Naio the feather doesn’t quite fit in.
…she stares anxiously up at the clouds each morning, feeling lost and out of place. Unaware of the icy storm approaching, she is swept into the sky, where she discovers the truth of who she is and the true nature of the clouds.
Two short stories
Also included are The Big Round Rock in the Sky, a meditation on the moon. It follows Naio the feather and Tama the pebble as they listen to origin stories of the moon from the perspective of many creatures in the valley: a rock, a firefly, and a moth.
Queen of the Flowerbeds is the story of a small group of plants that float in to the court of Queen Irene, only to find out they aren't welcome. A tale of acceptance and bravery.
A Royal Dragonfly Award Winner
Where All the Little Things Live was a 2020 Royal Dragonfly Award winner!
- Honorable Mention: Best Illustrations
- Honorable Mention: Chapter Book
“I liked the moth king because he told Luna that we all love your gentle brightness, and please come back. It sounded like they actually loved Luna. At first it seemed liked no one liked her, but then it turned out that everyone loved her.”
“it’s so helpful to read about strong, quiet heroes like Naio who also struggle with real fears.”
“I loved this story and the underlying theme of acceptance. It feels very familiar and relevant in this moment.”
“I love all the different stories about Luna. It’s a wonderful way to present the idea that we all understand the world through our different circumstances, locations, and experiences.”
All of my books are printed by Eberhardt Press, an independent, printer in Portland, Oregon on a Ryobi 2-color offset press. A limited from of casebound editions made my Windy Weather Bindery.
Book available in December 2020. Audiobook available April 2021.
An immersive audiobook
A goal with all my books was to create immersive audiobooks. In 2015 I finally pursued this goal in earnest with my first book, Zosan. For my audiobooks I record, edit, perform and compose music; I see them as an opportunity to do all of these things that I enjoy.
For Where All the Little Things Live, I was fortunate to enlist the talents of several others:
- Christine Kapusky (Naio)
- Maria Mikheyenko (Queen Irene)
- Will Langford (Bayo)
- Calise Romero (Clover)
- Michael Kuzmanovski (Red the Balloon)
For samples of my other audiobooks, please find the books on my site.