Once upon a time there was a girl who, before she discovered art, wrote books and articles and poetry. From a very young age writing was my way of making sense of the world. I wrote to discover why I thought and felt the way I do. I wrote to explore the implications of choices I made and to investigate the whys behind those choices. I told my truths in order to help others recognize the universal truth of their stories and help them find a way to make sense out of their world.
Along the way, I published some books.
Hugging the Rock
Tricycle Press, 2006 ISBN 978-1582461809
Oliver’s Must-do List
Oliver wants his mother to play with him. But when his mother checks her must-do list posted on the refrigerator door, she discovers the morning is filled with too many chores. The next day Oliver presents his mother with a must-do list of his own. That’s when Oliver’s mother gets to work–and the fun begins. This special story captures the bond between a mother and child who share together.
Mary Sullivan, illustrator
Boyds Mills Press, 2005 ISBN 978-1590781982
Can I Pray With My Eyes Open?
Is there ever a wrong time or place to pray?
Deciding when and where to pray is something every child wonders, and this non-denominational picture book offers an answer. Whether angry and upset, or playing games and counting stars, every child is assured that they can pray when, where, and how they want, and they will always be heard!
Garin Baker, illustrator
Hyperion Books for Children, 1999 ISBN 978-0786803286
Jump at the Sun Treasury
Enrique Esparza and the Battle of the Alamo
In early 1836, trouble broke out in Texas. Texas was part of Mexico, yet many of its settlers wanted to fight for independence. Mexican General Santa Anna and his army came to battle the Texans in San Antonio at the Alamo. Eight-year-old Enrique Esparza witnessed the battle. His father was a soldier with the Texas army. The whole Esparza family had taken shelter at the Alamo, but they knew it might be dangerous. Would they survive?
Jeni Reeves, illustrator
Lerner Classroom, 2010 ISBN 978-0761339427
Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom
The true story of the fugitive slave and Civil War hero Robert Smalls. With his family aboard, Smalls and his fellow slave crew members commandeered a southern supply ship and sailed it out of Charlestown harbor into the Union waters.
Felicia Marshall, illustrator
Millbrook Press, 2006 ISBN 978-0822560517
The Poetry Friday Anthology
The Lead Detectives
This book was a work-for-hire project for the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a great organization helping to educate children about the dangers of lead poisoning and how kids (and their families) can learn to be safe around lead. You can read the entire book online here. http://leaddetectives.org/flipbook.html