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On really good days, doing book research means hanging out with sheep and the people who love them.

Flora and Crispin Grow Up (a Little)

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From the brilliant Matt Phelan: an updated look at Flora and Crispin, a few years after Flora’s Very Windy Day. Interesting that my Boston Terrier, Cagney, managed to wriggle his way into their lives, though Matt made him look a lot calmer than he truly is.

Note, too, how much Flora looks like Lydia Penderwick. Hmm.

Mother-Daughter Power Duo

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I recently photographed my friends Lisa Yee and Kait Feldmann in my little home studio. Lisa is a renowned and uproariously funny author of children’s books, and Kait is a brilliant and upcoming Editorial Assistant at Scholastic.

On the Radio with Elvis Presley

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Northampton station WRSI (93.9 The River) deejay Monte Belmonte has many talents, including impersonating Elvis Presley. (This photo is from last summer and, yes, Monte is wearing a wig.) He’s also my favorite ever interviewer. Listen here to the two of us discussing the new Penderwicks book, The Penderwicks in Spring.

Reading The Penderwicks in Spring

Ella reading PIV. Oct. 2014

This is the older sister of the girl in the previous post, the one reading Flora’s Very Windy Day. And this sister is reading an advance copy of The Penderwicks in Spring. She’s a writer herself and will probably be famous someday.

Flora and a Friend

Clara. February. 2015.

Here is a friend of mine reading my book Flora’s Very Windy Day.  She’s been known to share this book with the sheep who live next door.

A Bear in Our Yard


Actually just a Newfoundland puppy named Tulip. But she looks like a bear.

Photographing a Friend


Recently I took pictures of author/illustrator David Hyde Costello. He brought along props — a puppet and a ukelele — but my favorite shot turned out to be just him, propless.

First Event for The Penderwicks in Spring

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My first event for The Penderwicks in Spring will be at my very favorite bookstore, Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. This will be the second day of spring, and I’m hoping there will be crocuses in bloom to help me celebrate. By the way, the Broadside Bookshop is mentioned in my book, which means that we’ll sort of be inside the book while we talk about it.