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Counting to Bananas Book Birthday!

It’s finally here! I’m so excited that Counting to Bananas is out in the world today! I think Banana here is pretty delighted, too. Since picture books don’t often have space for an acknowledgements section, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the MANY people who have helped usher this book into being. First… Read more »

Be Brave, Be Bold!

Early this morning, at 6:25am to be precise, I presented at a conference as an author for the first time. Was I nervous? Yes. Was I scared? Yes. Did I feel a little bit like and imposter. Also, yes. But, you know what? Despite my reservations, I had FUN! When my friend and critique partner… Read more »

Counting to Bananas in Parents magazine

Look whose book is in the April 2022 print issue of Parents magazine! The full review from Parents: “An endearing yet opinionated banana makes learning numbers hilarious. The story starts as kids might expect: one plum, two figs, three oranges. But when four pigs show up, the banana interjects that pigs aren’t a fruit. The… Read more »

First Trade Review

The first trade review is in from Kirkus Reviews for Counting to Bananas, and it’s a good one! Read the full review from Kirkus. Get your signed preordered copy from Powell’s!

Blog Tour Begins!

I was so excited to kick off my debut year with three guest blog posts this January! On January 8, I enjoyed talking about recipes for success with my fellow KIDLIT CARAVAN-ers Paula Cohen and Harshita Jerath on Vivian Kirkfield’s blog Will Write for Cookies. That same day, Kaitlynn Leann Sanchez interviewed my editor, Cheryl Eissing,… Read more »

New Book Deal!

I’m so excited to finally share that Banana from my debut picture book COUNTING TO BANANAS is getting a sibling book: B IS FOR BANANAS, coming in Spring 2023! I’m delighted to continue working with the great team at Flamingo Books, my editor Cheryl Eissing, illustrator Estrela Lourenço, and my agent Tracy Marchini!

Shout Out to Kidlit Caravan!

Earlier this year, I joined a group of fellow debut picture book creatives. We are Kidlit Caravan, a group of authors and illustrators who are supporting each other in navigating the waters of having our debut books come out in 2022. I’m so happy to be on this journey with them, and wanted to give… Read more »

COVER REVEAL!

Many thanks to Kidlit411 for hosting the cover reveal of COUNTING TO BANANAS: A MOSTLY RHYMING FRUIT BOOK and a picture book/dummy critique GIVEAWAY on their blog today! Estrela Lourenço and I are excited to share the book with readers, available for pre-order now, out April 12, 2022! Sound on for trailer! 🌟🍌🌟🍌🌟

Welcome!

The news of the day is that I have a new website. Many thanks to Websy Daisy for their design services and Estrela Lourenço for the fabulous banana art. Bananart? Either way, I’m glad you’re here! Stay tuned for more book-related news.