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August 16th, 2019|books, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

It takes a lot of courage to face the blank page to create a story. And it takes an inordinate amount of courage, as Karol Ruth Silverstein has done, to [...]

Friend Friday

August 9th, 2019|books, inspiration, writing|

It is a delight to shine the spotlight on Lisa Kline and her latest book, One Week of You (Blue Crow Publishing). I know you will be as intrigued as [...]

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August 3rd, 2019|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

There are two things I love about Lisa Robinson's story below. The first is that she saw a need in children's literature and got the idea to fill that need. [...]

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July 19th, 2019|books, Giveaway, history, illustration, Love, picture books|

What a pleasure it is to once again host Nancy Churnin here at Friend Friday. Today we are celebrating her newest picture book, Martin and Anne: The Kindred Spirits of [...]

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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, given the topic of her newest book. I had the [...]

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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 some book creators I am extra grateful for because of [...]

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 Venkatraman so deeply respected the stories that struggling children had [...]

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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, Kevan Atteberry, around at an SCBWI International conference. He had [...]

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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, a book I coincidentally read after seeing some quilts made [...]

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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, we've found hundreds of more things in common, especially a [...]