Friend Friday

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

Susan Kusel I have many jobs related to books; I’m a librarian, a book buyer for a bookstore and have served on many book award committees.  Now I have one [...]

Friend Friday

February 19th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

In this dark and cold (and for some people, incredibly snowy!) time, it's such a treat to host Amalia Hoffman, who brings vibrancy and color to the world through her [...]

Friend Friday

February 5th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Who hasn't felt overwhelmed by emotions this past year? Toni Yuly has created a sweet character with whom we can all identify in that regard. I so appreciate the glimpse [...]

Friend Friday

January 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Sometimes I chat with folks outside the kid lit world who think because picture books are so short that they are easy to write. I personally think they are the [...]

Friend Friday

December 4th, 2020|books, humor, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

Okay; I'm going to admit that I am completely jealous that Margo Sorenson was voted "Walking Dictionary" in 9th grade. Who wouldn't want to have every word at her/his/their command [...]

Friend Friday

November 20th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I love it when my friends help me make new friends! Thank you Dana Sullivan for connecting me with Susan Novich. And thank you Susan for sharing your book creation [...]

Friend Friday

October 30th, 2020|books, fantasy, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

My sweet friend Helen Ketteman and I have known each other longer than dirt's been around. In our early writing careers, we were part of a magical group called The [...]

Friend Friday

October 16th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, picture books, women|

What a joy to make the acquaintance of Jennifer Ward, a fellow bird lover. As a complete amateur, I am in awe of Jennifer's knowledge and how she shares it [...]

Friend Friday

October 2nd, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, writing|

A few years back, I was chatting with Varian Johnson after a long day of conference presentations. He was debating leaving his day job to write full time. He had [...]

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 [...]