I have TWO new books in 2016. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, the next novel in my Rip and Red middle grade series came out in July, and NIGHT AT THE STADIUM, my picture book with none other than baseball legend Derek Jeter, came out in April.

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Rip and Red Series

A Whole New BallgameRookie of the Year

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Junior Library Guild

Marvelous Cornelius


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Junior Library Guild
MWB Medal

Night at the Stadium

Night at the Museum

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Welcome to my new-look website!

A few months back, I redesigned my site. Well, not me, but the good people at Skytemple gave my site a tight, fresh look. I hope you’ll dip inside and check it out.

Why the changes? Well, a few reasons. First, it had been several years since I last shook things up, and with two new books in 2016 and two more coming in 2017, I felt a new look was in order. Second, I wanted the site to be easier to navigate. You’ll find it’s now much simpler to find out information about all my books, school visits, and my YouTube series, “Out of My Mind.”

School Visits

Interested in having Phil visit your school or event?

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Out Of My Mind

Have you checked out my new YouTube series?  It’s awesome.

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Follow Me!

Which social network do you prefer? Chances are, you’ll find me there, sharing all kinds of cool stuff. Be sure to follow me.

Speaking of “Out of My Mind”…

Here’s an episode called, “Book Talking A Whole New Ballgame.” It’s where I talk about the first book in my Rip and Red middle grade series.



It’s my picture book that hit shelves in 2014.

It’s a story of friendship, hope and apartheid in South Africa. Check out this super cool book trailer made by a group of fifth graders from Caldwell Heights Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas:


Finally, I’ve started a Blog page. It’s called, appropriately enough, “Out of Phil’s Mind.” That means, I going to start blogging again… I hope. The blog replaces my News Page and will include posts about my books, school visits, books I’ve read, education issues, and you guessed it, whatever else is on my mind.

Come on in, take a look around, and welcome to my world.


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Oh, And Just For Fun…

Here are a couple of quick vids — one of me playing Frisbee with my dog, the other of me and dancing and juggling to Lady Gaga!

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