LaDonna Plays Hoops is my first book of fiction. This children’s picture book was born in
the 1980’s and has grown and matured. Seeing the book come to life is a realized dream for me.
This book is published with MacLaren-Cochrane and was a finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards.
I have a second picture book under contract. This book, LaDonna’s Easter in Paris, is
available for pre-order on my website and the publisher’s website, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing.
I also write poetry or free verse. I have written poetry since I was young and I have saved much
of it. I have yet to publish any poetry, but hope to do so eventually. Perhaps, I will share
some on my website.
For my day job, I am a professor of Child Development at Sacramento State in California.
Professionally, I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children,
the American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association. I am
also a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). My alma maters
gave me Alumni Awards. Stanford University gave me one for excellence in education in 2018. The
University of Redlands gave me one for career achievement in 2019.