Friend Friday

April 30th, 2021|books, environment, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

While I love supporting all of my book creator friends, it's always particularly wonderful when those friends, like Ellie Peterson, [...]

Friend Friday

April 23rd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Little did I know that, when my then-sixth-grade daughter introduced me to Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, my path would intertwine [...]

Friend Friday

April 16th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I belong to a middle grade book club and last winter, when it was my turn to select a book, [...]

Friend Friday

April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see [...]

Taking the Plunge

April 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Something a bit different today at Friend Friday -- a message from me! Each week, I use this space to [...]

Friend Friday

March 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Generally, I write an introduction here which shares my connection with my Friend Friday guest. Today that is Jeff Gottesfeld, [...]

Friend Friday

March 19th, 2021|books, friends, history, inspiration, women, writing|

Sometimes fortune does favor the bold! I was very bold in reaching out to a writer whose work I have [...]

Friend Friday

March 12th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

Suzanne Slade studied mechanical engineering and worked in the field -- on car brakes and rockets-- after getting her degree. [...]

Friend Friday

March 5th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh boy: Alice Kaltman's essay below comes at the perfect time for me. We hear many messages about perseverance (and [...]

Friend Friday

February 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Susan Kusel I have many jobs related to books; I’m a librarian, a book buyer for a bookstore and have [...]

Friend Friday

February 19th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

In this dark and cold (and for some people, incredibly snowy!) time, it's such a treat to host Amalia Hoffman, [...]

Friend Friday

February 12th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I have a strong memory of being sent a Linda Oatman High book or two by my editor when I [...]

Friend Friday

February 5th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Who hasn't felt overwhelmed by emotions this past year? Toni Yuly has created a sweet character with whom we can [...]

Friend Friday

January 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Sometimes I chat with folks outside the kid lit world who think because picture books are so short that they [...]

Friend Friday

January 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

It is my huge honor and delight to host Newbery Honor award winner, Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai). Margi [...]

Friend Friday

January 15th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Friendships begin in many ways; mine with Barbara O'Connor started with a fan letter sent in response to one of [...]

Friend Friday

January 8th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, writing|

Not many of my Friend Friday guests have run away to join the circus, but Lisa Robinson has! Well, perhaps [...]

Friend Friday

January 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

I have been blessed to have been embraced into the classrooms and hearts of so many teachers, including the amazing [...]

Friend Friday

December 18th, 2020|inspiration, picture books, poetry, writing|

I have been the beneficiary of many touching acts of kindness and one of my most cherished was gifted me [...]

Friend Friday

December 11th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I'm grateful to recent Friend Friday guest, Margo Sorenson, for introducing me to Bonnie Graves, fellow historical fiction lover. As [...]