Trip to China

In May of 2014 I was invited to China, where Belinda the Ballerina is very popular. During my two-week stay, I gave lots of radio and newspaper interviews, did live webcases, and met with various groups of educators, art students, parents and children. I was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Beijing International Children’s Reading Forum, and I also participated in the 10th annual China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair, which was basically a huge expo. In addition to learning about my work, people wanted to know about literacy issues, such as the importance of reading to children from the time they are born (or before!), and the importance of developing curiosity and imagination. It was an amazing trip!


a P1000224 copy

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2014-05-26 04.46.21 copy

2014-05-28 21.48.04 copy




2014-05-21 21.03.20 copy 2

2014-05-24 23.08.30 copy

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Check out this nice interview about DON’T EAT THE BABY! on “Seven Impossible Things  Before Breakfast”:

Emma Grace

Here is Emma Grace at her first dance recital, holding one of her favorite books. Good job, Emma!

Belinda the Ballerina Puppet Show

Talented puppeteer,  Jean Vanier, made puppets of characters from Belinda the Balerina and put on a show in Chicago, with help from real little ballerinas.

See Amy on EightWest, Channel 8!

I was interviewed by Terri DeBoer and Rachael Ruiz about “What Makes You Happy?”

A book of happiness:

Amy is on WZZM Channel 13!

Talking abut “The Happy Book.”

A nice article in the Grand rapids Press about WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

This makes me happy:

Donor Appreciation Night, and the Unveiling of my Book!

ON Wednesday, December 1st, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital hosted a Donor Appreciation Night. It was a lovely affair. The highlight for me was when President Doctor Bob Connors presented my book to Helen DeVos. Up until that point, the book had been a bit of a secret. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Read the Book. Tour the Hospital.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? was commissioned by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to honor Helen DeVos for the vision, kindness and generosity that made the hospital a reality. I was honored to be chosen to write and illustrate this book. The new hospital is  amazing, and really worth seeing. The book will be available for purchase in the gift shop, but, just as exciting, it will also be at several computer stations, where you can click through it just for fun. I hope to see you there!

From Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Come and see a hospital built just for kids and families. On Saturday, December 4, 2010, doors will be wide open for the community preview of the new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. To accommodate all of our visitors, we are scheduling self-guided tours. Please call 616.776.9626 to reserve your time.  You are sure to hear a lot of “Oohs” and “Ahhs” when you see our kid-friendly spaces and innovative features.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mud Fairies in the News!

Check out the recent article that appeared in the Muskegon News!