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I'm a New York City based kidlit writer, diver & adventurer. I love sharing the mysteries of the deep with kids of all ages who love adventure.

If I could live anywhere I wanted to, it would be at the bottom of the ocean or in a tree house that I designed myself.

If I were a character in a novel, I'd choose a middle grade adventure novel, just like the kind I like to write! 


Clementine... The Game!

Clementine... The Game!

When I’m not writing, I am often teaching. One of the classes I love to teach (surprise!) is children’s literature. In this class, my students and I get to read all sorts of cool kidlit books. We read a combination of brand new books and older classics. Our goal is to think and learn as much as we can about kidlit books: what makes them interesting, what makes them fun, what makes them hard.

Recently, I asked my students to figure out a way to “teach” a book. Some of you might be familiar with the marvelous adventures of Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. One of my students, Katelyn, designed a game to enhance the reading of the book. The game takes you through the major events in the book.

She made the game board and these adorable game pieces.

 Clementine game pieces by Katelyn  Photo credit: Liz Summit, 2018

Clementine game pieces by Katelyn

Photo credit: Liz Summit, 2018

If you could turn a book into a game, what book would you choose? And what kind of game would you design?

(PS: If you haven’t read Clementine, it’s a treat! It’s one of my favorite books about how tough 3rd grade can be!).

I'm Likin' Lichens!

I'm Likin' Lichens!

What's the Point Of... A Sea Cucumber?

What's the Point Of... A Sea Cucumber?