Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little extra happy skip when the book in the spotlight is [...]

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

February 28th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

I can't remember when I first attended the Humboldt County Author's Festival, held every other year in Eureka, California but it is one of my favorite book-related events. Not only [...]

Friend Friday

February 21st, 2020|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host the talented Lori Mortensen today in celebration of her latest book, Nonsense: The Curious Story of Edward Gorey (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt illustrated by Chloe Bristol). [...]

Friend Friday

February 14th, 2020|books, gratitude, Love, reading|

Three of my all-time favorite books have been written by one author: Susan Hill Long. I first met Sue through her historical novel, Whistle in the Dark, which I devoured [...]

Friend Friday

February 7th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Karen Rivers is an inspiration to me; not only does she write fine and imaginative novels, she does it on a nearly yearly basis! I fell in love with her [...]

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 [...]