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My newest picture book A Stick Until…, published by Star Bright Books, follows an ordinary stick on a extraordinary journey. The stick is used by a wide range of animals, dwindles in size, is lost, found and used again, this time by children in an imaginative way. It’s a story within a story, with science information expanding the narrative. A Stick Until… is transformational!

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2018 Presentations:

-Kid Lit411 on-line blog interview with Sylvia Liu, January 12:

-Teacher forum reach out, Charlie’s Corner, 7 PM February 6.

-NCIBA, Books Inc. Santa Clara, March 5, 7 PM

-Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Sunday March 11, 11 AM, 1931 First Avenue
    Walnut Creek, CA 94597 Tel: (925) 935-1978

-Chicago Botanical Garden, Inspiring Nature Play Conference, May 2, presented by librarian Martha Meyer

-Children’s Fairyland Book Festival,  May 19, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

-Radio interview Lilycat on Stuff – Sunday, June 24th – 12 -2PM, along with children’s book author, Elaine Bond
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2017 Presentations:

-SCBWI East Bay Regional event: How To Make An Alligator Out of an Envelope, and Other Steps In The Creative Process,  Saturday, September 23, 2-4 PM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek

-SCBWI Oakland Conference, Saturday, October 21, book selling and signing.

-Charlie’s Corner children’s bookstore, 12:30 PM,  4102 24th St. San Francisco, CA, book reading and signing

-Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, September 23, 4 PM. Thanks to everyone who came out to the book launch at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. I enjoyed sharing my process and seeing everyone. And, we sold out of books!

See photos of the book launch on my blog here:


 Smelling Sunshine


Smelling Sunshine, a picture book that I wrote and illustrated, published by Star Bright Books, was released in October, 2013! Smelling Sunshine is a story that creates a path through various cultures by describing one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry that becomes extraordinary in its personal nighttime comfort. Kirkus Reviews said, “…when it comes to domestic chores, hanging laundry is about as universal as it gets, and the activity is presented here as an intimate, positive experience for parent and child to share.”

So check it out!  You can order directly from the publisher or from amazon or support your independent bookstore


2016 book signings and book selling:

  • I will be at the Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA (  Saturday, June 4, 10AM to noon, and Sunday, June 5, noon to 2PM, at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) booth in the Children’s Area at Civic Park. The event is free. Civic Center Park is located on MLK Jr. Way between Center Street and Allston Way in downtown Berkeley. Check out the map at   ( 

2015 book presentation and book signings:

  • Napa Bookmine, Sat. May 9, 2 PM, 964 Pearl St. Napa, CA
  • American Library Association Annual Conference, Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28th, 11:00-2:00 PM,  Moscone Center, 747 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94103

I so enjoyed meeting everyone who came out for these events:

Art Exhibits:

  • Artwork from Smelling Sunshine exhibited in The Storybook Makers: Original art (and other really cool stuff) from contemporary children’s book illustrators, May 1-June13, 2014;  Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA
  • Artwork from Smelling Sunshine exhibited in the 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrators’ Exhibition, February 7-April 7, 2014, Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA

Presentations and Book Signings:

  • Mills College Children’s School, Nov. 20, 2014
  • SCBWI Fall Conference, October 18, 2014, Presentation Park, Oakland, CA, book signing
  • Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 11:00 AM at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley, 510- 740-8222
  • Saturday, October 19th, 8:30 AM,  2013 Fall SCBWI Conference San Francisco North and East, Preservation Park, Oakland; new author panel discussing Smelling Sunshine.
  • Meet and Greet, Book Signing: Saturday, November 9th, 12:00 PM, Depot Bookstore in Mill Valley, 415-383-2665  

To understand more about the process of making a picture book, go to my blog page and find The Next Big Thing Blog Tour where I discuss the writing and illustrating of Smelling Sunshine.