Homes: Salt Lake City, Utah (hometown), Oregon, Peru and now Colorado

Education:   6 different elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school (go Highland Rams!), the University of Utah (Early Childhood Educ.- Go Utes!)

Family:   1 husband, 5 kids (all grown), 4 grandkids (for now), 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 hamster (for now) and a bird hotel in the tree in the front yard.

Jobs:     Preschool teacher, bilingual elementary school teacher, piano teacher, professional french-fry eater, children’s author (and best of all… mom!)

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, playing the piano, eating chocolate, eating chocolate and eating chocolate.

Greatest accomplishment: Have my own “Reserved” shelf at the library (because I request so many picture books).

Food: Spaghetti
Number: 6
Colors: Blue and green
Sound: Ocean waves
Smell: Lilacs
Critters: Turkeys (of course), llamas, alpacas, sloths, hedgehogs, foxes, moose, owlets, ladybugs, frogs, sea turtles, jellyfish, seahorses, squids, baby anything… never mind… there’s too many.


  • Children’s Choice Award (Just One More, 2003 and Turkey Trouble, 2010)
  • YABC – (one of the) Ten Best Picture Books of 2012 (Turkey Claus)
  • Edpress Award for Excellence in Children’s Magazine Fiction
  • International Reading Association’s Paul A. Witty Short Story Award
  • (1st Place) Highlights Humorous Fiction Contest
  • (1st Place) Children’s Writer Early Reader Contest
  • And others

Other Writing:  Emergent readers, magazine articles, puzzles, goofy poetry, educational materials and sticky note memos galore!