My Books

If you’d like to order signed personalized copies, please contact Fiction Addiction Bookstore in Greenville, SC.


Me With You published by Philomel (Penguin Putnam)

Illustrated by Christopher Denise

ISBN: 9780399250170

Board Book: ISBN 9780399162626

Available in paperback through Scholastic: ISBN 9780545286855

Mini Racer published by Bloomsbury

Illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

ISBN: 9781599905914
star“Bouncy rhymes . . . Bright colorful illustrations.”
Starred review — School Library Journal

Surfer Chick published by Abrams

Illustrated by Henry Cole

ISBN: 978-1419701887

starA guaranteed ‘Cowabunga!’” Starred Review – Kirkus Reviews 
starTotally awesome!” Starred review — School Library Journal
Rollicking, righteous, fun!People Magazine


A Dance Like Starlight published by  Philomel

Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

ISBN: 978-0399252846

“A bravura performance from start to finish.” Bookpage Reviews
star“Dempsey’s lyrical prose soars . . . ”  Starred Review — Booklist
star “A warm inspirational collaboration that will resonate in the hearts of all who dream.” Starred Review — Kirkus Reviews
Junior Library Guild Spring 2014 Selection
2015 ALA/ALSC Notable
2015 CCBC Choices List
2015 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book text


Superhero Instruction Manual (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Illustrated by Mark Fearing

ISBN: 9780385755344

Available May 17, 2016

“This funny, spirited exploration of superhero culture sans violence and with an added dose of familial love is a powerful addition to any bookshelf.” —Kirkus Reviews


Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands (Little Bee Books)
Illustrated by Jane Massey

ISBN: 9781499802290

Available July 2016

a hop is up cover

A Hop is Up (Bloomsbury)

Illustrated by Lori Richmond

ISBN: 9781681190716

Available September 13, 2016

ten feet

Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet (Little Bee)

Illustrated by Jane Massey

ISBN: 9781499802368

Available November 2016


Forthcoming: PAPA PUT A MAN ON THE MOON (Dial Books for Young Readers) May 2019

3 thoughts on “My Books

  1. katmaz2012

    Love your books. As a prepublished picture book writer, I appreciate the language, word choice. I was wondering if you had illustrator notes for Superhero Instruction Manual. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Katmaz! I did place illustration notes in the manuscript my agent submitted. I included a note, though, or had my agent mention that all illustration notes were intended as mere suggestions. I only included illustration notes that were necessary to show that the text reflected the opposite of what should be in the illustrations. I’m not completely positive if my editor left them all in when she sent the ms to the illustrator, but I’m thrilled with how the illustrations turned out. I think Mark Fearing is a genius!

  2. katmaz2012

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I agree that Mark Fearing did fabulous job. They seemed like that is what you would have wanted, that is why I had to ask.

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