My Writing

Books:

  • Cat Speak – Revealing Answers to the Strangest Cat Behaviors, Capstone Press, 2016

         School Library Journal said:

                 “K-Gr 2 –This series goes beyond the basics to give young cat owners practical information about their pets. Each title contains common features, such as four chapters, a hands-on activity, and culminating critical thinking questions linked to the Common Core. Cat Speak provides a lot of material on cat behavior, even mentioning the role of genes in how instinct is developed. “

                                                                              

  • Let’s Take It Outside, (contributor), Gryphon House, 2012.
  • Over 25 interactive gift books, Havoc Publishing, 2001-2005.
  • First Time Authors, (contributor), Institute of Children’s Literature, 2003.
  • Mother Voices, (contributor), Sourcebooks, Inc. 1998, 1999.

Contract Writer for State Assessments:

  • I’ve written over 300 passages (fiction and nonfiction) for multiple state assessments 2005-present.

Children’s Publications:

  • “Magnetic Tic Tac Toe” (game). Highlights. Forthcoming.
  • “Paper Bead Necklace” (craft). Hopscotch. Dec/Jan 2011.
  • “Autumn Dance” (poem). Pockets. October 2006.
  • “Grandpa’s Hearing Aid Mystery” (fiction). Story Friends. July 2006.
  • “A Lemon Friendship” (fiction). Story Friends. February 2001.

Articles/Essays for Adult Publications:

Christian Science Monitor:

  • “Family Warmth and Meatloaf Monday.” June 2008
  • “French Flair Solves an American Dinner Problem.” March 2006.
  • “What the Envelope Contained Was a Life Lesson.” December 2003.
  • “A Change in Plans Leads to Two Surprise Endings.” February 2003.
  • “The Stranger Who Left as a Sister and Daughter.” November 2001.
  • “Playing the Name Game.” January 2001.
  • “Mood Indigo.” December 2000.

The Family Digest:

  • “Rethinking Family Dinners.” September/October 2007.
  • “The Gift of Kind Words.” January 2003.
  • “A Surprise Note.” January 2002.
  • “Unexpected Benefits of My Garage Sale.” October 2002.

Fox Valley Kids:

  • “Rethinking Family Dinners (reprint).” December 2007.

Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators:

  • “Your Book is at the Bookstore…How to Make Sure it Sells!” November 2005.

Grit:

  • “New Member of the Family.” September 2002.

Minnesota Parent:

  • “Three Milk Teeth.” 1999.

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