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 [...]

Friend Friday

November 1st, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is my honor to host Varsha Bajaj today, as she shares about the genesis of her latest novel, Count Me In (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group). Varsha's essay below [...]

Friend Friday

October 25th, 2019|books, family, friends, writing|

All I have to do is think of Elly Swartz and I smile. She is one of those people who radiates joy. And hopefulness. And I love her even though [...]

Friend Friday

October 18th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I met J. Albert Mann when I was a guest lecturer at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program for Writing for Children and Young Adults. We instantly bonded [...]

Friend Friday

October 11th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am a huge Deborah Heiligman fan. In fact, we "met" when I sent her a fan letter after reading Charles and Emma, a book that completely enchanted and educated [...]