Friend Friday

May 8th, 2020|books, family, friends, inspiration, Uncategorized, writing|

What fun it is to host my lovely friend Jennifer K. Man today in celebration of her newest picture book, [...]

Friend Friday

May 1st, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am one lucky pup to count Leslie Connor among my friends. I so wish Leslie and I lived nearer [...]

Friend Friday

April 24th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

If a heart had fingerprints, you would find evidence of Kim Baker's huge one all over her newest book. (spoiler [...]

Friend Friday

April 17th, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

On her blog, Beth Anderson describes writing as "mining" -- from digging deep to find little-told stories to digging deep [...]

Friend Friday

April 10th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, writing|

Just looking at Amalia Hoffman's author photo lifts my spirits! I think we are all hungry for the bright and [...]

Friend Friday

April 3rd, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Kjersten Hayes is the kind of person you can count on for a smile or a sunny perspective on a [...]

Friend Friday

March 27th, 2020|books, midde grade, women|

When I think of kind and caring, I think of writer Barbara Dee. She cares so much about her kid [...]

Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little [...]

Friend Friday

March 13th, 2020|animals, books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

I first met featured illustrator Kaelen Felix when she was a preteen. I was presenting at a children’s literature festival [...]

Friend Friday

March 6th, 2020|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, writing|

What a sincere pleasure and honor it is to host Clare Meeker today. Clare and I have both been at [...]

Friend Friday

February 28th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

I can't remember when I first attended the Humboldt County Author's Festival, held every other year in Eureka, California but [...]

Friend Friday

February 21st, 2020|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host the talented Lori Mortensen today in celebration of her latest book, Nonsense: The Curious Story [...]

Friend Friday

February 14th, 2020|books, gratitude, Love, reading|

Three of my all-time favorite books have been written by one author: Susan Hill Long. I first met Sue through [...]

Friend Friday

February 7th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Karen Rivers is an inspiration to me; not only does she write fine and imaginative novels, she does it on [...]

Friend Friday

January 31st, 2020|animals, friends, humor, illustration, midde grade, Uncategorized|

My friend Dana Sullivan has a huge imagination and a huge sense of humor. And he is terrific about supporting [...]

Friend Friday

January 24th, 2020|books, Ground Hogs Day, holidays, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

One of the best laughs in kidlit belongs to the effusive, kind and creative Natasha Wing. All I have to [...]

Friend Friday

January 17th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, research, writing|

Do you remember the old chewing gum commercials: "Two, two, two mints in one?" This Friend Friday is definitely a [...]

Friend Friday

January 10th, 2020|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

How lucky I am to call so many fine writers friends, Frances O'Roark Dowell among them? I first met her [...]

Friend Friday

January 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Christmas surprise from my husband When I opened my gifts on Christmas day, I found this beautiful bracelet wrapped in [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Nadine Poper There’s nothing fishy about Nadine Poper’s newest book, Randall and Randall (Blue Whale Press)! This wonderful picture book [...]