Why, Daddy? Why? - debut board book

You know you’re a parent when it feels like you hear the word “Why?” a million times a day.


In this adorable board book, a cuddly papa bear uses his cub’s naturally inquisitive nature to show the many forms of his love. From bear hugs to bubble baths and storytime snuggles, this daddy answers every question with the answer to why parents do, well, everything: love.

The book will be published by Familius press, which has been named as one of the fastest-growing small publishers for the last several years. Familius specializes in books that put families first. The book is scheduled to be Familus’ Father’s Day release in May of 2022. 



Co-Edited by Tamara Girardi and Abigail G. Scheg (Routledge, April 2021)
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As the online world of creative writing teaching, learning, and collaborating grows in popularity and necessity, this book explores the challenges and unique benefits of teaching creative writing online.

This collection highlights expert voices who have taught creative writing effectively in the online environment, to broaden the conversation regarding online education in the discipline, and to provide clarity for English and writing departments interested in expanding their offerings to include online creative writing courses but doing so in a way that serves students and the discipline appropriately.

Interesting as it is useful, Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online offers a contribution to creative writing scholarship and begins a vibrant discussion specifically regarding effectiveness of online education in the discipline.

Co-Edited by Tamara Girardi and Abigail G. Scheg (McFarland, August 2018)

Young adult literature holds an exceptional place in modern American popular culture.


Accessible to readers of all levels, it captures a diverse audience and tends to adapt to the big screen in an exciting way. With its wide readership, YAL sparks interesting discussions inside and outside of the classroom.


This collection of new essays examines how YAL has impacted college composition courses, primarily focusing on the first year. Contributors discuss popular YA stories, their educational potential, and possibilities for classroom discussion and exercise.

Co-Edited by Abigail G. Scheg and Tamara Girardi (McFarland, November 2017)
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One dimensional television characters are a thing of the past--today's popular shows feature intricate storylines and well developed characters.


From the brooding Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries to the tough-minded Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, protagonists are not categorically good, antagonists often have relatable good sides, and heroes may act as antiheroes from one episode to the next.


This collection of new essays examines the complex characters in Orange Is the New Black, Homeland, Key & Peele, Oz, Empire, Breaking Bad, House, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.