Nice to meet you!

I'm Maribeth. Welcome!

Every life is a story, isn’t it?

I have been writing stories since kindergarten and began writing for kids over 19 years ago when my own children were small. Lots of picture books and three children later, I enjoy not only the process of story writing but also meeting kids and adults who like to write.

There is no bigger thrill than talking with a breathless 10-year-old who tells me, “I want to be an author when I grow up!” That excited look in their eye reminds me that doing what you love to do, and leaning into how you are uniquely wired, is what makes work interesting, fun and rewarding.

Read on to learn more about me, my work and much more. I wish you all the best as you do your own writing, reading and creating!

I LOVE MY FAMILY!

We have three grown kids: Adam, who is married to Janelle — they have a little guy named Leo and a daughter named Della; Hanna, who is married to Noah — they have a toddler named, Abe; and our youngest is Will — recently graduated from college. My husband Darwin is a retired firefighter and my very best editor.

I LOVE MY GRANDKIDS!

Most of my stories originated from raising children, and now, through playing an active role in the lives of our little grandchildren. As a long-time volunteer with children and teens, I’ve never ceased to be amazed by the deep, perceptive and optimistic way they interpret the world. Kids, as always, inspire me!

I LOVE NATURE!

My husband, oldest son and I are beekeepers. It’s a hobby that is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. The stings aren’t fun, but the honey is a miracle and the work that honeybees do in pollinating is absolutely essential.

I LOVE BOOKS!

Does that surprise you? I grew up in the library and reading was a priority at home—it was with our own kids, too! Give me a good book from either the library or an independent book store, some nature and little children—well, my heart just might explode from happiness.

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School Visits

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School visits are the best! I believe they can be a memorable time of learning, inspiration and fun for students. From preschoolers to high schoolers, it is a thrill to encourage kids through teens to read and write through sharing my own story. From large group presentations, to writing workshop sessions, to individual writing consultations with students, I am eager to meet the particular needs of your students.

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Using props and other visuals, I give students a chance to explore what it means to be a writer. I also show the process of how a simple idea one day can develop into a book a few years later through both the writing and revision process. The presentations are highly interactive, geared specifically to each grade level, and include a time for questions. We have an exciting time together!

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Contact me today for more information on school visits, book signing events or speaking engagements. I’d love to come and visit with your school, group or organization. We can also schedule a virtual visit via Skype! Lesson plans and discussion questions are also available upon request. I look forward to working with you!
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Books
A Bike Like Sergio’s

A Bike Like Sergio’s

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Pupunzel

Pupunzel

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Happy Like Soccer

Happy Like Soccer

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The PS Brothers

The PS Brothers

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Sleeping Bootsie

Sleeping Bootsie

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Sweet Dreams, Little Bunny

Sweet Dreams, Little Bunny

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Dogerella

Dogerella

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Those Shoes

Those Shoes

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Before You Were Mine

Before You Were Mine

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Latest Updates

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What’s the buzz, Maribeth?

What’s the buzz, Maribeth?

My newest picture book, “Kaia and the Bees”, will be published soon by Candlewick Press. More info to come!

Teacher’s Guide for A Bike Like Sergio’s

Teacher’s Guide for A Bike Like Sergio’s

Teachers! The new Candlewick Press “A Bike Like Sergio’s” Teachers’ Guide is here, complete with Common Core Connections. Download the guide for free below.

Download PDF here (0.6 MB)

Fairy Dogmother on Its Way This Summer!

Fairy Dogmother on Its Way This Summer!

Cinderella had a fairy godmother. Did you know that dogs have a fairy dogmother?

Another Random House Step-into-Reading book,”The Fairy Dogmother” is hitting shelves this July! Look for it wherever books are sold.

As Real as Spit

As Real as Spit

I wrote a guest essay on creating real and memorable children’s book characters over at Two Writing Teachers (link). While you’re there, peruse the treasure house of articles and ideas on teaching writing and developing your own writing!

New Teacher’s Guide for Those Shoes!

New Teacher’s Guide for Those Shoes!

Teachers! Are you interested in using “Those Shoes” in the classroom?  Well, we have a sparkly, new Teachers’ Guide for you, complete with Common Core Connections.  Try it out, and let us know what you think!

Download PDF here (0.7 MB)

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Our brilliantly creative son-in-law, Noah Henscheid, designed my fresh website, and I couldn’t be more impressed or grateful.  To see additional examples of Noah’s handiwork, or to inquire about your own design projects, check out hirenoah.com.