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 in 2007 and have been friends ever since. I honestly [...]

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 host B.J. Lee today in celebration of her picture book, [...]

Friend Friday

October 6th, 2018|animals, books, illustration, reading|

What a treat it is to host a fellow dog-lover! I think I may have met Wendy Wahman through her delightful, Don't Lick the Dog, before I actually met her, [...]

Winston Writes

August 15th, 2018|animals, writing|

She gets all the credit but I do all the hard work, digging through old newspapers and archives. I guess that's why I'm this writer's best friend. But it doesn't [...]

Winston Writes

August 8th, 2018|animals, writing|

This is my face when my writer asks my opinion about her first draft. I know honesty is the best paw-licy. But honesty may impact how many treats I get. [...]

Winston Writes

August 1st, 2018|animals, picture books|

There's only one thing wrong with this book. I didn't write it. But dogs have such a hard time getting published these days. Arf-fully good job by Elise Broach and [...]

Friend Friday

April 13th, 2018|animals, Creativity, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

It is such a pleasure to host Dan Gemeinhart today; after all, we are practically neighbors, with only a tiny mountain range separating us in Washington state. Dan and I [...]

Friend Friday

March 2nd, 2018|animals, books, reading, Teachers, Uncategorized, writing|

Serendipitously, Laura Purdie Salas and I were seated next to one another at a Golden Kite luncheon a few years back. Though we'd just met, I cheered loudly for her [...]

Friend Friday

December 8th, 2017|animals, poetry|

What a treat it is today to host not one but two wonderful writing friends! The dynamic duo of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have re-energized the poetry genre in [...]

Friend Friday

December 1st, 2017|animals, writing|

To say I am grateful to count Brenda Guiberson as a friend is an understatement. Brenda has been a mentor and confident and encourager for me for a long, long [...]