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Exciting News on the Next Book!

I have some very exciting news on the next project! Check out the cover copy and some of the stunning artwork for “Nelly Takes New York,” which comes out this May! This is my first foray into children’s books and so it was an incredible experience to write this one with fellow kid-lit lover, long time gal-pal, and literacy educator / children’s book writer, Marya Myers!

Nelly Takes New York Book Cover

Marya and I lived together in New York City and we love exploring cities both close to home and on the opposite side of the globe. But I don’t think in our wildest dreams we ever imagined how much fun it would be to write children’s books together!

Reading to my daughters is the best part of my day. I love watching how the wonder of books broadens the imaginations of little ones with a curiosity and taste for adventure that can last well beyond childhood. I hope my daughters never lose the thirst for story and exploration that books both ignite and satisfy.

After the historically-based work of my past fiction novels and the incredibly personal journey of releasing a nonfiction memoir, this felt like jumping headfirst into an ice cream sundae. I’m so grateful that I get to write about this little girl’s adventures while also watching the adventure of this writing career unfold, taking turns down so many roads that I never imagined would open up like this.

Nelly Takes New York Page

“Nelly Takes New York” is a great one for knowledge- and adventure-loving children of all ages.


We love Nelly. We are wildly excited about the talented artist, Kristi Valiant, who brought her to such vivid and whimsical life. We couldn’t be luckier to be working with the superstar team at Simon & Schuster Children’s Book Division. And we can’t wait to share this adventure with you this spring.

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