Conversation with the Author
About creating "A Night at the Zoo"
My latest book, "A Night at the Zoo," an "I Like to Read" picture book was just published by Holiday House. It is a story for early readers told in very few words and lots of pictures!
I am the author and illustrator of 18 books for children including 7 Easy Readers and 11 Picture Books.
I grew up in Longview, Washington where I developed an early love of stories and books. In college I studied short story writing and literature, as well as painting, drawing, and graphic design in order to prepare for a career in children's books. I graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Art. I moved to New York City where my first book was published by Windmill Books. During that period I learned the ups and downs of children's book publishing. I also worked as a graphic artist and in other assorted jobs. Later, I moved to Cambridge, MA. and five years after publication of my first book, my second book, The Biggest Nose, was published by Houghton Mifflin.
My enthusiasm for children's literature eventually led to my pursuit of a dual career as a Children's Librarian. I earned my Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island and have divided my time between working as a Children's Librarian and writing and illustrating children's books ever since. On my days off, I can often be found browsing in bookstores.
Titles and Honors:
A Night at the Zoo. Holiday House, 2014.
Duck & Company Christmas. Holiday House, 2011.
Termite Tales. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Candlewick, 2009.
Duck & Company. Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices and ALSC "Great Elementary Reads." Holiday House, 2007.
Termite Trouble. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Candlewick, 2005.
Worm Gets a Job. Junior Library Guild Selection, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, CBC Children's Choices. Candlewick, 2004.
Wow, It's Worm! Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award. Candlewick, 2001.
Well Done, Worm! Candlewick, 2000.
The Friendship Tree. American Booksellers Association Pick of the List. Holiday House, 2000.
Hillary to the Rescue. American Booksellers Association Pick of the list, Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year. Carolrhoda, 2000.
Starring Hillary. Carolrhoda, 1999. and TumbleBooks.
The Wimp. CBC Children's Choices. Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Fox and Bear. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
The Coolest Place in Town. Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
Harry's Smile. Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
The Purse. Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
The Biggest Nose. Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
Inspector Aardvark and the Perfect Cake. Windmill, 1980.
Several of my stories from "WELL DONE, WORM!" and "WOW IT'S WORM" and "TERMITE TROUBLE," which were published as part of the Candlewick Press Brand New Readers series have appeared on PBS Kids Between the Lions.