Job: Author, Educator, Mom
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
What is the last book you read? Potato Pants by Laura Keller and Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Yes, I read multiple books at the same time and these two were amazing.)
What are some of your favorite reads? The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; Harry Potter by JK Rowling; Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall; Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage; The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh; Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish; The Weird School series by Dan Gutman; The Dunderheads by Paul Fleishman illus by David Roberts; Sophia’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller illus by Anne Wilsdorf; My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems; The Family Book by Todd Parr; The Dot by Peter Reynolds; Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon; Oh No by Mac Barnett illus Dan Santat…if you have more room, I have more favorites. 🙂
What’s on your nightstand? The arc for Jennifer Robin Barr’s amazing upcoming MG novel, Goodbye, Mr. Spalding; Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosocza; In Your Shoes by Donna Gephart; Poe Won’t Go by Kelly DiPucchio illus by Zachariah Ohora; The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, MD; Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Where did you go to High School? Lower Moreland
What was your favorite High School required read? The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
What is your favorite childhood memory of this area? Running through the heart at the Franklin Institute and playing pick-up games (like wall ball and wire ball) with the kids on my block
What is your idea Sunday Funday? Spending time with my family
What do you love most about Philly? That it is the City of Brotherly Love.
What is your favorite bookstore in Philly? My favorite bookstore near Philly is Children’s Book World!!
What inspired you to write My Quiet Ship? Everyone has sounds they wish they could quiet down. Vacuum cleaners. Thunder. Lightening. When I was younger, I wished I could quiet the sound of my parents’ yelling. Though I can recall many nice childhood memories, when I think about the yelling, I can still feel that worried drop in my stomach. Like Quinn from the book, I would go under my corner desk and pretend to blast off with my stuffed-animal crew.
When volunteering in classrooms, many children spoke about the yelling in their homes. Kids Health by Nemours suggests, “…the best thing to do is to stay out of the argument and go somewhere else in the house to get away from the fighting or arguing. So go to your room, close the door, find something else to do…” https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/parents-fight.html I wanted to share the idea of a Quiet Ship with all children, and let them know that if they feel scared or sad by yelling in their homes, they are not alone.
And the most important…
Coffee or tea? Tea!!