Friend Friday

January 19th, 2018|Creativity, Teachers|

I have admired Debbie Gonzales since our first meeting in Austin, where she handled a tricky situation with such grace and charm I wanted to nominate her for an ambassadorship [...]

Friend Friday

January 12th, 2018|Creativity, writing|

By reading Kerri Kokias' engaging website (check it out here), I discovered that she has held many jobs, from nanny to ice cream server to social science researcher. For the [...]

Friend Friday

December 29th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

The kind-hearted and patient Sarah Aronson is my guest today. "Kind-hearted" is evident if you've spent five minutes with her or with her books; "patient" refers to the fact that [...]

Friend Friday

July 14th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

My dear, dear friend and amazing illustrator, Kary Lee, thought I should know Annette Pimentel and so she cyber-introduced us. Annette also shares a passion for historical fiction and I [...]

Friend Friday

June 30th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

What is not to love about Debbi Michiko Florence, a writer with a bunny, two ducks and the most adorable puppy ever? (please don't tell Winston I said that!). And to [...]

Friend Friday

June 2nd, 2017|animals, Creativity|

I am delighted to host Melissa Stewart today in celebration of her newest book, Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books ). She is the author of [...]

Friend Friday

March 31st, 2017|Creativity, writing|

I met Paddy Eger when she attended a writing seminar I used to offer in my home, ten years or so ago. Paddy is definitely a good writer and, almost [...]

Friend Friday

January 13th, 2017|Creativity, inspiration|

Augusta Scattergood (Glory Be, Making Friends with Billy Wong) emailed me awhile back, raving about a friend's new book. "It's sooo good," she said. Well, if Augusta recommends something, that's the [...]

Friend Friday

January 6th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

What an honor to host H.M. Bouwman today! Her book, A Crack in the Sea, (G.P. Putnam and Sons Books for Young Readers) just came out on Tuesday, and it is [...]

Friend Friday

December 31st, 2016|Creativity, poetry|

I can't think of a more fitting way to ring in the new year than with the words and thoughts of Nikki Grimes. She and I have never met but [...]