Friend Friday

December 6th, 2019|books, reading, writing|

It's not often that I can say of a Friend Friday that I've known them since they were in grade school -- but I can absolutely say that about Erin [...]

Friend Friday

November 15th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, reading, writing|

Nancy Furstinger is a very patient person. In January 2019, I invited her to be a Friend Friday guest to celebrate her then-forthcoming picture book. The catch was that I [...]

Friend Friday

November 8th, 2019|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Isn't it amazing how some books and characters make indelible impressions on us? I can't recall when I first met Ramona, but I will to my dying day never forget [...]

Friend Friday

November 1st, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is my honor to host Varsha Bajaj today, as she shares about the genesis of her latest novel, Count Me In (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group). Varsha's essay below [...]

Friend Friday

October 11th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am a huge Deborah Heiligman fan. In fact, we "met" when I sent her a fan letter after reading Charles and Emma, a book that completely enchanted and educated [...]

Friend Friday

October 4th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Any friend of Jane Kurtz' is a friend of mine and, as you'll find out from today's guest Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Jane is not only her friend, but partner in [...]

Friend Friday

September 27th, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Before I had the fortune and pleasure to meet her in person, I met Donna Gephart through the wonderful Death by Toilet Paper, and was impressed by her keen eye [...]

Friend Friday

August 23rd, 2019|books, humor, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

It is a sheer pleasure to host Dan Richards today, in celebration of a slew of new books. I love that he's taken time to reflect on what his writing [...]

Friend Friday

August 3rd, 2019|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

There are two things I love about Lisa Robinson's story below. The first is that she saw a need in children's literature and got the idea to fill that need. [...]

Friend Friday

July 12th, 2019|midde grade, reading, writing|

Today's special guest may be about the nicest person in the kid lit world. Laurie Ann Thompson always has a smile, encouraging word or wry joke to brighten even the [...]