Friend Friday

August 16th, 2019|books, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

It takes a lot of courage to face the blank page to create a story. And it takes an inordinate amount of courage, as Karol Ruth Silverstein has done, to [...]

Friend Friday

August 9th, 2019|books, inspiration, writing|

It is a delight to shine the spotlight on Lisa Kline and her latest book, One Week of You (Blue Crow Publishing). I know you will be as intrigued as [...]

Friend Friday

July 5th, 2019|books, family, history, inspiration, memories, writing|

It is such an honor to host acclaimed author Lesléa Newman today, and I think the timing is absolutely perfect, given the topic of her newest book. I had the [...]

Friend Friday

June 28th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

I am so grateful to all the friends who share the story behind their books here at Friend Friday. But some book creators I am extra grateful for because of [...]

Friend Friday

June 21st, 2019|books, Giveaway, inspiration, writing|

The community of children's book creators continues to inspire me with the many ways they demonstrate empathy and generosity. Padma Venkatraman so deeply respected the stories that struggling children had [...]

Friend Friday

May 17th, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

When it comes to friends, it's hard to think of a dearer one than Ann Whitford Paul. Ann is the reason I am a writer and how lucky I am [...]

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April 19th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I am impatiently waiting for the "Beam Me Up, Scotty" form of transportation so that I might easily have coffee on occasion with some of my favorite kidlit people, like [...]

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April 5th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, picture books, research|

Why is it that some people -- like me -- merely open that package of ramen and add hot water and other people -- like Andrea Wang-- will stop to [...]

Friend Friday

March 1st, 2019|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

Hope. What a sweet and delicious concept. Frankly in the past two years, I've needed more than a drop of it. So when I was invited to read Keith Calabrese's [...]

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February 23rd, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

I was thrilled when Donna Gephart agreed to share a bit of the process of writing her newest book, In Your Shoes (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) and even more [...]