The Pirate is Back!

It’s not goodbye, just a fun farewell!

Come out and see me tomorrow (11AM EST)  at A Reader’s Corner bookstore on Franklin Ave. Rumor has it that a pirate will be reading Quentin’s Problem and some back-to-school themed books. ☠️

It’s also the last Saturday story time before the store’s new owners take over. On September 2nd, the store will be called Roar-Shack Books & Art. Let’s all show Ms. Judy lots of love and welcome the new owners, Thomas & Amanda!


Where and when?

A Reader’s Corner
11:00 AM EST
2044 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky

School Visit for Earth Day!

Friday, I visited St. Aloysius Catholic School in Pewee Valley. In honor of Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) I read Fuzzy Buzzy’s Treasure to several groups of kiddos from pre-K through 3rd grade and spoke about bee conservation and why we have to protect our bees.

We also made bookmarks with squiggly antennas. Several kiddos asked me to autograph them.

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All the kids were awesome and asked a lot of great questions. We talked about how all these fruits and vegetables need bees to pollinate them. I was particularly impressed to discover how many fellow broccoli lovers were in the audience!

We also compared the fictional pollen baskets in the story to a closeup pic of a real pollen basket on a honeybee.

Several kiddos ordered signed books, and one young man even brought in two he had bought somewhere else and had me sign them. I think we all had fun, and I didn’t even lose my voice after reading to about seven groups!

So, a big, big thank you to Mrs. Lohman and all the teachers, staff and kids at St. Aloysius for a very fun school visit. I hope I can visit again soon.

Story time at A Reader’s Corner

My daughters and I always have a fun day at this independent bookstore. Lots of kids and parents came out for my reading of A Home for Rosie and another Valentine-themed book. The very best part? I got a valentine from one of my sweet readers. Nothing makes my heart happier than a child who enjoys my books.

Next up, the KCTE Conference in Lexington on February 25. I’ll have a table there and all my books available. Looking forward to talking to my heroes….teachers!

Happy February & Pink T-Shirt Day!

15977887_1200510269996683_8810732445770393148_nDid you know that February 22 is Pink T-Shirt Day? This anti-bullying campaign is led by is a small, all volunteer, non-profit society in British Columbia, Canada who donate t-shirts to schools and assist in anti-bullying initiatives. A study by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) found that 63% of 1,167 children with autism had been bullied. This month for my newsletter subscribers, we have an all new giveaway for a book about autism and bullying with an anti-bullying themed necklace to raise awareness of this issue.

This month’s newsletter giveaway:

No One Needed to Know
by D. G. Driver & an anti-bullying themed necklace

Heidi’s brother, Donald, is 16 and Autistic. She has always loved playing with him, but now she’s 11 and her life is changing. She’s embarrassed to have her brother around and tries not to tell anyone about him. High school boys bully him. When the kids at her school find out about him, she gets bullied too. It’s not fair. No one seems to understand.

But Heidi needs to understand too. She can’t change her brother, but she can change how she feels about him, and she can get people to see why her brother is special.

A perfect book for 9-13 year old readers dealing with bullying issues or to promote understanding and compassion for people with special needs.

Learn more and read an excerpt at:

ISBN: 978-0-692-82913-4

Available in print for only $6.99 at Amazon. 

Part of the Schoolwide Inc. Zing! digital (You must register for their subscription service, which gives you access to all their children’s ebooks)

If you’d like to take part in my subscriber-exclusive giveaways, sign up for my newsletter here:  You won’t get spammed with daily emails, I promise. Usually, I only send out 1-3 emails per month depending on what’s going on.

Congratulations to Gail N. for winning the January newsletter giveaway of Emma’s Dancing Day by Kimberly S. Hoffman.emma_cover

Congratulations to all the winners of the Goodreads giveaway for A Home for Rosie:

Rebecca I.
Mark M.
Ashleigh R.
Randi M.
Gayle Cappelluti 

A BIG thanks to everyone who entered. If you haven’t yet, add it to your Goodreads to-read list and grab a copy for your kiddos!


Available in paperback at these sites:


Barnes & Noble

And at these independent bookstores:

Karen’s Book Barn, Lagrange, KY

A Reader’s Corner, Louisville, KY

Ask your local bookstores to order it from Ingram (yes, they are returnable) with these ISBNs:

ISBN-10: 1938768728

ISBN-13: 978-1938768729