KANGAROO & Dolly Parton‘s Imagination Library

Since 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been sending free picture books to children from birth to age five. (Yes, you heard that right—free books!) Launched as a benefit for kids in her home county in East Tennessee, over the years the program has grown to include five countries: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland. To date, they’ve registered 1.4 million kids, and mailed out 117,920,187 books!

A few weeks ago, I received some photos from a friend in Nashville, TN whose three-year-old son had just gotten some exciting mail: an Imagination Library edition of IF I WERE A KANGAROO, by Mylisa Larsen and me! Even better news is that the Library has decided to include it for a second year.

To learn more about this amazing program, visit the Imagination Library website. Thanks, Dolly! If you’re over the age of five and would like a copy of KANGAROO, click here.


The reviews are coming in and I am thanking my lucky stars! On the heels of our first starred review from Kirkus, THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD, by Allan Wolf and me has earned a second star, this time from Booklist…

“A complete package: a collection of clever, whimsical poems and striking, full-page illustrations. Visually compelling, this will capture and hold the attention of young stargazers.”

The book was art-directed by the wonderful Lisa Rudden at Candlewick Press, who set me loose in the universe to draw and paint myself in and out of a black hole or two. (It was much more fun than it sounds!) And all-the-while, Allan’s poems made me laugh out loud.

If you’d like a sneak peek at some of the art, visit the book section on my site. And last, I spent most of my holiday break working on the book trailer which we’ll be launching soon. Let the countdown begin! (Wow…the puns in this post are astronomical!)

THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD blasts off on March 5th, but if you’d like to pre-order a copy for yourself or a future astronaut you know, click here.