JUST RELEASED! My latest picture book with illustrator Cindy Rodella Purdy – Miss Muffet & Bitsy: A Snow Day!



I am so thrilled to see “Snow Day” in print! Cindy knocked it out of the park with her illustrations, and after more than a year of work, we are excited to share it with you!

This is the second book in the “Miss Muffet & Bitsy” picture book series and is a fun holiday adventure. Miss Muffet and her best little spider friend, Bitsy, love snow days. They plan the perfect snow party and invite all their friends, but what will happen when everything goes topsy-turvy? Join us this holiday season to find out what happens!

Kids will fall in love with this new holiday classic!

Please click here to pick up your copy, and let me know what you think of the story! Happy reading!


650 Kids … 4 Days … 1 Fun Week of School Visits!

Thank you Davis Middle School!

It was a week to remember! And it all started with MOON TEARS being integrated into the Language Arts curriculum at Davis Middle School in Georgia. I had the honor of speaking with two groups of 150 6th graders each at Davis, most of whom had read the book. The presentation incorporated writing techniques along with several interesting little-known aspects of World War II. The breadth of questions and insightful comments these amazing kids shared were beyond inspiring. I’m proud to call them the future of our country.

Signing bookmarks in the sound booth before the second talk

Each of the kids left with a bookmark and a pencil with which to begin their masterpieces!

A view of the crowd from the sound booth


One of the highlights was a first for me – signing arms! I think I may have just made it!

Signing arms and bookmarks
Signing arms and bookmarks

The next day was a fun trip to World Language Academy. Luckily, I was speaking to the one class of third graders in which the students are allowed to speak English. It was a good thing, or else I would have had to have found a Chinese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese interpreter! The kids were awesome, and we stretched the 30 minute visit to a full hour and 15 minutes.

Third graders at World Language Academy
Third graders at World Language Academy

Sugar Hill Elementary was my next visit. I spoke with five classes of fifth graders about what it’s like to be an author and what writers do all day. The kids were filled with enthusiasm and so eager to learn about writing and World War II.

With a class of inquisitive fifth graders at Sugar Hill
With a class of future authors at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill

The final tour day was a return trip to Sugar Hill to read MISS MUFFET & BITSY to six classes of kindergartners and second graders. After story time, the kids tried on the props and became swashbucklers and party princesses for a day!

A beautiful princess experimenting reading with the magnifying glass.
Bitsy looks on as a beautiful princess experiments with the magnifying glass.
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill

One of my favorite comments was from the teacher next door to the room I was in. Since we have screaming and cheering throughout MISS MUFFET & BITSY, her class said, “I wish we could be in there all day. They’re having ALL the fun!”

It was without a doubt a week to remember, and so thrilling to share my books with so many amazing kids!