Woo hoo!

Pelican Publishing will publish my nonfiction picture book, Jackson Sundown: Native American Bronco Buster

Jackson rode with his uncle, Chief Joseph, in the Nez Perce War. Chased by the U.S. Cavalry, the tribe suffered loss of land and dignity. When Jackson was 53 he won a rodeo championship after years of discrimination. His competitors were half his age.

Publication date is 2018.


Army Camel news...

The Writers League of Texas honored Army Camels as the Picture Book of the Year.

Also, Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert  won the Crystal Kite Award for TX-OK region of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

This Wild West true Texas tale is one-of-a-kind. Camels sailed on a ship across the Atlantic for three months to come to the Texas Gulf Coast. Their amazing adventure and how they adjusted to life in the United States is fascinating!

Here’s Bubbles the camel posing for artist Julie D. Buckner

And my other books are still creating grins and giggles with wacky math stories and baby animals. Click on any of the book covers above to buy a book.


My picture books can be purchased online or ordered through Barnes and Noble stores. My publishers are Pelican Publishing and Arbordale Publishing.

Their websites are www.pelicanpub.com and www.arbordalepublishing.com.


Here's a preview video of my four picture books published with Sylvan Dell.


Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert

Illustrated by Julie D. Buckner

Purchased for the army to open up the Wild West, follow camels from North Africa as they sail and then arrive in the United States for an amazing adventure.

Happy Birthday to Whooo? A Baby Animal Riddle Book

Illustrated by Lisa Downey

Guess who has just been born by reading these baby animal announcements!

NAPPA Gold Award Winner
National Parenting Publications Awards

One Odd Day

This is a wacky rhyming book about odd numbers written with Dani Sneed and illustrated by Karen Lee.

My Even Day

Another rhyming book about even numbers written with Dani Sneed. We are so grateful to have Karen Lee as our illustrator again.

One Odd Day and My Even Day are each a winner of a Learning Magazine’s 2008 Teacher’s Choice Award!

My Half Day

Don’t miss this third book in our weird and wonderful trio of wacky rhyming books. Visit Camp Fraction and discover out-of-this-world fun.

Grammar All-Stars: The Parts of Speech

This six book series details the different parts of speech at different sports events! The reading level is third grade. These books entertain with humor and have sidebars with grammar rules. Even adults will enjoy them! The titles are:

Homerun Verbs

Touchdown Nouns

Slam Dunk Pronouns

Bowling Alley Adjectives

Hole-in-One Adverbs

Tennis Court Conjunctions

Play with your Food

A puzzle book for all ages. Twenty different formats about food! Available through www.Imagination-Café.com or Doris.

I read my books to Ty and Maggie. Here they are after a morning of fun with Miss Doris!

Here is a remarkable picture of Austin with My Even Day and One Odd Day. His Great Aunt proudly sent me his picture. Great Auntie is also in my critique group.

Here is my FIRST FAN LETTER from two readers who are brother and sister. They even drew owls and remembered to include ODD numbers!

~~ Biography ~~

In Tulsa, Oklahoma I grew up with two brothers. Storytime, finger-painting, and cooking were my favorite class activities when I taught kindergarten in the Tulsa Public Schools. When school starts every year, I want a brand new box of crayons!

I love picture book writing, author visits, crayons and dogs! One of my hobbies is solving and creating puzzles. Click the Personal Puzzles tab above and find puzzles to print at home.

Now I live in Houston with my husband Robert and our Maltese, Comet. Our son, Jeff, lives in Austin, Texas, and our daughter, Julie, lives nearby.

I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, attending conferences in Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Vermont, New York and Los Angeles. I belong to a children’s writers critique group and am a freelance editor.

Check out Pink Ink Editing on this website.

Princess Puppy says hello!

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