About Me

I’m the author of Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Lee & Low Books, 2022), a winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth, I Love You for Miles and Miles, illustrated by Mike Yamada (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017), and two forthcoming picture books: Eighteen Flowers for Grandma: A Gift of Chai, illustrated by Jesse White (Red Comet Press, 2024) and The Remembering Candle, illustrated by Selina Alko (Barefoot Books, 2025).

Before becoming a children’s writer, I worked for economic justice organizations and co-wrote the resource guide, Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation (Soft Skull Press, 2007). My articles about giving, activism, and economic justice have been published in magazines and journals. I’ve also blogged about activism in children’s literature. I studied art history and anthropology at Tufts University and received a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University.

These days, I love researching everything from marine life to contemporary art for my books. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Grub Street, and the London Writers’ Salon.

In addition to writing, I offer critique services for picture book creators.

Signed copies of my books are available from Porter Square Books.

I enjoy connecting with young readers and writers at schools, bookstores, libraries, and cultural organizations. Learn about my author visits.

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