Friend Friday

July 16th, 2021|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh, I wish I had known Carolyn Crimi's secret when I read her delightful novel, Second-Hand Dogs (Balzer+Bray); it would have made reading the book all that much more enjoyable. [...]

Friend Friday

May 21st, 2021|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I adore Irene Latham and not just because she included a poem inspired by Hattie Big Sky in her collaboration with Charles Waters, Dictionary for a Better World, illustrated by [...]

Friend Friday

May 7th, 2021|animals, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

It is so much fun to celebrate my fellow book creators and especially so when they're practically neighbors. Kerri Kokias' story-behind-the-story of Clever Hans is proof positive that writing for [...]

Friend Friday

October 16th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, picture books, women|

What a joy to make the acquaintance of Jennifer Ward, a fellow bird lover. As a complete amateur, I am in awe of Jennifer's knowledge and how she shares it [...]

Friend Friday

August 28th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

I first "met" Gennifer Choldenko through her wonderful middle grade novel Notes From a Liar and Her Dog many years ago. Since then, I've been fortunate -- blessed!-- to share [...]

Friend Friday

July 24th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

There are so many things I love about Amanda Abler's essay below, but I think my favorite part has to do with an insight she had about nonfiction (I won't [...]

Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine share the poignant story behind the story [...]

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 in Missouri and Kaelen’s mom drove her a long way [...]

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 this writing business for a long, long time (back to [...]

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 other book creators. So it gives me great pleasure to [...]