Up, Down, Over, and Under – Book news!

Thanks to everyone who bought, shared, and spread the word about our picture book OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, illustrator Christopher Silas Neal and I are collaborating on two companion books that will be coming out over the next few years.

We’ve been working on the first of those for a while now, and the cover is ready to share today!


UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT comes out this spring. It explores the magical, growing world of a garden, from the point of view of a child and grandmother toiling up in the garden, as the earthworms, beetles, and ants do their own work, down in the dirt.

And Chronicle just signed up another companion book that explores the interconnected ecosystem of an Adirondack pond, as a parent and child set out on a morning kayak trip. OVER AND UNDER THE POND is in its early stages, which means lots of research, both the reading kind and the exploring, outdoorsy kind.

One more piece of up/down/over/under news… OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW will be available to even more families soon, since it comes out in paperback next month.

Many, many thanks to everyone who’s been buying this book, signing it out of the library, and sharing it with readers since it first came out three years ago.  I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to research and write with this same sense of wonder, and I’m extra-thrilled to be making two more books with Chronicle and Chris Silas Neal.

3 Replies on “Up, Down, Over, and Under – Book news!

  1. I am THRILLED to see this new companion to Over and Under the Snow. I have used this book SO often in my classroom and shared it with teachers at my workshops! This is exciting news and I can’t wait to see the book!

  2. I received a signed copy of “Over and Under the Snow” and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s a sweet story full of interesting information along the way. Thanks for the free copy! (I wish I could remember what blog contest I won to get it.) I left a review on Amazon. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that it will be wonderful to use as a mentor text for me, as I begin my career as a picture book author. Thanks again!