading to the San Juan Islands this summer, in fact, to enjoy the views from the ferries, go whale watching, and eat seafood conduct research. As you can infer from the image of Orcas Island below, it’s going to be quite a tedious chore.

(Image courtesy Trip Advisor)

Berkeley and Oakland school visits

For me, April was my month of East Bay school visits. I was honored to share Journey with all the schools in the Berkeley Unified School District, as well as Berkwood Hedge, an independent school in Berkeley, and Chabot Elementary, in Oakland. Following are some photos.

Cook Prize, SONWA award, and Crystal Kite

I am thrilled to share the news that Journey is the winner of the Cook Prize! I will be in New York next week, at Bank Street College, at the award ceremony. More info here.

I am also extremely grateful to Northland College, in Wisconsin, for honoring Journey with the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, in the picture book category. Read about it here.

And lastly, Journey is a finalist for the SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award, in the California-Hawaii region. Winners to be announced May 18.

Thank you all so much for this recognition and support!


Dates in SF, East Bay and New York:

  • Saturday, 3/25, 1-3 pm : Cliche Noe, as part of Wordweek, Noe Valley’s book festival //
  • Wednesday, 4/26, 6:30-8 pm : Chabot Elementary, Oakland, book fair (hosted by bookstore Mrs. Dalloway) //
  • Thursday, 4/27, 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm : Berkeley school visits //
  • Thursday, 5/4, 9:30 am : Sunset Elementary, San Francisco //
  • Saturday, 5/6, 2-4 pm : Walnut Creek, SCWBI panel on nonfiction picture books //
  • Thursday, 5/18, 9:30-11:30 am : Bank Street College (Cook Prize luncheon) //


I’m excited to say that Journey has been named a finalist for Bank Street College’s 2017 Cook Prize! This prize is awarded to STEM picture books for kids age eight to ten. The winner of the prize will be announced in April, but regardless, I will be at the award ceremony in New York on May 18! I can’t wait.


Come hear Journey and make a fun wolf craft on Saturday, 1/14/16, at the Sunset branch of the San Francisco Public Library! Reading begins at 1:30 pm. All ages welcome.

Hope to see you there!


This week is a busy one! Here’s where I’ll be:

  • Saturday, 1/21, 11:30 am — Cornell Elementary, Albany, CA //
  • Monday, 1/23, 6-9 pm — The Linden Tree (bookstore), Los Altos, CA //
  • Tuesday, 1/24, 5:30-7:30 pm — The Reading Bug (bookstore), San Carlos, CA – SCBWI SF South bookstore event with debut authors panel //
  • Wednesday, 1/25, 10:15 am — AP Giannini Middle School, San Francisco //

MONKEI MILES, 12/10 @ 11 A.M.

I am excited to be reading this Saturday at 11 am at my friend  Monica’s store, Monkei Miles. Here’s the awesome poster she made up. (And look how cute her store is!)