Upcoming Events

Book Signing in Ottawa – info forthcoming!

Past Events

VCFA Book Birthday

March 23, 2022, 8pm EDT

With all book tours going remote in 2020, Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program began a series of celebrations, Book Birthday Parties! Join program staff in celebrating these incredible books and amazing achievements of our beloved community.

Book Launch hosted by Pajama Press

March 16, 2022, 7pm EDT

Hurray, the book is here! Join us online for an interview with Jen and Maggie, a reading, an inside look at the illustration process, and a Q&A session for young readers and adults alike!


Book an Event

Invite me to your school, library, workshop, or other event! Here are some examples of presentations I offer for younger school-aged children. Please contact me for more information.

Strong Verbs – Writing Workshop
Age level: Grades 2 – 5
Duration: 55-60 minutes

Kids will learn how strong verbs can enhance their writing by making it more descriptive and exciting, and by revealing how a character feels.

Explore a Book! Explore an Ecosystem!
Age level: Grades 2 – 4
Duration: 50 – 60 minutes

Kids will develop an explorer mindset toward 1) picture books and 2) a river ecosystem. They will also be encouraged to explore books and the outdoors!

This is the Boat that Ben Built – Participatory Reading & Add to the Ecosystem!
Age level: Grades K – 1
Duration: Two 30-minute sessions

The first 30-minute session builds on existing knowledge of rivers and river animals and engages kids in a fun participatory reading session of This is the Boat that Ben Built that uses American Sign Language signs. The second 30-minute session introduces living and non-living parts of a river ecosystem. Kids will discover how the author and illustrator work together to create a picture book story and add their own living thing to the story.