In March 2024 my lyrical/SEL manuscript, Aria, was selected as PB Party showcase finalist. At the same time, I completed Renée LaTulippe’s wonderful 20-week, interactive Lyrical Language Lab (which I can’t recommend highly enough). In January 2024, I signed a book contract with Bushel and Peck Books for an upcoming manuscript, details TBA. I’m a devoted member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge community and a volunteering member of SCBWI. Several other new manuscripts are currently in the works.

Indy and JennyThe story of a dog who fought the odds, inspired a city, and found his best friend is available from all major online retailers (scroll down for the link list) and many brick-and-mortar shops. The beautiful illustrations were done by the consummate British artist Rebecca Sampson.

Here is a free downloadable PDF for classroom use, with four sets of Core English & Language Arts Document-Based Discussion Questions.

Discover the heartwarming true story of Indy and Jenny, a rescued pit bull and his best friend, in this beautifully illustrated children’s picture book. Follow Indy’s journey and how his spirit inspired a community to come together in support of justice. This story showcases the power of resilience, perseverance, and empathy, making it a must-read for young readers.

With Jenny’s quiet and gentle presence, Indy finds the unconditional love and bond he needs to transform his life. The book also features a heart-melting photo of Indy in his trademark bow tie.

Share in the power of community and the healing power of love with Indy and Jenny: The true story of a dog who fought the odds, inspired a city, and found his best friend.

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