is an acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of numerous children’s books that help young readers connect and engage with their peers in kinder, more caring ways. Read more below. DOWNLOAD AUTHOR BIO

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She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing offline/online peer aggression and friendship issues. A strong advocate in building children's social-emotional learning skills, Trudy has collaborated with leading experts and organizations including Sesame Workshop, the International Bullying Prevention Association, Committee for Children,, and Passport to Peace Foundation. Profiled in numerous national and regional media outlets. (Click here for media coverage), Trudy presents at schools and conferences, educating students, parents, and teachers on relational aggression. (Refer to bullying basics for more information.)

Her books have received numerous awards and citations including Children's Book Council Teacher Favorites Award, Reading the West Picture Book Award, the M. Jerry Weiss Book Award, Victoria Soto Legacy Award, IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, NAPPA Gold Medal Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Awards, Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award, Comstock Read Aloud Honors and are included in the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Best of the Year Selection, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Selection, National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect Book Club Selection, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal’s Best Picture Books Selection, Scholastic Instructor Recommended Back-to-School Picks, and more.

Trudy and her family live in Portland, OR. They try their best to take advantage of all that the magnificent Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Featured On

ABC’s Good Morning America

PBS’s Keeping Kids Healthy


Scholastic Book Club

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Rally to Read


The Horn Book “Talks with Roger”

Huffington Post

Wall Street Journal

Reading Rainbow

National Crime Prevention Council’s

Circle of Respect Audio Podcast

Sesame Workshop’s Expert Panel Video Series