I sometimes forget to say thank you to those who have helped me most. So I wanted to acknowledge some special people in my life:
My son, Peter, for challenging me to be better.
My daughter, Rose, for cheering me on.
My sister, Deedy, for always being there.
My Aunt Joan, who believed in me, first and always.
The folks at Albert Whitman, for being brave enough to take a chance on a new writer and two quirky tales, and especially my editors, Abby Levine and Kathy Tucker, for making the books so much better than they were, and my illustrators, Jenny Law and JoAnn Adinolfi, for bringing punctuation marks to life so brilliantly.
Jill Ward, the publisher at State Standards Publishing, who gave me my start in the world of nonfiction writing for the education market.
My editors who have taught me so much about story and strong verbs and who are able to make my writing say what I want it to say: Marfe Delano Ferguson, Brenna Maloney and Shelby Alinsky (National Geographic) and Stephanie Fitzgerald (Spooky Cheetah Press/Scholastic).
My amazing agent, Jennifer Unter, at The Unter Agency, for being willing to take me on!
WWBP (my first critique group): Kathy Erskine, Maureen Lewis and Susan Barry, without whom I would not be published.
My second critique group, and especially Jackie Jules, for all its advice.
SCBWI, and Regional Advisors Ellen Braaf (MidAtlantic) and Rob Sanders (Florida) for resources, friendship and opportunities.
Librarians everywhere who have helped me, especially Eileen Santos and Laurie Duncan.
My brother-in-law, Dan, for his creativity and all his help with my website!
AND TO ALL MY READERS--THANKS FOR READING MY BOOKS!!!