Upcoming Events 2021
My publisher requested an image of Cow to use in a thank you to all the teachers who requested permission to use MOO! during distance learning.
As you can see, Cow was happy to oblige. Thank you, all teachers and librarians, for learning to teach in a new way and for caring about our students!
20th Picture Book!
Very happy to receive an advance copy of my new book Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun which comes out on October 8th, 2019. This is my 20th trade picture book. Here they all are in chronological order starting at the bottom with my first picture book, Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets written by Kathy Combs and Kitty Griffin. Though sometimes this ride makes me feel like Turtle, I hope it continues!
See the Book
I’m so thankful that my paintings for See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog arrived safely at Candlewick. I’m also very thankful to have been able to illustrate another wonderful story written by David LaRochelle! It was fun to have David over to my studio to look at the final art before shipping it off.
The book comes out in 2020. Look for more details soon!
Authors in April
I had a wonderful week visiting schools in Michigan for Authors in April. I visited with the kindergarten and first grade students at fifteen different schools. Every school welcomed me with beautiful artwork that the students created based on my books.
Here I am with the authors that visited the older grade levels: Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Lord, and Lenore Look.
Minnesota Book Award Finalist
I was very excited to learn that This Is NOT a Cat! is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Children’s Literature category. This is my fourth year in a row that one of my books has been a finalist!
KARE11 Sunrise with Belinda Jensen
Moo! is first selection for Once Upon a Reader!
David LaRochelle, Cow, and I traveled to every corner of Minnesota and visited 59 libraries with our presentation/puppet show for preschoolers. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show and thank you to Once Upon a Reader for choosing MOO! as their inaugural book!
Once Upon a Reader is an early literacy program designed to encourage young children and adults to read together.
See the videos: Creating MOO! and MOO! The Moo-vie!