Author and Illustrator
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Books: Author as well as the illustrator for Max the duck series:  
Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, Duck and Cover, and Sitting Duck

Harper Collins has published 2 Easy Readers based on characters in this series: Happy Go Ducky and Ducks in a Row

Also illustrator of books for other authors, including:
The King of the Zoo by Erica Perl/Scholastic (to be released in 2013),
I've Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky/Greenwillow Books,
No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont/Houghton Harcourt,
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre/Greenwillow Books, 
Glamsters by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel/Hyperion,
Grandma Lena's Big 'Ol Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester/Albert Whitman,
The Bully Blocker's Club by Teresa Bateman/Albert Whitman, 
Horace the Horrible by Jackie French Koller/Marshall Cavendish,
10 Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis/Scholastic,
Do Your Ears Hang Low? adapted by Rackeh Lindberg/Scholastic,
Spaghetti Eddie by Ryan SanAngelo/Boyds Mills Press, and 
Do the Hokey Pokey by Allison McDonough/Front Street Books

Fee: Please email for more information and to discuss your school's needs.
Availability: I am willing to travel both inside Maryland and out of state for my visits. I most frequently speak to younger students from kindergarten through 5th grade. However I am comfortable speaking to older students and I’ve spoken at conferences for adults as well.
Features: My talks are tailored to different age levels.  For my presentations I use a PowerPoint slide show as well as props.  I read one or two stories, with dramatic flair.  Sometimes I sing. I enjoy hamming it up for my audiences. My books are all humorous, and talking to audiences brings out the comedian in me.  I also draw for the students and ask them to help me with the drawings.  I'm always looking for ways to get the students involved and to pass on some tidbit to them about writing and illustrating their own stories. I especially like talking to them about mistakes and how important it is to make them.

My presentations cover topics like:

>Duck Books: How the Max the Duck books came to be, the behind-the-scenes story of the books and my life. This includes pictures and
stories about my growing up and becoming an artist, the people and
animals who inspired the books and a bit about my studio and how I work.  This talk is designed in two levels for K-1st grades and 2nd-4th grades.

>Creating Story and Drawing Workshop: This is a hands-on workshop for students 3rd grade or older.  This is a 2-3 hour workshop. I present a traditional story based on a folk or fairy tale. Then each student writes his/her own version of the story and learns about creating a character to go with it.

>Being a Professional Illustrator/Author: I show the audience art from my books.  I talk to them about what art is, what careers are in the arts, how the arts impact our lives. I talk about what experiences influenced my becoming an artist as well as influenced the kinds of stories I tell. I show more detailed information about the process of creating a character and a book. This talk is meant for 4th grade and older.

Please visit my website to see more detailed descriptions of these presentations.



I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art and I've been working as a professional illustrator for over 30 years. I authored my first book (Duck at the Door) in 2007. Over the last ten years I've been speaking to children and adults at schools, libraries and conferences all over the country.
Awards: Duck at the Door and Duck Soup -  New York Times Bestseller; chosen by Kohl’s in 2010 for Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign (special edition printing with plush toys of Max and Duck and Brody the Dog)

Duck Soup -  Oprah Winfrey's Book Club for Kids List, Bank Street Best Children’s Book,

Duck at the Door - an Indie Bound Top Ten Pick

No Sleep for the Sheep - Bank Street Best Children's Book, Texas 2x2 Reading List

Grandma Lena's Big 'Ol Turnip - Aesop Accolades

Many of my books have been nominated for state reading lists in Nebraska, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Illinois.



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