Friend Friday

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words today seem perfectly timed and I am grateful for the [...]

Friend Friday

May 1st, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am one lucky pup to count Leslie Connor among my friends. I so wish Leslie and I lived nearer one another (though that wouldn't make any difference now, right?!) [...]

Friend Friday

April 24th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

If a heart had fingerprints, you would find evidence of Kim Baker's huge one all over her newest book. (spoiler alert: I'm a huge fan.) While I thoroughly enjoyed my [...]

Friend Friday

April 3rd, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Kjersten Hayes is the kind of person you can count on for a smile or a sunny perspective on a not-so-sunny situation. While I am crushed for her that someone [...]

Friend Friday

February 14th, 2020|books, gratitude, Love, reading|

Three of my all-time favorite books have been written by one author: Susan Hill Long. I first met Sue through her historical novel, Whistle in the Dark, which I devoured [...]

Friend Friday

December 20th, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is a complete delight to host local author, Sara Nickerson, today to celebrate her newest novel, Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club (Dutton Children's Books). Her character driven stories [...]

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 [...]