I won SECOND PLACE in a poetry contest!

Exciting news! My poem, “Centipedes Make Peculiar Pets” won SECOND PLACE (along with a cash prize of $350! Whoohoo!) in the Institute of Children’s Literature’s Rhyming Animal Poetry Contest! Unfortunately, I can’t share the poem with you YET because technically as part of winning, I’ve given the ICL the right to first publish it in their… Read more »

New Published Poem!

YAY! I was so excited to receive my author copies for the June 2024 issue of Blast Off magazine with my poem, “At the End of the Day,” beautifully illustrated by Hannah Seakins. For some reason I had in my records that this poem wasn’t publishing until July so this was a happy surprise. Please… Read more »

Whatever Comes Tomorrow is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist!

WAIT, WHAT???!? Whatever Comes Tomorrow is a finalist for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the Atlantic Division!🎉🥰 This is a peer-given award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators that celebrates distinguished books for young readers. I am so honored that my fellow creators loved my book enough vote it into the… Read more »

AFIKOMAN making a splash across the pond!

Last month, an educator in the UK won a copy of AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? on one of my Twitter giveaways. Today, I received a DM from her, sharing an email she got from a teacher at the school who read the book with her students. Check out these fabulous pics of AFIKOMAN making his… Read more »

I’ll be presenting at ALA!

Calling all librarians and educators! I’ll be presenting at the 2024 annual American Librarian Association conference in San Diego! I’ll be on a panel entitled “The Power of Children’s Poetry in the Classroom and the Community,” on Sunday, June 30th at 11am, along with fellow esteemed poets and authors Margarita Engle, Chris Baron, Katey Howes,… Read more »

New Book Announcement!

I can’t even describe how thrilled I am to finally shout about this book announcement from the rooftops! LOOKING FOR LIGHT: A SHABBAT STORY is a poem picture book, told from the perspective of “the Light,” which reminds us to take time each week to notice and find gratitude for the good that is all… Read more »

A Super Special School Visit!

This week I had the extreme honor of sharing my books with Franklin Elementary School in Summit, NJ. What made this particular visit so special is that Franklin is the school that I walked my own kids back and forth to every day for NINE years! It was so wild and wonderful to be back!… Read more »