Friend Friday

April 13th, 2018|animals, Creativity, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

It is such a pleasure to host Dan Gemeinhart today; after all, we are practically neighbors, with only a tiny mountain range separating us in Washington state. Dan and I [...]

Friend Friday

April 6th, 2018|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Dori Hillestad Butler may have been sad to leave her Iowa home and friends but we in the Pacific Northwest have certainly been enriched by her change of address! In [...]

Friend Friday

March 23rd, 2018|humor, illustration, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized|

I am so honored to call Dana Sullivan a friend. His irrepressible humor and good-naturedness not only make him a great guy to be around, they make him a great [...]

Friend Friday

March 16th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

I predict that The Creativity Project (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) will be a hit with classroom teachers. Colby Sharp, an avid literacy advocate, gathered together more than forty beloved, [...]

Friend Friday

February 16th, 2018|history, inspiration|

Sometimes the stories we are meant to tell take us out of our comfort zones. That was certainly the case for Darcey Rosenblatt as she was nudged to write what [...]

Friend Friday

October 6th, 2017|animals, inspiration|

Though Eddie Ellis and I have never met, any dog lover is a friend of mine! This is what Kirkus had to say about his book, Good Boy, Achilles! (published by [...]

Friend Friday

September 29th, 2017|inspiration, Uncategorized, writing|

There are so many kind and generous people in the kidlit community, and I would say Caroline Starr Rose is near the top of the list. She is so self-effacing [...]

Friend Friday

September 22nd, 2017|inspiration, writing|

Today the spotlight shines on Jenny Lundquist, who recently shared with me that she'd been in the audience when I keynoted at an SCBWI conference in Davis, CA. Jenny wrote, "I [...]

Friend Friday

August 25th, 2017|inspiration, writing|

I met Anica Mrose Rissi in line at a car rental counter. Okay, we had arranged to meet there, because she had kindly offered to drive me from the Detroit [...]

Friend Friday

August 18th, 2017|inspiration, writing|

It has been such a pleasure to get better acquainted with Melissa Roske, today's guest. Unfortunately, most of that acquainting has been through social media; I know our paths will [...]