Do you have a question that's not answered here or elsewhere on my site? Contact me.

What are some ways that a school can make an author visit more affordable?

There are many approaches that schools may take to getting author visits funded, such as applying for grants and cooperating with local service organizations. The Cooperative Children's Book Center's article "Tips on Hosting an Author/Illustrator Visit" offers lots of great suggestions.

If I can't attend one of your public appearances, how can I get a signed copy of one of your books?

Austin's BookPeople often has signed copies in stock and available for shipping.

What new books do you have in the works?

The books I've got coming out starting in fall 2015 include:

  • The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition (illustrated by Cathy Gendron; Millbrook; 2015)
  • Mighty Truck (illustrated by Troy Cummings; HarperCollins; 2016)
  • That's Not Bunny! (illustrated by Colin Jack; Disney-Hyperion; 2016)
  • 88 Instruments (illustrated by Louis Thomas; Knopf; 2016)
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Stream of Ideas (Illustrated by Don Tate; Charlesbridge; 2016)
  • A second Mighty Truck picture book (illustrated by Troy Cummings; HarperCollins; 2017)
  • Book or Bell (Illustrated by Ashley Spires; Bloomsbury; 2017)

Will there be any more Shark Vs. Train books?

Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and I won't be making any more of these, but we hope our readers are inspired to create their own stories continuing -- or inspired by -- the competition between Shark and Train.

I'm doing a school project based on The Day-Glo Brothers — where can I find more information about Bob and Joe Switzer?

For further research, you might want to track down some of the sources mentioned in my Author's Note. You should also explore the "Other Links" section on the page on this site for The Day-Glo Brothers.

Can you please critique my manuscript?

I can't do that, but I can help you find someone who can. The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators provides a listing of regional chapters, many of which coordinate critique groups for their local members.

How can I get a children's book published?

From my own experiences learning the ropes of writing for children and young adults, I can say that some terrific resources for you would be:

Would you donate a copy of one of your books for a good cause?

I often do, but typically only for organizations that I'm already personally affiliated with. If you think that your organization is one of these, you're welcome to contact me.

What if I have a rights question about one of your books?

Please direct all rights queries to my agent:

Erin Murphy Literary Agency
2700 Woodlands Village #300-458
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-7127

Your website looks terrific — who designed it?

The wonderful Sarah Rehm -- I highly recommend her.

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