Cindy's fiction (written as Cindy Trumbore), for children ages 7 through young adult, focuses on family relationships, fantasy/adventure, and humor.
The Genie in the Book, a chapter book fantasy from Handprint Books/Chronicle (November 2004), is for grades 2-5. 120 pages. Ten-year-old Will Parrish’s summer vacation improves considerably after he accidentally releases a genie from an old copy of The Arabian Nights.
Three Cheers for Liberty!, a chapter book about Colonial Williamsburg's mascot, Liberty, was published in 2017 from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Publications Dept. The story tells about the events leading up to the American Revolution from the perspective of Liberty, George Washington's dog. (She plays a very important role!)
Numerous short stories, including leveled texts for elementary and middle-school students, for clients including Kaplan and Houghton Mifflin.
Cindy's nonfiction (also written as Cindy Trumbore), for grades K-8, is researched from up-to-date sources and written with an insider's understanding of children's reading abilities and tastes.
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, collages by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low, April 2016. 40 pp. Picture book that combines a cumulative song text with a narrative story about North America's grasslands and their keystone species, prairie dogs. Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly; Selection of the Junior Library Guild; Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016; Betsy Bird's list of 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books, School Library Journal; 2018–19 Master list, William Allen White Award.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, collages by Susan L. Roth, Lee & Low, Nov. 2013. 48 pp. Picture book that jointly tells the story of the Puerto Rican Parrot, one of the most endangered birds in the world, and the history of Puerto Rico. 2014 Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children, American Library Association; 2014 Américas Award, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2013; Kirkus Best of 2013 Books; School Library Journal 2013 Best Books; five starred reviews.
The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, collages by Susan L. Roth, Lee & Low, April 2011. 32 pp. Picture book about the work of Dr. Gordon Sato, a biologist who helps communities to plant mangrove trees as a solution to poverty, hunger, and global warming. An ALA Best Book for Children; Winner, Jane Addams Award.
At the Top of the World, Modern Curriculum Press (MCP), 2000. Grades 1-3, 24 pp. Expository nonfiction about life in Arctic lands, including traditional and modern ways, crafts and games, and tundra wildlife.
Let's Play Soccer, MCP, 2000. Procedural/expository nonfiction introducing children to soccer, including the rules and history of the game and a look at some stars of the game.
Discovering the Titanic, MCP, 1999. Grades 2-4, 48 pp. Narrative nonfiction about the Titanic disaster and the spectacular discovery of the wreck.
New Year's Around the World, MCP, 1999. Grades 2-4, 48 pp. Expository nonfiction: a look at New Year's celebrations in seven different cultures.