New Children’s Book

I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest children’s book, The Noise in the Woods, in both English and Spanish versions. This is my fourth children’s book, and its theme is imagination. My previous three books explore other ideas; Father and Sister Radish and the Rose-Colored Glasses is about friendship, The Box of Toys is about generosity, and The Boy and His Mountain is about how children see the world differently than we adults do. All four are available in both languages and all four are illustrated by A. B. Walker, who always brings a new, unexpected, and greatly appreciated visual perspective to my stories. Collaboration is an exercise filled with possibility and surprise, and we could all use a little more of that, I think.

Not coincidentally, until a month ago I had four grandchildren (hence the four books); Kavya’s arrival calls for a fifth book in the near future. Because of distance and the pandemic, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her and haven’t begun thinking in any specific way about the upcoming book. That will come later, I’m sure. For those of you fortunate enough to have grandchildren, I can recommend them as a source of inspiration. If you don’t, hang around with the very young now and then; it’s good for the soul.

Links for purchasing these, as well as my books written for adult readers, can be found on my website, You can find links to my podcast there, and I also have a blog that meanders from subject to subject with no discernible pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.

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A career working with teenagers on the fringes of society has made me both sensitive to and appreciative of the complexities of character and the struggles, inner and outer, that we all wrestle with in one form or another. My writing emphasizes character development over action, and, as a lifelong Southerner, the rhythms and cadence of the Southeastern United States influence both my spoken and written voice.

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