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Short Bio: I am the author of Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas and the upcoming Drawn Together, which will be illustrated by Caldecott medalist Dan Santat (both published by Disney-Hyperion). I write about children's literature at Bottom Shelf Books and have written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, The Horn Book, and the Huffington Post.


Not-Quite-As-Short Bio: I am the author of Let Me Finish! a debut picture book (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by the super-talented Isabel Roxas (Disney-Hyperion, June 7, 2016). My second book, Drawn Together, will be with the Caldecott medalist and NYTimes bestselling author/illustrator Dan Santat (Disney-Hyperion, Summer 2018).

During the day, I am a federal early childhood policy expert who has worked in education at the national, state, and local level -- both in and out of the classroom. I got my bachelor's in Psychology (and some would argue, Ultimate Frisbee) from Dartmouth College and received a master's in Ed Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Outside of spending time with my beautiful wife and sons, my favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.

I write about picture books at Bottom Shelf Books (my blog) and as a member of the children's literature consortium The Niblings. I have also been published in the New York Times, The Horn Book, the Huffington Post, NPRBook Riot, the Atlantic Wire, the New York Daily News and Reading Rainbow. In 2010, I co-led the design of 826DC's Museum of Unnatural History, the only place where you can both support youth creative writing and pick up your daily supply of unicorn tears.

I am an active member of SCBWI and ALA and have the good fortune of being represented by the one and only Stephen Barbara of InkWell Management.