Here’s a list of my books, complete with honors and awards. To read more about each book, click on books tab for the drop-down menu.

FRANKIE WORKS THE NIGHT SHIFT (picture book fiction) Jennifer Taylor, illustrator; Greenwillow, New York, 2010; chosen as an Outstanding Book of 2010 on Bank Street College 2011 Best Children’s Books of the Year list.

VOLCANO WAKES UP! (children’s poetry) Steve Jenkins, illustrator; Henry Holt, New York, 2010; featured book on Read On Wisconsin!, online book club; upcoming Pearson Education electronic book.


EARTHSHAKE: POEMS FROM THE GROUND UP (children’s poetry), Cathie Felstead, illustrator, Greenwillow, New York,  August 2003. Junior Library Guild selection; starred review School Library Journal; Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction Award for 2004 (poetry); School Library Journal Best Book for 2003 (poetry); Minnesota Book Award nominee 2004; upcoming National Geographic soft cover and electronic book.

OUR FAMILY TREE: AN EVOLUTION STORY (science picture book), Lauren Stringer, illustrator; Harcourt, San Diego, spring 2003; translated into Korean; subject of University of Minnesota 2003 Naomi Chase Lecture; Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction Award for 2004 (nonfiction); winner, Minnesota Book Award 2004; nominated for PEN Center USA literary award 2004.

COLD LITTLE DUCK, DUCK, DUCK (picture book fiction), hardcover, Sam Williams, illustrator; Greenwillow, New York, 2000; IRA/CBC Children’s Choice; three starred reviews; Alternate Selection, Book-of-the-Month Club; Nest Literary Classics; American Booksellers Pick-of-the-List; British edition, Macmillan UK, April 2001; 2001 American Library Association Notable Book; Parenting Magazine (Dec./Jan. 2001 issue) Reading Magic Award; Texas Library Association 2001 2×2 Reading List; International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choices for 2001”; Scholastic’s Firefly Book Club; translated into French, Korean; HarperCollins board book 2005;

THE SUN,  THE WIND AND THE RAIN (science picture book), hardcover, Ted Rand, illustrator; Henry Holt, New York, 1988; Holt paperback, 1990; starred reviews; Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Association, 1988; Nominated, Minnesota Book Award; Scholastic book club edition; Scholastic Big Book; Macmillan/McGraw Hill second grade anthology; Harcourt Brace second grade anthology; British and Japanese editions; videotape edition by Spoken Arts; selected for Washington Reads, Fall 2005; upcoming National Geographic soft cover and electronic book.

SLEEPYHEAD BEAR (picture book fiction) Greenwillow, New York, 2006

WE’RE RABBITS! (picture book fiction), illustrator, Jeff Mack, Harcourt, San Diego, March 2004; interview, March 2004 (archived)

OCTOBER SMILED BACK (picture book fiction), hardcover, Ed Young, illustrator; Holt, New York, 1996; Nominated, Minnesota Book Award

WATER’S WAY (science picture book), hardcover, Ted Rand, illustrator; Little Brown, Boston, 1991; Children’s Choices for 1992/Children’s Book Council; 1992 Children’s Books of the Year, Child Study Children’s Book Committee; Macmillan/McGraw Hill school edition; Scholastic Magazines edition; Scholastic/English and Spanish language

GOOD MORNING, RIVER! (picture book fiction) hardcover, Deborah Kogan Ray, illustrator, Little, Brown, Boston, 1990; Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies (Joint Committee of the National Council for the Social Studies and Children’s Book Council), 1990; Junior Library Guild selection

MEG AND DAD DISCOVER TREASURE IN THE AIR (science picture book), hardcover, Deborah DeSaix, illustrator; Holt, New York, 1995

THE HAYLOFT (easy reader), hardcover, K.D. Plum, illustrator; Dial, New York, 1995; Dial paperback edition, 1998

THIS WAY HOME (science picture book), hardcover, Normand Chartier, illustrator; Holt, New York, 1994; Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Association

PURPLE DELICIOUS BLACKBERRY JAM (picture book fiction), hardcover, Barbara McGregor, illustrator; Little, Brown, Boston, 1992; Nominated, Minnesota Book Award

TANIA’S TROLLS (novel) hardcover, Little, Brown, Boston, 1990; Avon paperback, 1992

THE CONDOR (Wildlife series, 4th-5th gr.), Crestwood House, New York, 1990

WHEN THE FLY FLEW IN (picture book fiction), hardcover, Brad Sneed, illustrator; Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, 1994; starred reviews; International Reading Association Children’s Choices 1995 list; Junior Library Guild selection; PBS “Storytime”, 1996; Trumpet Book Club edition, 1996; Scholastic Book Club edition 1999

SERENGETI (National Park series, 4th-5th gr.), Crestwood House, New York, 1989


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