Published Picture books and Poems
Debuts in 2025 with Gnome Road Publishing
Illustrated by Evelline Andrya
A Poem Soon to Bloom in LADYBUG magazine.
Six Titles published with Lerner Publications
Climate Change Solutions
Arctic Ice Loss
Willie Mays MLB
Baseball's Biggest Heart
Four more in 2024!
Explore Forensic Science
Available Picture Book Manuscripts
Not Yet, Bella
Even as a speck, Bella has trouble waiting. She climbs, munches, and jumps. Bella even S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S, but will she ever fly? Follow every stage of Bella's development while she learns who she is and what she can do.
Look Up, Pup By Katie Hesterman And Abbe Lynn Starr
A mysterious creature hides in a tree on a farm putting the animals on high alert. Explosions of ash, signs of distress and a cry for help have turned this peaceful barnyard into chaos. Our picture book, Look Up, Pup, pops with silly sounds and rollicking rhyme, keeping readers guessing till the very end.
Where is Bear?
Where is Bear? asks Hare in this comical game of Hide and Seek. Bear hides in trees, on stumps, and under logs while imploring the reader, Shhhhh!...don't tell Hare! Packed with silly surprises and a hilariou twist, this begging reader is sure to engage the most reluctant reader.
Three, Two, One...Go!
Three, Two, One...Go! throws readers behind the wheel and into the race. High speeds, popped tires, and big crashes bring about a bumpy ride, but there is good news! The pit crew is here to help, proving it takes a team to win.
Three, Two, One...BLAST OFF!
Hop on Top
Hop on Top, will bring learning and laughter as a mischievous frog hops in the most unwelcome places. With big messes and even bigger chases, this frog is on the “hop!” Who will stop him? This story is a modern Gingerbread Man fairy tale.
About the Author
I grew up in rural Wisconsin. My backyard was filled with green rolling hills. I don’t want to brag, but I had both a tree fort AND a teepee to play in every day. Salamanders, frogs, and creepy crawly critters were all part of the fun. I also had many friends; some real and some imaginary. I was never bored.
My childhood was the stuff of storybooks! I recall my memories of exploration, wonder and discovery as I write for children. While working in various professions, I realized- stories are powerful! They engage listeners, provoke thought, and bring smiles. Stories bring together parents and children, teachers and students, leaders and professionals. From childhood to adult, we all love great stories and I want to work with a team that creates them. My greatest joy is to write for children.
I am always ready for an adventure with my husband, three sons, and two daughters-in-law. If I’m not flying around the world, I land in my empty nest in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am surprised daily, laughing constantly, and never wondering what to do with my time.
- My first childhood home was a renovated cheese factory.
- I graduated second in my high school class… out of three students.
- I have a BA in Elementary Education and a Kindergarten Endorsement.
- My jobs: Teacher, Fundraiser, Marketing Manager, Development Director, and my favorites-Storyteller and Writer.
- I enjoy writing plays, puppet scripts, poems, and picture books.
- Chocolate cake makes me happy.
- I like to hike, run, yoga and golf.
Story Time with Abbe
We Wiggle. We Play. We Praise.
Story Time is faith-based and interactive. With puppets, paints, and imaginative play, we learn all about our great big God!
Be part of epic Bible stories. We will catch oodles of fish, survive stormy seas, and become good Samaritans. Along the way, we will learn to follow Jesus, brave any storm, and love our neighbors.
After our story, let’s jump, twirl and raise our hands to praise God. He is amazing and deserves our praise. You can sing, shout and make some noise with instruments. Sing out loud…even louder…He can hear us!
Before you leave, take time to create. Make a piece of art that will help you remember our story. You can look at your creation, and then act out our story at home. That way you’ll never forget it!
Whew! Learning about God can be so much fun!
Meet my favorite friends that come along for the fun!
Tweeters is a spunky bird who flies high and low to deliver important messages to all Story Time Friends! Straight from his beak to our mailbox he inspires us to Love One Another, Be Strong and Courageous, and remember that we are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.
Smitty & Dewy
Our favorite meteorologist, Smitty reports live to Story Time Friends with his storm-chaser frog, Dewy. This dynamic duo brings smiles and giggles as they observe the sky and sniff out storms. They share accounts of Jesus calming storms and manna falling from the sky. They remind us that our God is big, and He is with us.
Chef Pierre with Zach & Zoe
Chaos and laughter comes to Chef Pierre’s tidy kitchen every time a rambunctious boy named Zach and his curious sister Zoe visit. With so much work to be done, Chef Pierre enlists all preschool children to help him knead, pat, stir and chop. While we cook, we learn that God’s word is like a recipe. Follow it, and life can be delicious.