Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not only prolific, but she creates such a wide variety of [...]

Friend Friday

January 25th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

In her essay below, my friend Martha Brockenbrough describes her editor, Jean Feiwel, as "fierce." This is the exact word I would use to describe Martha herself: fiercely kind, fiercely [...]

Friend Friday

January 11th, 2019|books, friends, Giveaway, reading, writing|

Erica Perl and I bonded over yogurt. Passionfruit, to be precise. Evidently yogurt is quite the predictor of whether two book creators will be copacetic as we have been good [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2018|books, friends, memories, reading, writing|

Behind Dan Richards' mild mannered appearance lurks a superhero; or at least, he was dressed in a superhero costume one of the first times we met at the International SCBWI [...]

Friend Friday

November 16th, 2018|books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I had the pleasure of sharing a luncheon table with Juana Martinez-Neal at the International Literacy Association conference in July. I so wish we would have had more time to [...]

Friend Friday

November 9th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

In July, I was honored to present at the International Literacy Association conference and even more honored to find myself signing books at a table next to Adib Khorram. Though [...]

Friend Friday

November 2nd, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books|

I reconnected with Carolyn Dee Flores at the International Literacy Association conference this past summer. She was bubbling with excitement over her forthcoming book, The Amazing Watercolor Fish (Arte Publico/Pinata [...]

Friend Friday

October 26th, 2018|books, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I met Roxanne Lambie at a reading association conference in El Paso, if I remember correctly. She was at a table with her first book, Quantum (Clean Reads) and I [...]

Friend Friday

October 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, inspiration, picture books|

Suzanne has the warmest smile and biggest heart and it is an honor to know her. Her newest book, All Are Welcome, (Penguin Random House) is illustrated by Suzanne, with [...]

Friend Friday

October 12th, 2018|books, environment, inspiration, reading, writing|

Though I love to read nonfiction, I am almost more fascinated by why its writers choose the topics that they choose. That is why I am especially grateful that Loree [...]