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I write for children, with an emphasis on stories that

connect kids with nature and reflect social justice themes. 


 I'm also a writing teacher, reader, walker,

bird lover, islander, and Shakespeare fan. 


I'm thrilled that my middle-grade novel manuscript, Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.

Eleven-year-old Zach Hammerkop dreams of being like his namesake, the powerful hammerkop shark--also known as the hammerhead. After he's forced into a summer Shakespeare acting camp and discovers that a hammerkop is actually a dumb, clumsy bird—just what he feels like most of the time—he’s doomed. When disaster strikes on opening night, it's up to Zach to rescue the play, but only if he can find his true hammerkop power inside him. 

Books about Writing for Kids and Teachers


Some books that have inspired my teaching. 


Have Fun with Poetry!


Poetry is a great way to encourage kids

to play with language. 


Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades: Ages 5 to 12 by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig

Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades: Ages 11 and Up by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig

Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know by Ralph Fletcher

How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You by Ralph Fletcher

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors by Marion Dane Bauer

Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion Dane Bauer

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You by Ralph Fletcher

Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine

The Young Writer's Companion by Sarah Ellis

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems compiled by Jackie Morris

A Crow Doesn't Need a Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry from Nature by Lorraine Ferra

Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems edited by Georgia Heard

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community by Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe

A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Seasons by Warabe Aska, with poetry selected by Alberto Manguel

Some Gems Especially for Teachers


From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children's Books by Sarah Ellis

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades by Jennifer Jacobson

Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger

What It Is: Do You Wish You Could Write? by Lynda Barry