My philosophical inquiries were abruptly interrupted by kindergarten.

My philosophical inquiries were abruptly
interrupted by kindergarten.

I am the author of over thirty children’s books, as well as Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover’s Romp Through Jane Austen’s Classic, and a memoir, An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer’s Story.

My essays have appeared in The New York Times,  The Wall Street JournalWriter’s Digest, The Writer, the New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Baltimore Sun, and The Antigonish Review, among other places.

Below are some of my most entertaining posts for writers at Writer’s Digest:

Really Rotten Reviews 

My new memoir, An Incredible Talent for Existing, describes my existential childhood, the radical sixties, going crazy, and how all that led me to becoming a writer. Like many things in life, it was a giant mess when it happened, but it made a great story afterwards!

I was fortunate growing up in that my parents filled my brother and my lives with children’s books that I lived in and through. That’s why I love writing for children, playing with words and ideas, rhyme and rhythm, as well as writing for adults. Most importantly, I try not to take myself too seriously!

My parents filled our lives with wonderful children's books.

My parents filled our lives with wonderful children’s books (it helps when they’re about you!)

Coming in October, 2019!

My new picture book, C Jumped Over Three Pots and a Pan – and landed SMACK in the Garbage Can! illustrated by Hina Imitaz, will be out this year.

As a little girl, I saw letters as living beings – mischievous, ingenious, and inventive. Letters  possess the transformative ability to create words, that in turn tell a story.  So it was natural for me to write an alphabet book in which the letters are alive and brimming with personality, a story that is simultaneously an adventure tale, a puzzle, and a word game.  I hope it will open a window for young readers through which they can glimpse language and reading as engaging, inviting, and most of all fun!

Summary: When C falls into the garbage can, it’s up to the rest of the alphabet to save him from ending up in the dump.  But four letters are missing! Could they be the answer to saving C?  Young readers will enjjoy guessing the secret word the missing letters form—a word that may save the day for C.

I had so much fun working with the illustrator, Hina Imitaz.  Her colorful, imaginative illustrations reflect our laughter and joy in this project.

You can view the book in the catalog here

Also coming in October, 2019:

TRUCKS ZOOMNG BY! illustrated by Barry Gott (Kane)

It’s time to get up now.

We’re ready to load.

Goodbye to the city.

Hello to the road!

I love choosing a subject and writing rhymes that bounce so high they almost jump off the page.  Writing and researching different kinds of trucks and what they do was so much fun.

After I got the trucks rolling, I added a little girl driving across country with her trucking mom and dad.  Their day is filled with adventure and the excitement of all the other trucks they see:

Drill trucks with ladders

And long rubber hoses.

Trailers with horses

That stick out their noses!

Together the family navigates crowded city streets, bumpy country roads, and busy highways.

Barry Gott’s kid-friendly, exuberant illustrations make the ride even more of an adventure.

See it at B&N here


I am also working on my book about living in Florence, Italy, with my family, “No One Feels Sorry For You When You’re Living in Tuscany.”

Read a chapter from the Italy book below:


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