Tracy C. Gold



Picture Books

“Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat”

"Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat": Halloween book by Tracy C. Gold

“Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat,” a book about a bat trick or treating for bugs, was published by Sourcebooks eXplore in August 2021 and is illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff. This Halloween book is great for kids up to age 8 to celebrate Halloween and learn about bats.

Grab it from my local bookstore in Baltimore, The Ivy Bookshop, or from your local bookstore (your best bet is to call or order online).

Amazon (affiliate link)




Barnes & Noble

Add it as “want to read” and see reviews on Goodreads

“Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby”

Everyone's Sleepy but the Baby, baby shower gift book

“Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby,” a board book about a baby who just won’t fall asleep, was published by Familius in April 2021 and is illustrated by Adele Dafflon. This short and sweet story makes an excellent baby shower gift book. It makes a great book for before bedtime or a nap. 

Sleepy Mommy,
Sleepy Daddy,
Sleepy little dog.
Everyone’s sleepy
But the baby,
Yawn, yawn, yawn.

After a long day, the whole family is ready to hit the hay . . . except for the baby. Why is it so hard to get the baby to sleep? With hilarious illustrations that might hit a little too close to home for new parents, Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby is the perfect, true-to-life bedtime story that will help even the most reluctant sleeper wind down for bed.

Buy directly from the publisher, Familius

Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)

Grab it from one of my local bookstores in Baltimore, The Ivy Bookshop, or from your local bookstore (your best bet is to call or order online).



Barnes and Noble

Add it as “Want to Read” and see reviews on Goodreads

If you are a book reviewer, book seller, or librarian, both books are available for request on Edelweiss!

Praise for “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby”

“My new favorite bedtime read, EVERYBODY’S SLEEPY BUT THE BABY has it all: pleasant rhyme and rhythm, cute illustrations, a plot every parent can relate to, and most important at bedtime, brevity! I smiled the whole way through.”
Amanda Rawson Hill, author of “You’ll Find Me”

“With the gentle, rhythmic cadence of classics like Goodnight Moon and fun art featuring frazzled parents, Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby is perfect for the modern (sleepy) parent to lull their little one at bedtime.”
June Smalls, author of She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch

“It’s a scene familiar to any exhausted parent: everyone is drowsy, sleepy, ready to hit the hay—except the baby, who is wide awake! As the parents, the dog, and even the toys wind down for the night, the baby wants to play, scrub-a-dub, and coo. Gold’s gentle, rhythmic text and Dafflon’s bright and lively illustrations combine for a perfect bedtime read for sleepy parents and (eventually) sleepy babies. Bonus: it’s just the right length for that ‘one last bedtime story’ that sets the mood for sleep. I am looking forward to adding it to my go-to baby shower gift list.”
Kathy MacMillan, children’s librarian and author of Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day

Call Your Mother

“Call Your Mother” celebrates all the moments when kids rely on their mothers, from infancy to when they are parents themselves. This book is inspired by my own changing relationship with my mother when I became a parent. It will be published by Familius in 2023. The illustrator is to-be-determined.

Hide and Seek, Nuts to Eat

A sequel of sorts to “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat,” “Hide and Seek, Nuts to Eat” follows a squirrel who decides that this year, she will share her winter stash of nuts with her friends. Readers will learn about what squirrels eat, and how their seed caching behavior helps forests grow. Plus, all the antics you’d expect from a squirrel, like outsmarting dogs! This book will be published by Sourcebooks in 2023 and will be illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff.

Short Fiction

“Break” in Stonecoast Review: buy issue here

“Impossibly Back” in Youth Imagination; read here

“Parker” in The Stoneslide Corrective; read here; won honorable mention in The Stoneslide Story Contest

“Accident” in YARN: read here

“Accident” in “The Female Complaint,” an anthology from Shade Mountain Press

“Her Boy” in 50-Word Stories: read here

“Pie” in Refractions

“Average Andy Almond” in Un-Bloc Zine


“Love” in “Erase the Patriarchy: An Anthology of Erasure Poetry” edited by Isobel O’Hare and published by University of Hell Press: order here

“Swallowed” in Reject 2 Zine

“Talk” in Welter


Baltimore Writers’ Club: Author Tracy C. Gold on Pandemic Parenting and Her Debut Picture Bookin The Baltimore Fishbowl: read here 

“Why the Luckiest Moms Get To Ride Horses: Welcome, Chrissy Teigen” in The Chronicle of the Horse: read here

“Nextdoor Roland Park tells you what residents really think about black kids in the neighborhood” in The Baltimore Sun: read here

“8 Lies They Told Me About Breastfeeding” in Thought Catalog:read here

“Legacy of Love and Courage” in Homefront Cooking

“On White Privilege, Police Brutality, and Baltimore” in Baltimore Fishbowl: read here

“Sextortion as Institutionalized Oppression: Before the Violence” in What Weekly

“43 Words and Phrases to Search for When Polishing Your Novel” in Adventures in YA Publishing: read here

On Marketing

For the Content Marketing Institute:

“10 Steps to Optimize Your Content Marketing Plan” in Chief Content Officer

“9 Ways to Use Content Marketing as a Recruiting Tool”

“The Ultimate SEO Checklist: 15 Steps to Optimize Your Content Marketing Plan”

Content Strategy: 9 Secrets for Awesome Blog Post Titles

“A Food Pyramid for Content Marketing”

“10 Ways to Write Like a Content Marketing Jedi”

“12 Lessons for Focusing Your Content Marketing Strategy on Education”

“What Makes a Good Blog Post: 10 Tips for Corporate Bloggers”

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