Friend Friday

March 8th, 2019|books, history, picture books, women|

What a treat it is to host Lori Mortensen today, in celebration of her latest picture book, Away with Words: [...]

Friend Friday

March 1st, 2019|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

Hope. What a sweet and delicious concept. Frankly in the past two years, I've needed more than a drop of [...]

Friend Friday

February 23rd, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

I was thrilled when Donna Gephart agreed to share a bit of the process of writing her newest book, In [...]

Friend Friday

February 15th, 2019|books, history, research, writing|

I have huge admiration for fellow Washington writer Mary Cronk Farrell. She always seems to find topics that have been [...]

Friend Friday

February 8th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I am "quackers" about today's guest, Liz Wong, and her work. As a volunteer in my granddaughter's school library, I've [...]

Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not [...]

Friend Friday

January 25th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

In her essay below, my friend Martha Brockenbrough describes her editor, Jean Feiwel, as "fierce." This is the exact word [...]

Friend Friday

January 18th, 2019|inspiration, research, writing|

I first met Michael Spradlin some years back at a wonderful Author Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri, sponsored by the University [...]

Friend Friday

January 11th, 2019|books, friends, Giveaway, reading, writing|

Erica Perl and I bonded over yogurt. Passionfruit, to be precise. Evidently yogurt is quite the predictor of whether two [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2018|books, friends, memories, reading, writing|

Behind Dan Richards' mild mannered appearance lurks a superhero; or at least, he was dressed in a superhero costume one [...]

Friend Friday

December 21st, 2018|family, friends, writing|

Given the title of her book, it seems quite appropriate that Yamile Saied Mendez and I met in Vermont when [...]

Friend Friday

December 14th, 2018|family, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

This summer, at the International Literacy Association conference, I had the privilege of hearing Jane O'Reilly accept an award for [...]

Friend Friday

December 7th, 2018|friends, humor, illustration, inspiration, Uncategorized|

It is a sheer delight to host a longtime friend, Kaelen Felix, today, along with Allistar Banks, the author of [...]

Friend Friday

November 30th, 2018|family, gratitude, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Katherine Marsh holds a dear spot in my heart for saying something incredibly encouraging to me, just at the time [...]

Friend Friday

November 23rd, 2018|history, inspiration, picture books, writing|

This summer, I participated in the International Literacy Association (ILA) conference, which was a fabulous experience. Topping the list of [...]

Friend Friday

November 16th, 2018|books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I had the pleasure of sharing a luncheon table with Juana Martinez-Neal at the International Literacy Association conference in July. [...]

Friend Friday

November 9th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

In July, I was honored to present at the International Literacy Association conference and even more honored to find myself [...]

Friend Friday

November 2nd, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books|

I reconnected with Carolyn Dee Flores at the International Literacy Association conference this past summer. She was bubbling with excitement [...]

Friend Friday

October 26th, 2018|books, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I met Roxanne Lambie at a reading association conference in El Paso, if I remember correctly. She was at a [...]

Friend Friday

October 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, inspiration, picture books|

Suzanne has the warmest smile and biggest heart and it is an honor to know her. Her newest book, All [...]