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
will be released on March 3rd

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.
Painting Homes in the Wild

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?

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A close up of some of the little characters I made A close up of some of the little characters I made from ceramics for the wire house. So much fun - I want to make sculptures of all my future book characters now!
I've been pushing on three book deadlines for mont I've been pushing on three book deadlines for months, working through the weekends and holidays. But now I'm giving myself a holiday - making lights out of ceramics and painting the characters I sculpted last fall for my wire house.
Advanced readers (F&G's) for another book baby are Advanced readers (F&G's) for another book baby are here. PLAY IN THE WILD coming out later this spring! Yay!!
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I've been drawing up a storm for a new book projec I've been drawing up a storm for a new book project, which means not painting as much. So I try to do something loose and gestural to keep my brushes flexed in between.
My two headed puddle of cuddle. My two headed puddle of cuddle.
When You Need Wings comes out in just over a month When You Need Wings comes out in just over a month. So excited to start sharing more from inside the book. The story was one of my favorites to create, a place to let my imagination soar, a place to feel calm, and happy.
How to groom a cat -- it's a family affair! Withou How to groom a cat -- it's a family affair! Without Beatrix to help, Willow would be out of there in a second.
It's a wrap! Packing up my tree paintings today (f It's a wrap! Packing up my tree paintings today (first I have to pick out all the cat hair from the paintings:) to send to my lovely editor. It feels kind of momentous after three years of research, writing, exploring, and painting.
It's a book - When You Need Wings! A picture book It's a book - When You Need Wings! A picture book about overcoming anxiety and the power of quiet. So excited to have this release March 3rd. Beatrix and Pulina poured a lot of love into this one as well.
Another tree I have met in preparation for my book Another tree I have met in preparation for my book on trees - an ancient Bristlecone pine. I love working on this book- I feel like I've travelled the world, sometimes physically, mostly mentally, in search of these beautiful beings.
Dave is getting plenty of help making little gift Dave is getting plenty of help making little gift packages for the upcoming book baby release - because there are RIBBONS. Lots of ribbons!
Another piece of whimsy crossed my ceramics table. Another piece of whimsy crossed my ceramics table. Can't wait to fire up my kiln. This one has fairy lights!!
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Happy New Year everyone! May the New Year be fille Happy New Year everyone! May the New Year be filled with joy and adventures.
I made myself some whimsy. Can’t wait to fire an I made myself some whimsy. Can’t wait to fire and paint these little ceramic characters.
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Just thought I'd share a sketch from my summer ske Just thought I'd share a sketch from my summer sketchbook on this cold winter day. Drawing kids at play - one of my favorite things.