Hi! I’m Julie!

I write picture books, and am represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary. My first picture book, Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) will be published by Viking Children’s in the summer of 2015.

I write a lot, but I don’t write much here about writing. I love picture books so much. I love them, I love talking about them, and I also love writing them.

I live in Maine with my husband, Dave, and our four kids: Henry (9), Eli (7), and Zuzu (5), and Ramona (3). I got my Master in Library Science degree in May 2010, but have yet to be able to use it, since I had a baby two days after I officially graduated.

I’ve had this website since 2002, though the blog format is new as of September 2008. Well, it was sort of bloggish before, but not with formal blog software, so there weren’t any comments or anything. Feel free to lose yourself for hours in the old site.

I also spend some time on Twitter and Facebook.

My children are wonderful, hilarious, terrifying little creatures. It is still mind-boggling that we have one kid, let alone four. I am an only child and a little perplexed by having all these people in my house.

I haven’t slept since June of 2003, approximately.

I have too many crafty hobbies that I don’t get a chance to do anymore.

Chocolate is a good friend to me. It got me through the oddly long period when I was off coffee. That period is, now, over.

I dream of a full day, or three, all alone. At the same time, I know I’d probably spend the whole time wandering in circles wondering what to do with myself.

In 2007 I got fed up with all the clutter in our house, and I made a resolution to get rid of 365 things in 365 days. I did it, and it made a big difference with my ability to constantly keep things moving out of the house, though it’s amazing to me how much stuff we still have that we don’t use. You can read most of the journal I kept that year on this site too.

All of my author photos were taken by my fabulous friend Cara Slifka.

Now, go read a book or something! Stop spending all your time at the computer!