April 8, 2020

Thank you to The Nature Generation for naming THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST as a 2020 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book! I am so grateful to see this book among all of these inspirational titles. Click the link below for more: 


April 2, 2020

I have just received word that THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST: The True Story of Jadav Payeng has been selected as the winning book in the children’s category of the 2019 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award! This means so much to me. I am incredibly honored and grateful. I...

March 30, 2020

I'm excited to learn that THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST has been shortlisted for a Keystone to Reading Book award in the intermediate elementary category for 2020-2021! Check out all of the wonderful titles with the link below:

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March 14, 2020

When I set out on the journey of writing about Jadav Payeng, I began with an image of him standing in his forest. Years later, this journey has come full circle. I am overwhelmed with emotion as I share images of Jadav holding his book!

Huge thanks to Sleeping Bear Pres...

March 10, 2020

THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST has just been awarded the Gold Medal for Young Children's Literature in the Florida State Book Award for 2019-2020. What an honor! 

As stated by the awards committee: "The Florida Book Awards, coordinated by the Florida State University Librari...

February 7, 2020

I wrote a blog for the Nonfiction Chicks' Nonfiction Fest this month. You can check out my post about Visual Storytelling by clicking the link below. Write on! 


January 30, 2020

The Children's Book Council (CBC) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has just released their 2020 list of The Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. I'm incredibly excited and grateful to have THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST included on...

October 21, 2019

I'm thrilled to announce that The Boy Who Grew A Forest won a 2019 Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award. I am grateful that Jadav's story is included with such wonderful titles. Thank you to the California Reading Association! For more, visit:


October 11, 2019

I wrote a guest post for author Beth Anderson's blog. Let me take you on a writing journey in Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving. Click below for the full post: