My picture book, Lucky Boy (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), started as the story of an unlucky little dog and a lonely widower. The dog was based on a lonely dog in my neighborhood and the man, based on my father, who was grieving the death of my mother. I needed a happy ending for these real life stories, so I wrote one. When I showed the story (in the form of a dummy book) to Ms. Ann Rider at Houghton Mifflin Company, I was hoping for someone to take note of the pencil drawings and give me some illustration work. To my delight, she loved the story and I found myself with a contract for my first picture book. Lucky Boy is indeed lucky. It has gone to a second printing and has been published in Korean and Japanese. Lucky Boy was the 2004 Humane Society of the United States, KIND Children’s Book Award Recipient.








Three Little Robbers is a chapter book written by Christine Graham and edited by Reka Simonsen, Senior Editor, Henry Holt and Company, BFYR, 2007. It’s a terrific story for kids just starting to read on their own. Please visit Christine’s website at:

It’s getting some nice reviews!









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Peter Peter Picks a Pumpkin House is the second chapter book written by Christine Graham, illustrated by Susan Boase and edited by Reka Simonsen of Henry Holt and Company, BFYR 2009. It follows in the wake of Three Little Robbers. Another great little offering for beginning readers!

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Be sure to check out the charming Oregon Reads Aloud: a collection of 25 children’s stories by Oregon authors & illustrators (Graphic Arts Books, 2016), a book celebrating 25 years of SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). SMART is a statewide early literacy nonprofit organization, matching adult volunteer readers with struggling public school student readers, getting these kids excited and motivated about reading. I was so delighted to be invited to illustrate Stephanie Shaw’s lovely story, Lionel and Pip.