Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start a trend? Nancy B. Kennedy's outfit not only evokes the [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of a new book and I boldly contact the author, asking [...]

Friend Friday

July 10th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

Trudi Trueit does something so important with her Explorer Academy series. She certainly tells a good story, highlights fascinating discoveries and people and brings far-away places to our very own [...]

Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As you will discover below, she did not quit when a [...]

Friend Friday

June 5th, 2020|books, history, women, writing|

What a genuine honor and pleasure it is to count Laurie Ann Thompson as a friend and to celebrate her newest book, Elizabeth Warren's Big, Bold Plans, illustrated by Susanna [...]

Friend Friday

April 17th, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

On her blog, Beth Anderson describes writing as "mining" -- from digging deep to find little-told stories to digging deep to find the heart of a story once she's ready [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Friend Friday

September 20th, 2019|history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

What an honor to host Caroline Starr Rose, who shares my passion for bringing stories (and people!) of the past to life for today's readers. And her experience writing her [...]