When You Need Wings

When You Need Wings takes readers on a wonder-filled exploration of a child’s imagination, thoughtfully weaving in a gentle suggestion of how to explore that bountiful inner world and let it help them shine with courage in the real one.

When You Need Wings
is now available!

The Making of When You Need Wings

Homes In The Wild

Just like us, every baby animal has a home. Some live in complex burrows deep underground, others in simple nests high in the treetops. But all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose: providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. Wild creatures―from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels―aren’t so different from us after all.

Creative Process Videos

Mary’s Monster

My debut young adult novel, Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein was longlisted for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award), selected as a book of Outstanding Merit on the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list, added to the Amelia Bloomer List, and was shortlisted for the 2019 UKLA Book Award by the UK Literacy Association. Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a unique biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.

Teachers: Share the revision process with students through the Mary’s Monster Timeline


I created a timeline of the milestones, research, writing, illustrating and revising activities that led to the creation of Mary’s Monster. The first stages of this book started over ten years ago and learning the true story of Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein became my passionate pursuit.

Penguin Flies Home

Penguin soared with the eagles in Flight School. Now he’s heading home to teach his friends!

Penguin loves everything about flying: the wind beneath his wings, the song that rises from his belly, and the sight of new and wonderful places. Still, he misses his penguin friends in the South Pole. So, he flips and flaps back home, ready to teach them the magic of flight!

But when he arrives, his enthusiasm for flying doesn’t get quite the reaction he expected. Will Penguin’s friends still like him, even if they don’t share his soaring dreams?

My New Etsy Shop

A little part of me has always dreamed of living in the English countryside above a little shop where I could paint, and share creativity with whimsical pieces of art for sale. There’d be tea and cake, and shop kitties to greet everyone who entered! Alas, that will remain just a dream, but I’ve decided I can have an online shop. I can’t serve tea, but I can share creativity and art, and of course the kitties are here to greet everyone. So I’ve opened an Etsy shop. I invite you to check it out. Please bring your imagination, and a cup of tea (or coffee if that is your thing) and join me there.

In preparation for working on my book about dogs, I'm giving myself the freedom to just play and paint with dogs! Their expressions - so much fun!⁠
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I've had a few people message me in the past week about whether I have any art available from my book, When You Need Wings. Yes! I have both originals and prints. Follow the link in my bio to my Etsy shop. I'll be loading more soon too😊⁠
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So many days this year, it feels like we are trapped, not able to be with people we love. But somedays, there are moments of complete contentment, when it feels like the music playing is just right, the warm tea is just right, the quiet aloneness is just right. That is how it felt painting this little hedgehog. I hope it makes someone feel the “just right” of their own day.⁠
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From my studio - I painted three wobbly, unispired paintings in a row because I was putting too much pressure on myself, and then I grabbed a stray piece of watercolor paper and this little guy popped onto my easel. Sometimes magic happens when you let go and relax. Hope this brings a smile to everyone on this Monday morning.
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What's happening in my studio - I've been painting away, so it is always fun to turn back to porcelain. Here is a little wee character in progress. Even in tough times, sculpting really calms my mind and heart. I think you have to focus so much on bringing a little character to life, other things you are carrying around drop away. Plus, hands in mud, it's FUN!
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I've got a bunch of to..do's that will keep me from my easel most of the day, so I painted this just to start my day in a loose and playful way. I find that trying to draw or paint, even if it's a little thing everyday, are really key to keeping my imagination flowing.⁠
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Dreaming of travel sketching again...someday! Dordogne, France, one of the best days ever!
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My Willow girl sits on the porch hour after hour with a far off expression, but I think this is where she is in her mind. I'm calling this "Willow Kitty Hits the Pond." Just put it up on my Etsy shop. You can follow a link in my bio 😊
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I have another cover reveal! My book, THE WISDOM OF TREES, is coming out next spring. As we all keep an eye on the devastating fires, I think it's more important than ever to understand and learn from these remarkable trees. Trees work together and give back to their communities by protecting one another, raising young, and sharing food. We can learn a lot from them about survival and teamwork. I'm really looking forward to sharing this book! @mackidsbooks
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I wasn't able to travel this summer, so I went away in my mind. It turned out to be pretty wonderful!
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I was locked out of Instagram because someone used my picture and set up a phony account. Then instagram locked me out instead/ Sorry if you got a follow request from the fake me. All is sorted and I'm happy to be back! Please follow the real me. If there isn't any art, it isn't me!
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A quiet morning with whispers of fall. I love how the soft outside light makes the colors  feel even more warm and inviting in the house. Resanding and pickling the floors was a lot of work, but I love how home is brighter and cheerier. What else can I find to paint?
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I'm working on a series of paintings that express joy and love. Posting these and several more to my Etsy shop in hopes that these paintings find their way to hanging on bedroom walls where they can brighten a child's day! Because creating for Little Ones is my greatest joy.
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I created this ceramic vessel to hold memories of my grandparents. They were ornithologists and spent winters traveling from Wisconsin to Mexico on the path of birds. They both loved the sea and bird life there. This holds some beads and stones they collected on their travels. 
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Color proofs are here! It's taken a little longer to get proofs done and color corrected, but we are getting there. Here's a sneak peek at my upcoming book, Even The Smallest Will Grow (coming out next spring). So excited for this one! @simonkids 
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I create best from a place of joy. A dear friend brought me flowers on a dreary day a while back, and that little bouquet held a whole bunch of love, happiness, and inspiration! This is the second painting to come from that lovely moment.
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I had a high spirited and courageously strong grandmother and I want to be just like her some day. Meanwhile, I am inspired by all wise and wonderful women! 
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I'm gearing up to paint a series of whimsical kitties and the way I always find my way into ideas is to just start sketching. It's begins with watching and drawing my Maine Coon girls and then imgination will soon kick in to craete some whimsy paintings.  More soon!

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Creating in this scary time of uncertainty can be difficult, but I find if I keep showing up to the easel, cretivity keeps showing up for me, bringing a little joy, focus, and calm. I hope my paintings that come form this, like "Music is Joy" shares these emotions with others! And perhaps inspires others to keep creating in these difficult times!
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Squeee. Yesterday was our first sweater weather here in NH  and it inspired me to paint "Sledding Puppies". I think I look forward to winter more than I enjoy the actual event. I just listed this painting, along with several other new works on my Etsy shop. Curl up with a cup of tea and stop by if you get a chance. (link to shop is in my bio)
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