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I write fiction and nonfiction for kids. My story, The Biggest Thing in the Garden, appeared in the October 2019 issue of Highlights magazine.

I have four  books coming out in 2020. The first two are part of a Saving Earth’s Biomes series. Saving the Oceans from Plastic and Restoring the Great Barrier Reef offer readers important facts about environmental issues affecting our planet. They introduce the science and technology people are working with to find solutions. Click on My Books for information and lesson plans from the publisher.

I am the Regional Advisor for the Inland Northwest chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). You can check out our upcoming events here: https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/





Social Media Sea Legs

This weekend, our local SCBWI region organized a Social Media Day. We talked about websites, personal branding, and different marketing strategies. My presentation covered social media, and how to connect with the #kidlit community on different platforms. Whether you’re published or pre-published, having a social media presence can connect you to a larger community. It … Continue reading

A Picture Book Month

Yesterday was the final day of Storystorm! I’ve participated for a few years. It’s always a fun month, full of inspiration. I have my 30 + 1 ideas to ponder over. I’ve even started working on one idea. This month has brought more picture book fun and excitement with the Snappsy the Alligator book team. … Continue reading

Little Miss Candy Corn

A little Halloween fun for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.  Little Miss Candy Corn by Rachel Hamby   Little Miss Candy Corn practiced her wave from her perch atop the Trick-or-Treat float. Cecelia was the Queen of Halloween, and soon, everyone would know it. As the float chugged toward Main Street, Cecilia picked one candy … Continue reading

Magazine Writing & Work-for-Hire

For our upcoming SCBWI conference in Spokane, I’m leading a small group session about Magazine Writing & Work-fir-Hire.  Here are a few great resources I found during my research. The ‘bug‘ magazine submission guidelines & wish lists. This interview with Patricia Stockland on Harold Underdown’s site. This article by Christine M. Hepperman on The Horn … Continue reading

The Squirrel

Hanging a bird feeder outside my office window has become a big distraction for me and my furry friend.