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 10th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I so appreciate Suzanne Kaufman for many reasons, two of which are her perseverance with getting this post to me despite the cyber-imps working overtime to keep it from happening, [...]

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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 13th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, museums, picture books, women|

Sometimes you just got to go for it! And that's what I did when I summoned my courage to email a literary hero of mine, Lynne Rae Perkins to invite [...]

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July 16th, 2021|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh, I wish I had known Carolyn Crimi's secret when I read her delightful novel, Second-Hand Dogs (Balzer+Bray); it would have made reading the book all that much more enjoyable. [...]

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June 25th, 2021|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I regret that Hannah Hall is (as of yet) only a cyber-friend as I know she and I would be able to sit long into the night over cooling mugs [...]

Friend Friday

June 4th, 2021|books, illustration, picture books, research, women, writing|

I am so pleased that Danielle Joseph took time to visit with us today to share a bit of the story behind the story of her new picture book, I [...]

Friend Friday

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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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 12th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

Suzanne Slade studied mechanical engineering and worked in the field -- on car brakes and rockets-- after getting her degree. But she eventually returned to her first passion: writing. (Visit [...]