I grew up in Skokie, Ilinois, riding my bicycle all over our neighborhood, swimming at the community pool, and spending hours at the Skokie Public Library.
The Skokie Public Library has always been a wondrous place for me. It’s where I first showed my mother I could read—sitting at a table in the children’s room! It’s also where I discovered books like Beezus and Ramona, and All-of-a-Kind Family, two of my all-time favorites. And later, it’s where I curled up in a special area called The Unicorner and explored books by Judy Blume.
Before I became a children’s author, I worked as a social worker. Often, I used books to help children navigate through tough times. Soon, I started to have my own book ideas, and after lots of years of learning the craft of writing while raising my five children, I’m happy to say that both my books and my children are out in the world now!