Proud to be a 2018 & 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards judge for Story Monsters Ink Magazine.

In 2009, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards were conceived with children in mind. Not only do we want to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children's literature, but we also want to highlight up-and-coming, newly published authors, and younger published writers.

Divided into 56 distinct subject categories ranging from books on the environment and cooking to sports and family issues, and even marketing collateral that complements a book, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages.  A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book's cover, marketing materials, or website tells parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers that they are giving children the very best in reading excellence. Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. [Read More]

What is Book Turnip?

BookTurnip is a project I started because I am passionate about children's literacy. Reviewing new releases and the amazing minds behind them is a dream come true, not only keeping my own creativity sparking, but  also providing a mom's perspective on how they can be used to communicate with our children. While I am in love with reading, I'm simply rabid about using books to begin dialogs - giving kids and adults a wonderful jumping off point for further discussions.