When I’m not exploring the world of letters, I write children’s picture books, including one about a mail-carrying dog—Calico Dorsey: Mail Dog of the Mining Camps. Based in part on a true story, Calico Dorsey is set in 19th century California and tells how a stray dog learned to carry mail between two silver mining camps. To learn the story behind my book, read my guest blog for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
My newest book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, encourages children to grow—and eat—healthy, locally sourced foods. A lighthearted riff on the “Old MacDonald” nursery rhyme, it explores the urban farming movement from rooftop gardens to composting, highlighting locations around North America, including Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto and the White House in addition to New York City.
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