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

Broadside Bookshop

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.

The French Version of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

French Edition of Point Mouette

Just received the French version of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. They didn’t have to translate “Mouette,” because it’s already French, and means “seagull.” Which is partly why there are bunches of seagulls in the book.

My Friend Jane Dyer and her Sheep


I photographed my friend Jane Dyer having tea. When Jane isn’t hanging out with sheep, she illustrates books, including one of mine, Lucky and Squash.

Japanese Edition of The Penderwicks Arrives

Japanese Edition of The Penderwicks

Just received the Japanese edition of the first Penderwicks book. Notice how the girls are running from right to left, instead of left to right like they do on the American edition? This is because Japanese read in the opposite direction from Americans, starting at what we consider the back of the book.