Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .

Photo Credit: Amy Stern Photography

Linda is represented by
Jennifer Mattson of
Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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Illustrated by You Byun.
Preview the artwork over here,
and read my interview with You in this post.

"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Cozy, predictable, cheerful and brimming with motherly love." KIRKUS

Thanks for visiting my website. Since I have more than one, here are a few directional arrows: If you're looking for info on writing for kids, go to The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books, visit Resources for Writers, or the PictureBookBuilders blog. If you'd like to see my books, download manuscripts, and read reviews and such, go to My Books and Manuscripts. If you're interested in a particular book, click on the title at right. If you're looking for Teaching/​Activity Guides or would like to buy out-of-print books, visit Books. Questions? Comments? Send me an email at linda@​


Congratulations to the super-talented Christian Robinson, winner of The Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for his illustrations for RAIN!

Like NO DOGS ALLOWED!, this book has very few words -- just 78 in all. How do you write a book with so few words? Visit the RAIN! page to download the manuscript.

Tools and Tips for Writing,
Polishing and Selling Your Manuscript

"I love the intelligence and practicality of 'Nuts and Bolts'. It's also warm, insightful, and very reassuring. I'll be sure to recommend it to the authors with whom I work -- both those just starting out, and those more experienced writers who want to deepen their understanding of picture books." Simone Kaplan, editor, consultant and coach, Picture Book People

The latest edition from poetry mavens Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong focuses on science. The poems, written by a who's who of contemporary poets (yep, including me) span a variety of subjects and styles. Now, it couldn't be easier to incorporate poetry into your classroom or home. Visit Pomelo Books to order.


Now that I'm of a certain age, I feel compelled to do a little proselytizing. I became a vegetarian more than 20 years ago, after reading the first edition of John Robbins's Diet for a New America about the horrors of factory farming. All these years later, little has changed despite plenty of documentation about the inhumane treatment of animals at most of these facilities and the egregious impacts this type of production (it's hard to call it farming) has on the environment and human health. If you're still eating meat, read Food Matters by Mark Bittman (for the gentler approach, with plenty of good vegetarian recipes), Farm Sanctuary by Gene Baur, or Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (for the more graphic depiction). Or watch Food Inc. Each one will give you plenty of reasons to reduce or eliminate your meat consumption.

Also, I recently learned that the "cage free" eggs I've been buying for years aren't necessarily from happy, free-roaming chickens. Their lives may be better than those confined to crowded cages--the source of most eggs you'll find in grocery stores--but only marginally so. Watch a short video and read about the distinctions at Humane Society of the U.S. Then consider the source next time you buy a carton of eggs, or choose some of the Humane Society's suggested alternatives.

Stella and Sammy ready for a party.

Give an animal something to celebrate. If you're thinking of getting a pet, please consider adopting from a rescue organization or animal shelter; there are so many beautiful animals waiting for a loving home. You can find shelters near you through Petfinder or or As for our girls, Sammy came from Retriever Rescue of Colorado and Stella from The Denver Dumb Friends League.


Brand New
"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
In Print
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
Other Titles
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS