Friend Friday

January 24th, 2020|books, Ground Hogs Day, holidays, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

One of the best laughs in kidlit belongs to the effusive, kind and creative Natasha Wing. All I have to do is think of her and I begin to smile! [...]

Friend Friday

January 17th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, research, writing|

Do you remember the old chewing gum commercials: "Two, two, two mints in one?" This Friend Friday is definitely a DoubleMint day! I met fellow dog-lover Ginger Wadsworth at the [...]

Friend Friday

January 10th, 2020|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

How lucky I am to call so many fine writers friends, Frances O'Roark Dowell among them? I first met her through her wonderful book, Chicken Boy (Atheneum Books for Young [...]

Friend Friday

December 20th, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is a complete delight to host local author, Sara Nickerson, today to celebrate her newest novel, Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club (Dutton Children's Books). Her character driven stories [...]

Friend Friday

December 13th, 2019|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Today's Friend Friday friend, Lydia Lukidis, reminds us all of the power of persistence and of believing in one's work. Though the road to publication for No Bears Allowed (Blue [...]

Friend Friday

December 6th, 2019|books, reading, writing|

It's not often that I can say of a Friend Friday that I've known them since they were in grade school -- but I can absolutely say that about Erin [...]

Friend Friday

November 29th, 2019|books, family, illustration, picture books|

It is a treat to host Tamara Ellis Smith today in celebration of her newest picture book, Here and There, illustrated by Evelyn Daviddi (Barefoot Books). If you visit Tamara's [...]

Friend Friday

November 22nd, 2019|books, family, history, research, writing|

I confess to not remembering how Sarah Miller and I first met face-to-face, but I knew we would be pals after reading her Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller (Atheneum Books [...]

Friend Friday

November 15th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, reading, writing|

Nancy Furstinger is a very patient person. In January 2019, I invited her to be a Friend Friday guest to celebrate her then-forthcoming picture book. The catch was that I [...]

Friend Friday

November 8th, 2019|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Isn't it amazing how some books and characters make indelible impressions on us? I can't recall when I first met Ramona, but I will to my dying day never forget [...]