I write picture books and poetry for children. I taught school for 26 years before getting down to business with my writing career. My debut book, THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT, is coming from Random House Children’s August 2015. I am very happy to be represented by Tricia Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). I have been known to hug my favorite picture books and seriously hope that someday my books will gain huggable status too.

Now a little fun!

Maybe one reason that I thoroughly enjoy writing for kids is that I thoroughly enjoyed being a kid.

 I knew how to party!

all four tea party

I loved my sisters…

photo 1

…and we loved our dolls.all four with dolls

I wasn’t always cheerful.

me pouting

I must have loved the smell of socks!

me smelling sockAnd I had stylish hair ;-)

photo 2


  • As a child, I fell backwards from a two-story window.
  • I can still stand on my head.
  • I have been stung by a bee on the lip. Ouch!
  • One day my sister was cutting my bangs and flippantly snapped the scissors in front of my face. She accidentally trimmed the tip of my nose that day as well as my bangs. Ouch again!
  • My dad was my principal in school!
  • I broke my arm in fourth grade while pretending that I was a Olympic ice skater.
  • I love to trout fish. I love the whole experience, but digging the earthworms for bait may be my favorite part.
  • When I was young, I wanted to live in a trampoline house.

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  1. Hi I wrote the mouse poem that you liked thank you
    I love the pic of you with the group of you with some one holding the puppy

    makes me think of this poem I wrote about me and my niece hope you don’t mind if I share it

    Two Silly-Silly Little Girls

    A Pome By Jessica Bigi
    Giggles-giggles long curls
    pulled up in pony tails
    Giggles-giggles behind their
    Blue eyes and rosy cheeks
    you can hear those giggling-gigging smiles.
    Giggles-giggles wearing blue jeans
    Giggles-giggles pitter patter
    Bare feet running across the floor.
    You can see those giggles-giggles
    Bouncing-bouncing on a
    big red bouncing horse
    You can feel those giggles-giggles
    As the gently hug a soft brown teddy bear,
    They are the giggles-giggles
    of two silly-silly little girls.


  2. Penny – I didn’t realize you were a Barbara Karlin Grant Runner-up until I was perusing the SCBWI page today. A late congratulations to you! I hope your book is progressing well.


    • Thanks, Lauri! It was so exciting. I have my book out on submission. I have gotten some rejections and several haven’t responded. One has shown some interest, but is still “thinking” :-) So, we’ll see. I have another out on submission that is rhyming, also. Then quite a few in the revision stage! Some rhyming and some prose.
      I hope your writing is going well, too.


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