Friend Friday

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they [...]

Friend Friday

September 18th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, inspiration, picture books, writing|

What a treat it is to be part of Josh Funk's Short & Sweet/Long & Savory blog tour! In fact, [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so [...]

Friend Friday

September 4th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

So often the first advice given to writers is "Write what you know." Fleur Bradley has a different take on [...]

Friend Friday

August 28th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

I first "met" Gennifer Choldenko through her wonderful middle grade novel Notes From a Liar and Her Dog many years [...]

Friend Friday

August 21st, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

First time author Rachel Trusty zeroes in on a life principle that she and her main character share in common [...]

Friend Friday

August 14th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

What a pleasure it is to once again host Jo Watson Hackl for Friend Friday. Jo is not only a [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of [...]

Friend Friday

July 24th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

There are so many things I love about Amanda Abler's essay below, but I think my favorite part has to [...]

Friend Friday

July 17th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

Today's guests are supreme examples of writers who have built long, successful careers through hard work and innovation. Joan Holub [...]

Friend Friday

July 10th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

Trudi Trueit does something so important with her Explorer Academy series. She certainly tells a good story, highlights fascinating discoveries [...]

Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As [...]

Friend Friday

June 26th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, research, writing|

There are not many Friend Friday guests with whom I have wrestled a scorpion, but Sara Fujimura is among that [...]

Friend Friday

June 19th, 2020|books, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

What fascinating women Laurie Wallmark has chosen as subjects of her picture book biographies: Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr. [...]

Friend Friday

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words [...]

Friend Friday

June 5th, 2020|books, history, women, writing|

What a genuine honor and pleasure it is to count Laurie Ann Thompson as a friend and to celebrate her [...]

Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis [...]

Friend Friday

May 22nd, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

I sure wish I'd had Kate O'Shaughnessy's debut novel when I was a kid because I would've loved to read [...]

Friend Friday

May 15th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host Robert Pizzo today in celebration of his newest books, Let's Fix Up the House and [...]