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I write books for children. I especially love picture books, so that is the focus of my work.

Before I started writing, I did all sorts of work in all sorts of places. In Denali National Park, Alaska, I worked as a waitress. I studied plants and made a prairie (sort of) in Kansas. I lived in Ghana, West Africa, for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, and in Costa Rica I rented boots to tourists in a cloud forest. I worked in a prison in Missouri. So far in Pennsylvania, where I currently live, I have taught dance classes, painted a mural on the local library, and explained raptor migration to children at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Now I get to write about it all and make pictures, too! My family is glad that I'm no longer wandering around the world quite as much as I used to, but I still enjoy a good adventure every now and then.

I also love to dance--en pointe, lyrical, and around the house! I make lots of bread, and also lots of lists. I think I could walk forever along the ocean. I'm happy pretty much anyplace where I can tromp around outside.

Want to know more?

Cook Prize honor acceptance speech and interview

Interview with Christy Mihaly.

Blog post for Charlesbridge.

Book review and guest post on Sophia Mallonee's blog.

Interview with Brianna Caplan Sayres.

Guest blog post for Alan Marks.