1. One Year of Zinnia and the Bees!

    Zinnia and the Bees was published one year ago today! To celebrate, I finally made a bookface!


    And here are some favorite snaps to recap the past year.



    Plus, I’m giving away one signed copy of the book over on twitter—come see!


  2. spring events in and around la

    I hope you’ll come see me at some spring events in and around Los Angeles.

    I’ll be part of LA’s Yarn Crawl, the LA Times Festival of Books, and LitFest Pasadena!

  3. thank you!!

    A huge thanks to everyone who snapped and shared a photo of Zinnia and the Bees in 2017! And to everyone who read it, reviewed it online, checked it out from a library, or got it into the hands of a kid reader, which is the very best gift—THANK YOU!



    Best wishes & happy reading in 2018!

  4. interview on books between podcast!


    It was a treat to have a fun conversation with teacher and podcaster Corrina Allen of the wonderful Books Between Podcast for teachers, librarians, parents, or anyone interested in middle grade literature. I’m a listener and fan of the podcast, so it was especially neat to have a chance to be on the show!

    Corrina and I talk about Zinnia and the Bees, the metaphors of yarn-bombing and bees, adolescence, recent books I’ve loved, when Roald Dahl visited my school, my favorite picture books of all time, and vermicomposting. You can take a listen here.





  5. zinnia and the bees at third place books in seattle!

    My second tour stop was Seattle, and the Third Place Books Seward Park! Big thanks to Michelle who took care of the event there, and to all who were able to attend. It was such a wonderful evening!








    (That’s Sanae Ishida, author and illustrator I admire big time, whose latest book is Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet.)