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Gold Medal Winner of the 2022 Key Colors Competition, a biennial contest for illustrators of children’s books.


Mari lives in a very normal house in a very normal neighborhood, then one day she gets a new bicycle. Mari sets off to see where her new bicycle will take her and her trip down the block becomes a fantastic adventure. She discovers new possibilities on her journey, helping others, paving her own way, and making friends.


This imaginative little road movie is layered with meaning.

Coming November 7, 2023

Available for preorder

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"Beautiful illustrations pair perfectly with simple, succinct text."

Upcoming Events and News for The New Bicycle


Society of Illustrators, New York, 10:00--6:00

(This is a ticketed event)

Clavis Publishing (publisher of The New Bicycle) is holding a all day workshop for illustrators on creating picture books and their competition Key Colors 2024. I will be doing a presentation on my process and the experience of winning the contest in 2022. 

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School Library Journal, Fall Day of Dialog, October 12 2023

(This is a free event and open to all)

I'm thrilled to be a part of SLJ's Day of Dialog this fall! I will be on a panel with other amazing picture books coming out this year. Our session is Invitation to Imagine, from 12:10 to 1:00. These are the other amazing books/creators on the list:

Linsey Davis, Girls of the World: Doing More Than Ever Before (Zonderkidz) 
Patrice Karst, Ruby and Lonely (Amazon Publishing) 
Thao Lam, One Giant Leap (Owlkids) 
Ana Siqueira, La Mala Suerte Is Following Me (Charlesbridge) 

Illinios Reads 2024 selection, Illinois Reading Council


The New Bicycle has been selected by the Illinois Reading Council as a 2024 Illinois Reads book! I am very proud to be a part of this initiative to promote literacy across the state of Illinois. There will be many events over the course of the next year. More information to come on the kick off on Dec. 8 and the Book Festival on February 3, 2024 and their IRC Conference, March 14 and 15


by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

illustrated by Darcy Day Zoells

WHEN GOD GAVE US WORDS, was listed as one of 2018's Best Spiritual Books for Children

Reviews:  Kirkus 

                Booklist review

                KidsBookBuzz 5 star review.

Published by Flyaway Books

To find out more about this author:

Author website

Wikipedia bio

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