Friend Friday

April 30th, 2021|books, environment, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

While I love supporting all of my book creator friends, it's always particularly wonderful when those friends, like Ellie Peterson, live in the Pacific Northwest. As a STEM educator AND [...]

Friend Friday

April 23rd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Little did I know that, when my then-sixth-grade daughter introduced me to Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, my path would intertwine with Karen’s in lovely ways. (Exciting news: Lena Dunham is [...]

Friend Friday

April 16th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I belong to a middle grade book club and last winter, when it was my turn to select a book, my choice was Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Holiday House). [...]

Friend Friday

April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see a world where I absolutely have her on speed-dial whenever [...]

Friend Friday

March 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Generally, I write an introduction here which shares my connection with my Friend Friday guest. Today that is Jeff Gottesfeld, the author of TWENTY-ONE STEPS: GUARDING THE TOMB OF THE [...]

Friend Friday

March 19th, 2021|books, friends, history, inspiration, women, writing|

Sometimes fortune does favor the bold! I was very bold in reaching out to a writer whose work I have long admired with an invitation to be my Friend Friday [...]

Friend Friday

March 12th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

Suzanne Slade studied mechanical engineering and worked in the field -- on car brakes and rockets-- after getting her degree. But she eventually returned to her first passion: writing. (Visit [...]

Friend Friday

March 5th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh boy: Alice Kaltman's essay below comes at the perfect time for me. We hear many messages about perseverance (and it certainly is an important trait) but she really has [...]

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 [...]