Cover Reveal: No Peacocks!

I am thrilled beyond words to share the cover for No Peacocks! (Sky Pony Press) illustrated by the amazing Chris Ewald. Drum roll, please!


No Peacocks! is a fictional feathered tale about the three real-life mischievous peacocks who reside on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Let me introduce you:

This is Phil.


This is Jim or Harry.


Or Harry or Jim.


(I can’t tell the difference between Jim or Harry but if you ask any of the children, they all know which bird is which.)

For five years, my son attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. And from the moment I saw the birds, I knew I wanted to write about them. There was just one problem. I needed a story. On one extremely fortunate day while I was attending a meeting for the school’s book fair, one of the school administrators came into the room asking if anyone had left a sandwich in a stroller because one of the peacocks ate it. And as soon as I heard that, I knew I had my story.

No Peacocks! is about Phil, Jim and Harry’s quest to taste the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese. It’s a cheesy story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of criminal activity that’s perfect for influencing the impressionable minds of children ages 0 to 1000. It flies onto bookshelves September 2018.

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank my editor, Alison Weiss; my agents, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin; my writing teacher, Jill Davis; my writing group, Jacki Morris and Joanne French; my husband, Michael, who has probably read this story more times than he would have liked; my son, Noah, for the tremendous joy he brings my husband and me every day—even during homework; and anyone else who so much as sneezed on my manuscript.

No Peacocks! is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your favorite independent bookstore.





Happy Thanksgiving!

These are dangerous times to be a bird. And Phil, Jim and Harry, the peacocks on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, aren’t taking any chances. Sporting their “Proud as a Peacock” t-shirts, they’ve decided to fly the coop for the holiday before they become the early bird special.


Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like beef, tofu and mac ‘n cheese. Speaking of mac ‘n cheese, No Peacocks! illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press), flies onto bookshelves Fall 2017. In their first caper, find out how Phil, Jim and Harry manage to steal The Cathedral School’s famous mac ‘n cheese. WARNING: This picture book is a feathered tale of cheesy antics appropriate for children ages 0-999.

ALA 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition #ALAAC16


Every time I go to ALA I feel like a kid in a candy store. Where else in the world can you meet your favorite librarians, educators, editors, and publishers; bump into Dan Santat in the hallway; and hear your child scream with delight, “Mo Willems is HERE! HE’S HERE!!!

Below are a few photographic highlights from this year’s INCREDIBLE conference.


My super excited boys with their super cool exhibitor badges. 


Mo Willems


“Hi Mr. Schu!” 

Pam Muñoz Ryan


Alyson Beecher, me, Lola, Marcia Goldman, Marissa Moss and Kathryn Otoshi 


Alyson Beecher and me


Stephanie Bange and me



Marissa Moss


Marcia Goldman, Lola and her adorable fans


Wilcox & Griswold, me and Marissa Moss


Kathryn Otoshi




Bethany Buck and me


Sergio Ruzzier


Kwame Alexander


Rita Williams-Garcia and me


Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen


Jerry Pinkney


me and Dan Santat



Lori Degman’s adorable new book. Norbert is one radiant, terrific pig. 


A well-prepared librarian! 

As my favorite spider might say, ALA is some conference. I can hardly wait for next year. Thank you, ALA!



Three Cheers for Tori Corn and Nancy Cote’s, Dixie Wants an Allergy!

Yesterday The Corner Bookstore was buzzing with excitement, as eager fans came out in droves to celebrate the launch of Tori Corn and Nancy Cote’s picture book, Dixie Wants an Allergy.


Nancy Cote and Tori Corn

Nancy Cote and Tori Corn


“Dixie Wants an Allergy provides a comical and engaging approach for children who are beginning to learn about and who are coping with allergies—and who also have trouble finding what makes them unique. Corn’s playful text and Cote’s inviting illustrations encourage children to accept those with differences while learning that wanting what others have is not always a good idea.” (Source: Sky Pony Press)


Julie Matysik, Nancy Cote, Liza Fleissig, Tori Corn, Ginger Harris 


And check out these adorable, not to mention delicious, cookies!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Dixie Wants an Allergy, please stop by The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue, at the corner of 93rd Street, New York, New York. (If you stop by, I promise you’ll have a hard time leaving! 🙂 ) You may also contact The Corner Bookstore at (212) 831-3554, or via email at

Dixie is also available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Congratulations Tori and Nancy! What an amazing evening!