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Feeling like a day at the beach, but live landlocked? Come to Out West Books (533 Main Street in Grand Junction) on Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 pm for a beach-themed event celebrating the release of TURKEY’S SANDTASTIC BEACH DAY! Wendi will read the book, and share an interactive silly-hat song retelling the story. There will be kinetic sand to play in, sea-crafts and fun treats! And one lucky attendee will win a copy of the book!


What an incredible school visit Lee Harper (my Turkey illustrator) and I had at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waxahachie, Texas! They welcomed us so wondrously, had made so many incredibly creative turkey disguises, poems and pictures! The students were fabulous during our presentations and had great suggestions for turkey disguises and great questions. And we even had a gobbledy-good pizza lunch! THANK YOU!!

Get Excited! Turkey Goes to School!


Wendi and Lee (the Turkey illustrator) are joining together for an online LAUNCH PARTY for TURKEY GOES TO SCHOOL on Monday, August 9 at 5 PM Mountain Time (7 PM Eastern time). There will be some silly singing, some Turkey drawing (bring your pencil and paper), a guessing game, and a special chance to see some of Lee’s farm critters in person! (And of course a reading of the book). Watch this blog and the website for a link coming soon!


Nothing is more thrilling than having a surprise box show up on your doorstep… and when you open it up you find F&G’s of your upcoming book inside. F&G’s (folded and gathered’s) of picture books are like ARC’s (Advanced Reader’s Copy) in novels. The pages are all there, but they aren’t bound with the final hard cover. These are sent to various people and organizations that will read them and review them. I get some and so does Lee Harper (the illustrator). This is my first time seeing the book as it will look in its final form. I never know when they are coming for sure so it’s a delightful surprise! (Later, when the bound books come, that’s exciting too, but by then I know exactly how the book will look and so it’s not such a surprise). The books will release on August 1, 2021, and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.

Past Appearances

March 2, 2023- Author Visit to Freedom Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO

February 16, 2023- School Visit and Family Literacy Night Presentations at Sopris Elementarcy School, Glenwood Springs, CO

February 11, 2023- Storytime/ Workshop and signing at Second Start to the Right bookstore, Denver, CO

February 1, 2023- Author Visit, Monument Ridge Elementary, Fruita, CO

January 28, 2023- Author Event/book signing at The Tattered Cover bookstore, Denver

December 9, 2022- Classroom visit with 3rd graders at Juniper Ridge Community School, Grand Junction, CO

November 16, 2022- Virtual School Visit with Humphreys West Elementary School (military school in Seoul, Korea)

September 28- Virtual Classroom Visit, World Compass Academy Kindergarten, Castle Rock, CO

September 10-11- Rocky Mountain SCBWI Letters and Lines Conference, Denver, CO

May 6, 2022- Joint Author visit with Lee Harper at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Waxahachie, TX

March 17, 2022- Virtual School Visit with First Graders at St. Anthony Catholic School, San Antonio, FL

November 24, 2021- Online reading of TURKEY CLAUS to students at Juan Cancio Ortiz School in Lajas, Puerto Rico (for part of their English class).

November 19, 2021- Author Visit, Monument Ridge Elementary, Fruita, CO

November 17, 2021- Virtual Classroom Visit, World Compass Academy Kindergarten, Castle Rock, CO

November 16, 2021- Author Visit- Dos Rios Elementary, Grand Junction, CO

November 13, 2021- Author Event with writing group- Collbran Library, Collbran, CO

November 4, 2021- Author Visit, Mesa Valley Community School, Grand Junction, CO

August 21, 2021- Book Reading and Signing at the Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop in Niwot, CO 10:30-11:30 am. Come hear TURKEY GOES TO SCHOOL, help sing a song with silly hats, and disguise Turkey for yourself.

Here’s the link to the signing:

August 21, 2021- Writing Workshop at the Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop, Niwot, CO. 1:00-4:00 pm. PICTURE BOOK PERKUP. See the details on the link below.

