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 12th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I have a strong memory of being sent a Linda Oatman High book or two by my editor when I was first published at Holiday House, as examples of what [...]

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

January 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

It is my huge honor and delight to host Newbery Honor award winner, Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai). Margi and I clearly share a passion for historical fiction, and [...]

Friend Friday

January 15th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Friendships begin in many ways; mine with Barbara O'Connor started with a fan letter sent in response to one of Barbara's books (NOT Greetings from Nowhere, where the bully is [...]

Friend Friday

January 8th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, writing|

Not many of my Friend Friday guests have run away to join the circus, but Lisa Robinson has! Well, perhaps she didn't exactly run away, but click here to be [...]

Friend Friday

December 18th, 2020|inspiration, picture books, poetry, writing|

I have been the beneficiary of many touching acts of kindness and one of my most cherished was gifted me by today's Friend Friday guest, Irene Latham. She has a [...]

Friend Friday

December 11th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I'm grateful to recent Friend Friday guest, Margo Sorenson, for introducing me to Bonnie Graves, fellow historical fiction lover. As Bonnie shares below, historical fiction gives us great tools for [...]