I was recently approached by Ben Shepard about doing some book recommendations for his new website, Shepard Books: Discover the Best Books. The idea behind the site is that authors recommend books that are similar in topic to their own. Makes sense, right? How many times have you (or your child) finished a book on a particular topic, only to crave more? This website will help you with that!

When Ben asked me about doing some book recommendations, I jumped at the chance. I recall as a parent, seeing my son finish a book and wanting to know more about the subject. This website will be a treasure of specific title recommendations. I decided to feature my recent title, EAT UP, BEAR! (Yosemite Conservancy, Ill. by Nadja Sarell).

I’ve chosen FIVE other titles about bears, written for toddlers or the youngest book enthusiasts. So, if you’re gearing up for a summer camping trip or heading out to an area with wild bears, this is the list for you!

Here’s the link:


12 Months of Books Challenge!

Check this out– Children’s author Tamara Girardi has put together a challenge for folks to preorder children’s books (meaning, ordering them before their release date). The “challenge” is to preorder one book a month from the list or request a public library to use the list to order books.

Why participate? A couple of good reasons–

First, you would be supporting your favorite authors in a big way. You might not know this (I was surprised when I first learned it), but a book’s pre-order sales has a big impact on the future of their book. If a book does poorly, it might not last long on the shelves (AKA, go out of print), and you might not see another book from that author at that publishing house. So, preorder sales are a terrific way to support your favorite authors.

Second, how fun is it to preorder a book and then go about your life, maybe even forgetting about it. Then one day, a book is delivered to you! Oh my! What a delightful surprise!

Third, you could do some advanced shopping for birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc. for the kids in your life. No last minute scrambling to buy a gift!

That’s not enough? Okay, one more. At the end of the year, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card!

Just read and follow the guidelines HERE. Oh, and if you’re wondering what I get out of this, my next book, EAT UP, BEAR! (Yosemite Conservancy) is listed in the April releases.


I am over the moon excited to share in the Yosemite Conservancy’s cover reveal of my latest board book, EAT UP, BEAR! (Ill. by Nadja Sarell).  Living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this book is close to my heart as it helps teach little ones how to keep bears wild, AND every purchase helps support one of our greatest national treasures, Yosemite National Park. The book comes out spring 2021, but you can preorder now through Bookshop. Just press your paw HERE.