Friend Friday

June 7th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

It is an honor to host Irene Latham today. I first met her through her wonderful novel, Leaving Gee's Bend, [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“Write what should not be forgotten.” —Isabel Allende

Friend Friday

May 31st, 2019|animals, books, reading, research, writing|

The very funny and lovely Erica S. Perl and I bonded over yogurt, specifically Chobani Passionfruit. Since that initial meeting, [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

May 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary [...]

Friend Friday

May 24th, 2019|books, humor, illustration, picture books, reading|

In addition to being an incredibly talented book creator, Dana Sullivan is also a great dancer. We cemented our friendship [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, [...]

Friend Friday

May 17th, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

When it comes to friends, it's hard to think of a dearer one than Ann Whitford Paul. Ann is the [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

May 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.” —Agatha Christie

Friend Friday

May 10th, 2019|books, reading, writing|

Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot believe our luck, Dear Readers: the very busy and in-great-demand Lynda Mullaly Hunt has graciously [...]

Friend Friday

May 3rd, 2019|books, picture books, writing|

Though I love to celebrate my friends' new books no matter where they live, it's eggs-tra special fun to celebrate [...]

Friend Friday

April 26th, 2019|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I love learning new things and I've found children's books a rich resource for providing glimpses into times, places and [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

"Writing is really a way of thinking — not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, [...]

Friend Friday

April 19th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I am impatiently waiting for the "Beam Me Up, Scotty" form of transportation so that I might easily have coffee [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

"Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul." —Isabel Allende

Friend Friday

April 12th, 2019|books, history, women, writing, Young Adult|

It's so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“A word after a word after a word is power.” —Margaret Atwood

Friend Friday

April 5th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, picture books, research|

Why is it that some people -- like me -- merely open that package of ramen and add hot water [...]

Friend Friday

March 29th, 2019|animals, books, reading|

Cindy Lord is one of my Silver Sisters (along with Jennifer Holm). The three of us shared Newbery Honor awards [...]

Friend Friday

March 22nd, 2019|books, friends, picture books, writing|

I am so pleased Jenn Bailey took time out of her busy book launch schedule to visit with us here [...]

Friend Friday

March 16th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, picture books, research|

Who doesn't love old favorites dressed up in fresh new ways? No one! That's why it's such a treat to [...]