Friend Friday

September 17th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

What a pleasure to celebrate author/illustrator Don Tate today! The experiences he shares below remind me a bit of the cruel experiments that inspired Gennifer Choldenko's Orphan Eleven, where kids [...]

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September 3rd, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

Laurie Wallmark poses an intriguing question in today's essay. I wonder how other book creators might answer it? While I wouldn't describe my passion for historical fiction a rut, I've [...]

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August 20th, 2021|history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first "met" Sarah Miller through her fabulous Miss Spitfire; Voya says "Miller brings history to life," and that is no exaggeration. Her work always adds something fresh, especially to [...]

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July 2nd, 2021|history, inspiration, women, writing|

I discovered Eden Royce's Root Magic (HarperCollins Publishers) through a cover reveal on a favorite blog, the Nerdy Book Club. The cover was evocative, as was the book's description, which [...]

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May 7th, 2021|animals, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

It is so much fun to celebrate my fellow book creators and especially so when they're practically neighbors. Kerri Kokias' story-behind-the-story of Clever Hans is proof positive that writing for [...]

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April 23rd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Little did I know that, when my then-sixth-grade daughter introduced me to Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, my path would intertwine with Karen’s in lovely ways. (Exciting news: Lena Dunham is [...]

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April 16th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I belong to a middle grade book club and last winter, when it was my turn to select a book, my choice was Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Holiday House). [...]

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April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see a world where I absolutely have her on speed-dial whenever [...]

Friend Friday

March 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Generally, I write an introduction here which shares my connection with my Friend Friday guest. Today that is Jeff Gottesfeld, the author of TWENTY-ONE STEPS: GUARDING THE TOMB OF THE [...]

Friend Friday

March 19th, 2021|books, friends, history, inspiration, women, writing|

Sometimes fortune does favor the bold! I was very bold in reaching out to a writer whose work I have long admired with an invitation to be my Friend Friday [...]