Happy Book Birthday to Me!

January 31st, 2017|gratitude, history|

Get out your party hats and horns! Today is the book birthday of the second of the Audacity Jones' books: Audacity Jones Steals The Show (Scholastic). In her first adventure (Audacity Jones [...]

Friend Friday

January 27th, 2017|gratitude, inspiration, Uncategorized|

Nanci Turner Steveson is a repeat Friend Friday essayist. Her new book, Georgia Rules (Harper Collins) is not out for a few more months (don't worry; I'll remind you closer [...]

School Visits!

January 22nd, 2017|friends, gratitude|

I have spent three days this week in the amazing CyFair school district, and will spend five more days next week. I am so grateful for the warm welcome and [...]

Friend Friday

December 23rd, 2016|friends, gratitude|

(For most of this month, I have been celebrating readers, rather than writers. Enjoy this little diversion and then stop back on December 30 for an inspirational post from the [...]

Friend Friday

December 9th, 2016|gratitude, inspiration|

This regular blog feature is celebrating readers, instead of writers, most of this month (check back on December 30 for an amazing post from Nikki Grimes)! I hope you read [...]

Book Birthday!

October 11th, 2016|books, gratitude|

Today is the book birthday for Liberty -- hooray! Writing Liberty was like wrassling alligators in a vat of gumbo. My creative process is always messy but it was downright discouraging as [...]

Friend Friday

July 29th, 2016|Creativity, gratitude|

I have waited FOREVER to host the talented, big-hearted, talented, fun-loving, talented, thoughtful Jaime Temairik. She is one of those illustrators who really gets a story and her art is [...]

Throwback Thursday

July 14th, 2016|family, gratitude|

Thirty four years ago, this charmer entered our lives and now she's the mom to two darling daughters herself! Her first grade passion for chapter books led me to write [...]

Friend Friday

July 8th, 2016|gratitude, history, Uncategorized|

One of my earliest memories is of my dad inviting me to watch "an exciting show about Pirates and Giants." I eagerly climbed up on the sofa next to him. [...]

Friend Friday

November 27th, 2015|Creativity, gratitude|

This is a week for being thankful and I am especially thankful that I can count the talented Laurel Snyder among my friends. We've shared meals and woes and joys [...]