I love to read. I love to write. I love to learn. It is my mission to do all of these every day. Look around to discover my favorite books, what is inspiring my writing, and to share and discuss stories!

About Me

I write children’s books.

When I’m not writing, I teach fourth grade, take care of my own personal zoo, learn about computer science, run, rock climb, paint, and spend time with family.

Truly these are research and inspiration for whatever I will write next.

I have lived all over the United States. As a baby I survived Nor’Easters in Buffalo, New York, as a child I took cover from tornadoes in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a teenager I felt the earth tremor and quake in San Diego, California.  I settled in my favorite place in 2013 and live with my husband and dozens of fury and scaly pets just north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Books I wish I wrote…

Have you ever read a book that spoke of something you’ve always felt, but never been able to put into words?

Have you ever read a book that you’ve enjoyed so thoroughly that you wish you thought to create it?

This is my “I wish I wrote that…” book list. These books make me laugh. They make me cry.  (In no particular order)

Read them. Enjoy them. Share them.

  1. I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell
  2. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  3. What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen
  4. Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
  5. Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
  6. We Eat Dinner in the Bathtub by Angela Shelf Medearis
  7. Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Aistrian
  8. I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso


The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington: A 2020 Middle Grade Must Read!

The best way to survive a tornado? In the Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington, Lexington knows how to endure a storm better than most. If only she could feel as confident on the calm weather days when she ventures away from her home base, the zoo. She rarely leaves the zoo due to her special …


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