Even when I got “too old” for children’s books, I never left them entirely. I’d visit the children’s section of the library or bookstore and read as much as I could — even when I was in college and out of school.
Now, I write for adults during the day and for kids at night. And in between, whenever I have a moment to spare, you’ll still find me reading whichever children’s book is at the top of my stack.
With the help of my great literary agent Ammi-Joan Paquette, I sold my first picture book to Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House — Sophie’s Squash. (It comes out Aug. 6, 2013.) I also have two books that should come out in 2015 – Sharing the Bread (from Schwartz & Wade) and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville (from Chronicle Books).
I wrote a blog post describing my first sale and another talking about the revision necessary to get a manuscript ready if you’d like details.
Before those sales, I also received letters of commendation for the Barbara Karlin Grant two years in a row. This is an award presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to unpublished picture book writers.
I’ve also sold three stories to Highlights magazine. That was a thrill, because I read that magazine every time I visited the dentist office as a child. It was the only good thing about going there!
If you’d like to know more, here’s an interview I did with Sarah Mullen Gilbert on her blog, The Writing Cave.