About

cropped-IMG_4679cropped-e1332618766874.jpgI’m the author of humorous middle grade mysteries, like Malcolm at Midnight and
Malcolm Under the Stars, and nonfiction picture books, like Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights.

I split my time between writing books for kids and reading and recommending them as an elementary school librarian in Wisconsin. I also love teaching writing and visiting other schools when I can.

More specifically . . .

As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, my dad teased me constantly that I would be a librarian someday. That’s because I read all the time—walking home from school, while brushing my teeth, under the table at dinnertime, and under the covers at night. But being a librarian sounded deadly dull to me. I wanted to be something exciting and creative, like an author or an artist.

But, dads know best, and, sure enough, after earning an elementary teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin, I realized he was exactly right – and librarianhood is anything but dull! – and I went on to get a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Now I count myself lucky that I get to be creative AND work with kids and stories every day.

I still live and read in Wisconsin, but these days I share my books with a husband (also a librarian), two reader sons, and a sneaky dog (who doesn’t read, but IS too smart for her own good). By day, I talk books, learn new things, and play on the computer as an elementary school librarian. And early in the mornings, late at nights, and in between  my kids’ activities, I make stories.

My writing is represented by Linda Pratt at the Wernick & Pratt Agency.