Here’s the link for the workshop:

August 14, 2021- Layering in Layers in Picture Books (Webinar presented by Wendi)- virtual through the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Region

August 9, 2021- Virtual Book Launch for TURKEY GOES TO SCHOOL through BOOKBAR Denver. 5:00 PM Mountain time/7:00 PM Eastern. TO SIGN UP FOR THE ZOOM LINK PLEASE GO TO

August 7, 2021- Meet the Author/Book Signing at OUT WEST BOOKS, 533 Main Street, Grand Junction, Co. (11:00 -4:00)

June 25, 2021- ALA Meet the Author Event (virtual)- 10:00 am MDT

Dec. 11, 2020- World Compass Academy, Castle Rock, CO- Virtual Author Visit, 9:30 am MST

December 9, 2020- Green Gables Elementary, Federal Way, WA. Virtual Author Visit, 9:00 am PST

November 24, 2020- Foster Care to Success, Clevland, OH, Zoom read-aloud. 2:00 pm MST

November 20, 2020- Ensign Elementary School, Salt Lake City, UT. 4th-5th grade. Virtual Author Visit

October 30, 2020- Tope Elementary School, Grand Junction, CO- Virtual Author Visit

February 15, 2020- Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI Connect- Grand Junction Central Library (443 N. 6th Street) 11:00-1:00. Workshop on “First Lines” in children’s writing. Contact me for further info.

Mar. 6, 2020- School Visit at Loma Elementary School, Loma Colorado. All day!

April 9, 2020- 10:00 a.m.- Storytime at Clifton Library, 590 32 Road, Clifton, CO. Join Wendi as she reads TURKEY’S EGGCELLENT EASTER and have fun with an Easter craft and egg hunt.

How did he cook that pizza?

The other day I got a letter from a fan named Danny. He asked a great question: “How did Turkey cook the pizza in Turkey Trouble? He didn’t have an oven.” That question got me thinking about all the things that happen in the background of a story. So much goes on in Turkey’s life and on Farmer Jake’s farm that isn’t shown in the books. It’s fun to think about!

To answer Danny’s question, it turns out there is an old brick oven at the back of Farmer Jake’s farm. Turkey knew all about this oven (he and his pals had used it before to cook some tasty treats). It was the perfect place to cook a pizza—brick oven pizzas taste the best!

And if you are wondering where he got the dough and the chef’s hat… well, Lee Harper (the illustrator) told me that they came from a box that fell off a school lunchroom delivery truck. He even hinted we might see that truck in the next Turkey book!

So, think about what else might go on behind the scenes on Farmer Jake’s farm. You could even write a story about what you imagine!


I’m SO excited to announce that TWO (did you catch that?) TWO new Turkey books are coming!

TURKEY GOES TO SCHOOL is scheduled to come out in 2021 (It’s a back-to-school adventure for Turkey and his barnyard pals)

TURKEY-TINE will come out in 2022 (a tale of Turkey looking to convince Miss Turkey to be his Valentine).

Art by Lee Harper

What I Write Most

Just a few of my sticky note memos.

What do I write the most?  Picture books? Goofy poems? Magazine stories? Early chapter books?

Nope! None of those.

What I write more than anything else is sticky note memos. They are everywhere I work. Without them I would forget half of what I need to do.

I love the tiny ones (just the right size to stick on the bottom of my computer screen), the middle-sized ones, the big ones (perfect for those to-do lists), the bright-colored ones, the dull colored-ones, the ones in shapes and the ones with pictures or sayings on them. You can never have enough sticky notes!

Purple Pumpernickel Belly Button Jelly

Another poem for when you just can’t take life… or writing too seriously…

Does your tummy grumble? Does your stomach roar?
Do your taste buds beg you to come running back for more?
Then it’s certain that you’re eating something sweet and oh so swelly,
It must be purple pumpernickel belly button jelly.
There is nothing oh so tasty on some toast or on some bread.
Or if you really want to you can eat it plain instead.
You can’t buy it in the market, at the store, or at the deli.
That savory purple pumpernickel belly button jelly.
You must take some pumpernickel and put it in your shoe.
Then pick some belly button lint and put it in there too.
Just add sugar and some grape juice…Wait three weeks until it’s smelly.
Then you’ve got your purple pumpernickel belly button jelly.
It is luscious.  It is succulent, delectable, divine.
And if you don’t believe me come and have a taste of mine.
I’ll serve some up with dinner. It goes great with vermicelli!
That scrumptious purple pumpernickel belly button jelly