August is the height of blackberry season and my neighborhood hasn’t been in short supply, so the other day when I was feeling kind of down about all of the packing and cleaning my husband and I have been doing since we moved into our new house, a new idea popped into my head: W
A hand and an arm and a nose and a shower—an elephant’s trunk is like a Swiss Army knife of tools! With over 100,000 muscles crisscrossing its length, this appendage is a masterpiece of strength and dexterity. In this video, shot at the Sheldrick Ithumba Camp in Tsavo National Park, I
Happy August, and HELLO elephant books! First of all, a huge THANK YOU to those of you who entered my Shark Week giveaway last month! It was such a big success and went so far beyond my expectations that I decided to select two winners instead of just one. Congratulations to Janeth C.
In celebration of this year’s Shark Week, I am giving away a 16″ x 20″ giclee print of one of my favorite spreads from my first book, NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS! To enter the contest, all you need to do is answer the question “what is your favorite thing about great w
This month I had the honor of doing my first interview for How to Be an Elephant with the wonderful Luann Toth from School Library Journal. Below, you can read our conversation on research, process, and the future of elephants. Following on the heels of her Sibert Honor–winning Neigh
A few weeks ago, I held my first Story and Illustration Workshop for 4th and 5th graders at our public library. We started out with pencils, paper, and feelings—Which color means happiness? What shapes mean anger?—and then did a series of exercises on creating feelings by using the co
While I can appreciate the need to self-replicate, I wish the local grass plants would stop trying to do it on my face! I often have seasonal allergies, but my family and I are now living in an area in Oregon with one of the highest grass pollen counts in the world, so for the last fe
If you are what you eat, elephants are basically one big walking pile of acacia leaves. They eat other plants too, of course—some populations of elephants have hundreds of different greens to choose from—but the elephants that I met in Kenya loved acacia plants, enormous spikes and al