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

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they knew that three squeezes when holding hands meant "I love [...]

Friend Friday

January 5th, 2018|poetry, writing|

I am so pleased to start the New Year of Friend Friday with a brand-new friend, David Jacobson, who shares my interest in things Japanese. Are You an Echo?, narrative [...]

Friend Friday

December 8th, 2017|animals, poetry|

What a treat it is today to host not one but two wonderful writing friends! The dynamic duo of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have re-energized the poetry genre in [...]

Friend Friday

December 31st, 2016|Creativity, poetry|

I can't think of a more fitting way to ring in the new year than with the words and thoughts of Nikki Grimes. She and I have never met but [...]

Friend Friday

February 19th, 2016|animals, poetry|

I adore Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and I adore birds so imagine my delight, walking the exhibition hall at ALA midwinter, when I discovered Amy's new book is about birds! Even more [...]

Tuesday’s Day Poem

September 8th, 2015|Day Poem, poetry|

(this was inspired by emptying my suitcase this morning after spending the long weekend in Santa Cruz with our kids and their families, celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary) Here is what [...]

Diving into the deep end

September 1st, 2015|Creativity, poetry|

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but I've been quiet this summer. Hard to blog when a son gets married, parents celebrate a 62nd wedding anniversary, a granddaughter turns three, book deadlines loom [...]

Friend Friday on a Monday

May 4th, 2015|Creativity, poetry|

I have so many writer friends and not enough Fridays so this special guest post from one of my favorite poets, Laura Purdie Salas is running today. I met Laura [...]

Friend Friday

March 27th, 2015|poetry, writing|

I just love the cyberworld of kid's lit! While I do not personally know Jennifer Wolf Kam, today's Friend Friday guest, all it took was a reaching out via Twitter [...]