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 [...]

Friend Friday

February 21st, 2020|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host the talented Lori Mortensen today in celebration of her latest book, Nonsense: The Curious Story of Edward Gorey (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt illustrated by Chloe Bristol). [...]

Friend Friday

January 31st, 2020|animals, friends, humor, illustration, midde grade, Uncategorized|

My friend Dana Sullivan has a huge imagination and a huge sense of humor. And he is terrific about supporting other book creators. So it gives me great pleasure to [...]

Friend Friday

January 24th, 2020|books, Ground Hogs Day, holidays, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

One of the best laughs in kidlit belongs to the effusive, kind and creative Natasha Wing. All I have to do is think of her and I begin to smile! [...]