Friend Friday

February 8th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I am "quackers" about today's guest, Liz Wong, and her work. As a volunteer in my granddaughter's school library, I've noticed that Liz's first picture book (Quackers/Knopf) is one that [...]

Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not only prolific, but she creates such a wide variety of [...]

Friend Friday

January 18th, 2019|inspiration, research, writing|

I first met Michael Spradlin some years back at a wonderful Author Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri, sponsored by the University of Central Missouri. Though he was an old hand at [...]

Friend Friday

December 14th, 2018|family, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

This summer, at the International Literacy Association conference, I had the privilege of hearing Jane O'Reilly accept an award for her novel, The Notations of Cooper CameronĀ (CarolRhoda Books). I was [...]

Friend Friday

December 7th, 2018|friends, humor, illustration, inspiration, Uncategorized|

It is a sheer delight to host a longtime friend, Kaelen Felix, today, along with Allistar Banks, the author of the book Kaelen illustrated. I "met" Kaelen through email years [...]

Friend Friday

November 30th, 2018|family, gratitude, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Katherine Marsh holds a dear spot in my heart for saying something incredibly encouraging to me, just at the time I truly needed to hear it. That she is generous [...]

Friend Friday

November 23rd, 2018|history, inspiration, picture books, writing|

This summer, I participated in the International Literacy Association (ILA) conference, which was a fabulous experience. Topping the list of highlights was meeting three authors, all of whom graciously agreed [...]

Friend Friday

November 16th, 2018|books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I had the pleasure of sharing a luncheon table with Juana Martinez-Neal at the International Literacy Association conference in July. I so wish we would have had more time to [...]

Friend Friday

November 9th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

In July, I was honored to present at the International Literacy Association conference and even more honored to find myself signing books at a table next to Adib Khorram. Though [...]

Friend Friday

November 2nd, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books|

I reconnected with Carolyn Dee Flores at the International Literacy Association conference this past summer. She was bubbling with excitement over her forthcoming book, The Amazing Watercolor Fish (Arte Publico/Pinata [...]