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Hello and welcome to my zone! I am a kid’s lit author and illustrator who goes gaga for educational equality, laugh-out-loud wordplay, and yummy lyrical narratives that evoke big feelings.

After working for over a decade as a senior artist & CEO at my own small business in the arts, I am embarking on a new adventure as a kid’s lit creator. Making artwork with and for kids is my calling so it's time to make it official! I have been an SCBWI member since 2019 and I volunteer with the South San Francisco regional team. I live in Santa Cruz, California with my husband, 2 kiddos and one more on the way.

Please be in touch if you’d like to see my dummy books, have a chat or bring me into your classroom. I’m a big fan of humans and look forward to meeting you!

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Fun Facts
Favorite kid's books: Rain by Peter Spier, El Viento en los Sauces illustrated by Michel Plessix, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, The Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts, Matias Dibuja el Sol por Rocio Martinez

Kids' Lit careers I admire: LeUyen Pham, Kwame Alexander, Dan Santat

Favorite big kid books: Shogun by James Clavell, anything by Willa Cather, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, Roots by Alex Haley, Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor, The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

Favorite food: Hamburgers & milkshakes!

Fun fact: dual citizen USA & Great Britain.

Super fan girl of Hispanic culture and almost fluent in Spanish.

Favorite landscape: English bucolic (as long as I have my brolly!)


Animals in my neighborhood: The Crow Kingdom makes court outside my bedroom window; a chorale of coyotes; 2 blue herons, innumerable ducks, seagulls, sand pipers and black phoebes as well as many other winged beasts; barking sea lions; and finally, human beans of every kind- tall, short, wide, skinny, cream/ cinnamon/ coffee-colored, laughing, shouting, crying, fighting, friendly, grumpy, biking, walking, driving, running, ambling and, very rarely, bag piping.

Dearest wish: For humanity to begin believing in ourselves and to embark on a collective endeavor of problem solving, hope and peace.

Let's talk!

Dummy books by Emma Tipping

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Howdy, Grapes & Ghouls

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Trillion Stars

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Baboo Bakes 1-2-3

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