is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 100 books and over 500 stories and articles. Recent picture book releases include Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird (Peachtree), If Wendell Had a Walrus (Henry Holt), Chicken Lily, (Henry Holt), Mousequerade Ball (Bloomsbury) illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Betsy Lewin, and Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range (Clarion) a sequel to Cowpoke Clyde & Dirty Dawg, one of Amazon’s best picture books of 2013. Yee-haw!
When she’s not letting her cat in or out, or hiking around birdwatching, camera in hand, she’s tapping away at her keyboard, conjuring, coaxing, and prodding her latest stories to life.
Today, she lives in the foothills of Northern California with her family and their cat, Max. He likes to sit where he doesn't belong--like her desk--and works his way into many of her stories.