My Newest

River Otter’s Adventure

With the densest fur of any animal (up to 1million hairs per square inch in places) these animals were hunted nearly to extinction at one time. But they’re making a comeback! Find out all about river otters in this informational fiction book that just made it onto the Texas Library Association’s Tejas Star Reading List!



Cheetah Dreams

Cheetah Dreams, a children’s book about our most rapidly declining African cat, from Arbordale Publishing, and illustrated by Shennen Bersani. Winner of the Silver Nautilus Book Award.



Night Creepers

Night Creepers is about North American nocturnal and crepuscular animals. Don’t know what crepuscular animals are? You need this book! See the book trailer here!







Once Upon an Elephant



Once Upon an Elephant introduces readers to
the concept of keystone species, and demonstrates how without elephants, many
other species might also die.
Winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award’s 3rd-4th grade Book of the Year!
A Choose to Read Ohio selection!

Ohioana Book Award finalist

Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading finalist

Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association website here!

From Patricia Simms, Co-founder of World Elephant Day:

Once Upon an Elephant is a beautifully designed and written story, suitable for children as young as four years old up to four or fifth graders. By using a child-oriented language the story tells the important role elephants play in their environment. It shows that their existence is crucial for other species to survive, both plants and animals. It describes in simple sentences what elephants do and the effects they have on their environment and on other animals who share the same habitat. All facts reflect accurately the interrelations between elephants and their environment. We appreciate the realistic and beautiful illustrations of animals and the African scenery.
The book not only imparts knowledge about elephants and the purpose of their existence but also includes games and activities plus further information about where to find even more ideas to engage in fun activities, which will reinforce the facts the children listened to or read about.
As co-founder of World Elephant Day, which is celebrated August 12th, I would like to thank Linda for helping to build awareness and bring attention to the plight of Elephants. It is the mission of World Elephant Day to inform, motivate and encourage people to educate themselves and their children, take action and make responsible choices.

Review from a zoo educator:
What a wonderful book! The concept of a keystone species is a very difficult one for many young children to grasp. Once Upon an Elephant does a phenomenal job examining this concept in the simplest of terms. The colorful illustrations and easy to understand narrative are very engaging. As a Zoo Educator, this title will definitely be used time and time again.
Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns Onebeco cover

 In March, 2009, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium trumpeted the news–a baby elephant was born! Now, to celebrate his first birthday, we bring you Beco’s Big Year. Learn about Beco, elephants in zoos and in the wild, and about conservation efforts to keep these magnificent animals from becoming extinct.


The Pig and Miss Prudence

pigs book New York City faced many challenges in the 1850s. A time of tremendous immigration, language barriers, few housing regulations, and no social services, life was often difficult at best. But one challenge that might surprise readers is the effect livestock had roaming the city streets. In 1851, The New York Times ran an article about how pigs were wreaking havoc about the city–digging up people’s gardens, and startling carriage horses in the streets. With no laws about the penning of livestock, this situation existed not only in New York City, but in other cities across the nation. The Pig and Miss Prudence is based on that little known fact. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Lauren Castillo. Picture Book for ages 5-8. Now out of print.


Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes  ~ I was thrilled to work with Dr.61ADr4HRuAL._AC_US327_QL65_ Laurie Marker on this book and am a co-author of one chapter.






“I have been in working in the children’s publishing world for more than 15 years. In that time, I have been published in magazine, books, ezines, and even corporate materials aimed at kids.”