Leon and Lulu's 2nd Annual Books & Authors event was wonderful and raised over $1500 for Detroit area schools.

INSIDE ALL is a featured book at the Berkley, Michigan artists market Yellow Door Art Market 

Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Spring 2011
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kirkus starred review
"...this one stands tall not just for delving into a piece of labor history not previously covered, but for its ability to relate history with heart and resonance."
Author Visit - Tohatchi Middle School
Tohatchi, New Mexico
January 2011
I had a wonderful time visiting with the delightful students at Tohatchi Middle School in Tohatchi, New Mexico!
Many thanks to the fabulous teachers there who hosted me -  Ms. Kelleher and Ms. Webb - and to the students for their beautiful artwork!
Author Visit - Cassady Alternative Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio
April 7 and 8, 2011
Many thanks to all the fabulous students at Cassady Alternative Elementary School for asking so many great questions, spending so much time with me, and drawing such beautiful pictures!  And thanks also to the lovely teachers who welcomed me into their classrooms, most especially, of course, Ms. Mary Weaver.  By special request (:)), you can view the author visit slide show here.
MAY 2012 ~

Japanese edition of


awarded the 2012 Sankei Children's Book Award for translated titles

 Congratulations and thank you to translator Sumiko Moriuchi!
Thanks to Arizona, Virginia, and Michigan for honoring THESE HANDS 

- Selected for Virginia Readers' Choice Master List for the 2013-2014 school year

- Selected as 2012-2013 Michigan Great Lakes’ Great Books Award Nominee

- Selected as 2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

Author Visit - Bartlett South Lyon Elementary School, Ms. Gilbert's 3rd & 4th grade class, May 2013
Many thanks to Ms. Gilbert and her delightful 3rd and 4th graders at Bartlett South Lyon Elementary School for asking so many great questions and drawing such beautiful pictures!  
Thanks to California, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts for honoring THESE HANDS 

- 2014-2015 California Young Readers Medal Selection

Read on Wisconsin Book of the Month Selection ~ with book trailer!

Bridges Together Inter-generational Reading Opportunities Selection

 ~ now published in South Korea and China ~ March 2016

Thanks to librarian Alison Ernst & the spectacular students and teachers of University Liggett for a lovely author visit ~ April 2016

May 2019
Dedication of the Mary A. Weaver Library Learning Center
Cassidy Alternative Elementary School
Columbus, Ohio
~honoring our beloved sister~
~reading champion, book-lover, & teacher extraordinaire ~

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi