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Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
Published by Chronicle Books

Maurice rides his bike to his shop every day. Lotta rides her bike to collect sticks every day. Both go about their separate routines, unaware of the friendship that awaits them just a few blocks away. But what happens when a branch and a lemon peel get in the way? This delightful falling-in-like story from acclaimed picture book creators Carter Higgins and Zachariah OHora celebrates the power of coincidence to lead us to the friends we’re meant to meet all along.

“What do you get when you smash your bike? A new friend.” —Kirkus Reviews

This quirky anticonsumerist fable imagines a town in which uses can be found for the things most people abandon, small enterprises flourish, and communal kindness makes life rich.” —Publishers Weekly


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Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Published by Chronicle Books

Treehouses are for wonder.
Treehouses are for snacks.
Treehouses are for whispers and snickers and echoes.
Treehouses are for everyone.

This magical work of art from acclaimed picture book creators Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes celebrates the universal wonder of treehouses and all the adventure that live among branches.

“Delightful!” —BookRiot

“One magical, impossible treehouse after another.” —The Wall Street Journal

“This fantastical picture book begins with an invitation to pause and dream: ‘Everything you need for a treehouse/ starts with time/ and looking up.'” —Publishers Weekly

“A suggested first purchase for young and old readers alike.” —School Library Journal

A KidArtLit Selection

An NPR Best Book of the Year


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Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Published by Chronicle Books

This book is not a valentine. It doesn’t have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn’t that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all.

A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers—this offering from debut picture book author Carter Higgins and children’s book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.

“An enduring message of friendship.” —School Library Journal

“What makes the book so poignant, is that the boy pays real attention to his crush and is doing his best to deliver gifts that will be truly meaningful to her.” —Publishers Weekly

“This book swears it’s not a Valentine because it trades hearts and flowers for drippy glue, paper planes and the jelly half of a peanut butter sandwich (which makes it that much more special).” —Today.com

“Recognizes that you can don’t need sugary hearts and mushy sentiment to show you care.” —Newsday

“Heartwarmingly funny.” —Entertainment Weekly

A Kids’ Indie Next List Selection


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Cover Illustration by Brandon Dorman
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.

“This story is about as feel-good as they come, with new friendships grounded on old ones, poignant adolescent growth, and insights into family stories.”Bulletin

“Vibrant, engaging Derby and her descriptive first person narrative, full of lively and poignant touches, are compelling and affecting. A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans.” Booklist

“Readers will easily connect with the story’s reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Fans of quiet, nostalgic stories about team spirit should enjoy this debut effort.”Kirkus Reviews

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IMG_3209I’d love to come visit your school! I was a school librarian for a decade, so I have been on the other side of the desk planning author visits. My biggest goal is shared with yours: to celebrate books and encourage readers. If you have more questions, or would like to plan something specific, please email me.

This fee schedule applies to the 2018-2019 school year.


For local schools (in the Los Angeles area):

Half Day: $950
Full Day: $1500 + mileage over 30 miles from 91203

For schools outside of my local area

Full Day: $2000 + travel/transportation/accomodations when necessary*

What kind of visit can you expect?

A Half Day visit is two 45-minute sessions plus an optional signing and/or small group meet and greet. Half Days are only available in the Los Angeles area or as an add-on after a Full Day visit.

A Full Day visit is up to four 45-minute sessions plus an optional signing and/or small group meet and greet.

My presentations change based on new book releases, but are always based around the theme of how reading and writing as a kid prepared me to be an author as a grownup. I love to talk about how books are made, where ideas come from, how many drafts it took, and how being a reader is the most important thing you can be. I am available to talk to students in grades K-8.

Are you looking for a more intimate writing workshop? Let’s talk! I was a school librarian for a decade, so collaborating on something especially meaningful to you would be a joy.

*Fees can be split between schools within a reasonable area.


I’d love to meet your students virtually as well! If your school doesn’t use Skype, I am also available on Google Hangouts.

20-minute readaloud and/or Q+A: FREE!
35-45 minute version of an in-person presentation: $150


Are you ready to book a visit, either in person or via Skype? Or do you have any questions? Email me!

Don’t see something that works for you? Let’s also chat.

Wondering why to pay for an author visit? This post might help.