My Books

PICTURE BOOKS ThisIsNotaValentine_cover_604

This book is not a valentine. It doesn’t have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn’t that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all. A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers—this offering from debut picture book author Carter Higgins and children’s book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.

Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins.


(click each store for direct link!)

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Indiebound / Books-a-MillionGoodreads / Chronicle Books

**A Winter Kids Indie Next Pick!**

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 12.36.32 PM

  Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 12.34.35 PM


A sort of anti-valentine for those who want to show the ones they love they care without being all mushy (or spending any money). —Kirkus Reviews [full review]

What’s clear, and what makes the book so poignant, is that the boy pays real attention to his crush and is doing his best to deliver gifts that will be truly meaningful to her. —Publisher’s Weekly [full review]


Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this book gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to ropes of twisted twine that invite visitors to sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. For anyone who’s ever wanted to escape real life and live in a nostalgic dream come true, this poignant picture book captures the universal timelessness of treehouses and celebrates all the creativity and adventure they spark.

Illustrated by Emily Hughes.


(click each store for direct link!)

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Indiebound / Books-a-Million / Goodreads / Chronicle Books


MIDDLE GRADE rambler_cover

Meet Derby Christmas Clark, a rambler of the road.

Derby, Garland, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium.

Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.


(click each store for direct link!)

Amazon / Barnes and NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieboundGoodreadsHMH Books for Young Readers


“This story is about as feel-good as they come, with new friendships grounded on old ones, poignant adolescent growth, and insights into family stories.”—Bulletin

“Vibrant, engaging Derby and her descriptive firstperson narrative, full of lively and poignant touches, are compelling and affecting… A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans.” Booklist [full review]

“…readers will easily connect with the story’s reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home.” Publisher’s Weekly [full review]

“Fans of quiet, nostalgic stories about team spirit should enjoy this debut effort.” Kirkus Reviews [full review]

“…can give hope to readers who are ramblers themselves, and give some perspective to readers who have never traveled.” —School Library Connection [full review]