Friend Friday

July 5th, 2019|books, family, history, inspiration, memories, writing|

It is such an honor to host acclaimed author Lesléa Newman today, and I think the timing is absolutely perfect, [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names [...]

Friend Friday

June 28th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

I am so grateful to all the friends who share the story behind their books here at Friend Friday. But [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

June 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anaïs Nin

Friend Friday

June 21st, 2019|books, Giveaway, inspiration, writing|

The community of children's book creators continues to inspire me with the many ways they demonstrate empathy and generosity. Padma [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

"Perhaps it is just as well to be rash and foolish for a while. If writers were too wise, perhaps [...]

Friend Friday

June 14th, 2019|animals, books, Giveaway, illustration, Love, writing|

As a Leo and a firstborn, I can be a bit bossy at times. I even remember bossing today's guest, [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

June 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“Write about the emotions you fear the most.” —Laurie Halse Anderson

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, [...]