Friend Friday

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they knew that three squeezes when holding hands meant "I love [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so generous, she not only gave me that ride some years [...]

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

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words today seem perfectly timed and I am grateful for the [...]

Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine share the poignant story behind the story [...]

Friend Friday

May 15th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host Robert Pizzo today in celebration of his newest books, Let's Fix Up the House and Let's Fix Up the Yard (Schiffer Publishing). As a grandma [...]

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

April 10th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, writing|

Just looking at Amalia Hoffman's author photo lifts my spirits! I think we are all hungry for the bright and cheerful these days. That makes it especially delightful to host [...]

Friend Friday

April 3rd, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Kjersten Hayes is the kind of person you can count on for a smile or a sunny perspective on a not-so-sunny situation. While I am crushed for her that someone [...]

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 [...]