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September 17th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

What a pleasure to celebrate author/illustrator Don Tate today! The experiences he shares below remind me a bit of the cruel experiments that inspired Gennifer Choldenko's Orphan Eleven, where kids [...]

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September 10th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I so appreciate Suzanne Kaufman for many reasons, two of which are her perseverance with getting this post to me despite the cyber-imps working overtime to keep it from happening, [...]

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September 3rd, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

Laurie Wallmark poses an intriguing question in today's essay. I wonder how other book creators might answer it? While I wouldn't describe my passion for historical fiction a rut, I've [...]

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August 23rd, 2021|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

It was such a joy and so inspiring to chat with Janet Fox last Thursday (August 19) on my Write Space with Kirby Larson and Friends program, still viewable over [...]

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August 20th, 2021|history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first "met" Sarah Miller through her fabulous Miss Spitfire; Voya says "Miller brings history to life," and that is no exaggeration. Her work always adds something fresh, especially to [...]

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August 13th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, museums, picture books, women|

Sometimes you just got to go for it! And that's what I did when I summoned my courage to email a literary hero of mine, Lynne Rae Perkins to invite [...]

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August 6th, 2021|books, Creativity, family, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first met Michaela MacColl through her writing; I believe it was Always Emily. I have since had the pleasure of meeting her in person and while we talked historical [...]

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July 30th, 2021|Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I love Aimée Bisonette's essay below because it taps on something creatives worry about incessantly: am I doing it right? Her insights are as refreshing as an icy cold glass [...]

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July 23rd, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I am full of emotion as I write this introduction. First: my heart brims with joy to be hosting Cynthia Leitich Smith in celebration of her latest middle grade novel, [...]

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July 16th, 2021|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh, I wish I had known Carolyn Crimi's secret when I read her delightful novel, Second-Hand Dogs (Balzer+Bray); it would have made reading the book all that much more enjoyable. [...]