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Feast for 10

Clarion Books, 1993

A counting book that features an African American family shopping for food, preparing a meal, and sitting down to enjoy a festive dinner together.

“Visual victuals are offered up: a world of form, pattern, texture and surprising dimensionality is rendered in cut paper.”
—New York Times Book Review

“A joyful celebration of family and food.” 
—ALA Booklist   

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We Have a Baby

Clarion Books, 1993

A biracial family celebrations the arrival of a new baby.

“An inviting concept book that should find a warm welcome in many newly expanded families.”
Kirkus Reviews 

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Word Wizard

Clarion Books, 1998

An imaginative child embarks on an anagram adventure.

“This lively introduction to anagrams uses words and concepts that new readers can easily understand and conveys the way language and imagination can brighten up a child’s day.”
School Library Journal  


  • A Junior Library Guild Feature Book
  • Named a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts by the National Council of  Teachers of English(1999)

Turtle Splash!

Greenwillow Books, 2001

A nature countdown adventure featuring ten turtles and various insects, birds, and mammals sharing a pond habitat.

“This lush volume is sure to make a splash.”
Publishers Weekly


  • An American Library Association Notable Book
  • Outstanding Merit—Bank Street Best Books of the Year,2001
  • Maine Lupine Honor Award, 2001
  • Children’s Literature Choice, 2002
  • PBS Science Friday recommended book
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio  Gold  Award, 2004
  • Maine Raising Readers 2004-05 book
  • Starred reviews: Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal

David's Drawings

Lee & Low Books, 2005

A shy young boy connects with friends through his art.

“In her insightful narrative and handsome artwork, Falwell subtly conveys the importance of both teamwork and independence.”
Publishers Weekly


  • Cooperative Children’s Book Council “Choices”
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year
  • Families Reading Together Book- West Palm Beach County
  • Parents Guide Children’s Media Award
  • Parent’s Choice  Recommended Award
  • Texas 2×2 Book: Texas Library Association

Los Dibujos De David (Spanish Edition)

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Greenwillow Books, 2007

Six silent turtles sit still as stones as all the creatures around them leap, scamper, scuttle and scoot around them.

“Extraordinary paper collages accompany a high-spirited romp at the pond.
—School Library Journal, starred review  


  • Kirkus, starred review

Butterflies for Kiri

Lee & Low Books, 2008

A young artist struggles with making an origami butterfly, and then discovers her own creative resolution.

“Colorful and bright, this story of frustration and determination will appeal to children who have experienced both…”
ALA Booklist 


  • Cooperative Children’s Book Council “Choices”
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year
  • Parent’s Guide Children’s Media Award 

Pond Babies

Down East Books, 2011

A toddler guessing game featuring baby animals at a pond encourages the exploration of the outdoors.

“Vibrant cut-paper collage along with a humorous bit of self-discovery at the end make this the perfect book to share with the very young.”
—Raising Readers

Gobble, Gobble

Dawn Publications, 2011

A young naturalist follows a flock of wild turkeys in her backyard through the year.

“Not just for Thanksgiving, this should be a welcome addition to nature shelves all year round.”
Kirkus Review

Rainbow Stew

Lee & Low Books, 2013

Three children visit their grandpa who invites them out to his garden where they merrily pick, and then cook up, a colorful collection of veggies for his famous rainbow stew.

“I realize many will say there are no perfect books. I believe this to be a rare exception.”

“…a story that positively revels in family togetherness and good food.”
Kirkus Reviews    

Nesting Quilt

Tilbury Books, 2015

Maya has a special relationship with her grandma. They share a love of birds, nests, and sewing. With Nana’s help, Maya makes a special gift for the family’s new baby.

“A charming, heartwarming story tailor-made for alleviating anxieties about becoming a big sister.”
Kirkus Reviews

A Space for Me

Lee & Low, Forthcoming, 2020

It’s just not fair! Alex’s big sister has her own room, but Alex has to share a room with their little brother, Lucas, who makes noise, plays with Alex’s toys, and takes over both sides of their room. One day, when Lucas breaks Alex’s favorite dragon, spills all the crayons, and throws puzzle pieces into the air, Alex has had enough!

All Alex wants is a quiet space for himself. In the backyard he creates the perfect spot to read, play, think, and dream. But when Lucas misses him, Alex helps his brother build his own special space too. Some days Alex spends time in his space by himself. Some days Lucas plays in his space by himself. And some days the brothers play in their room–a space for both of them together.

Other titles:


Where’s Nicky?
Nicky 1-2-3
Nicky’s Walk
Nicky Loves Daddy
Nicky & Grandpa
Nicky and  Alex
(Clarion Books, 1990 -1992)

Clowning Around (Orchard Books, 1991)

Shape Space (Clarion Books, 1992)

The Letter Jesters: A Kids’ Guide to Letterforms (Ticknor & Fields/ Houghton Mifflin, 1994)

Dragon Tooth (Clarion Books, 1996)

P.J. & Puppy (Clarion Books, 1997)

Christmas for 10 (Clarion Books, 1998)

Shape Capers (Greenwillow, 2007)

Mystery Vine (Greenwillow, 2010)


Illustrations for books by other authors:


Hands! by Virginia Kroll (Boyds Mills Press, 1997)

It’s About Time: Poems by R.H. Pierce, J.H. Gilliland, F.P. Heidi (Clarion Books, 1999)

New Moon by Pegi Deitz Shea (Boyds Mills Press, 2000)