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 [...]

Friend Friday

June 7th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

It is an honor to host Irene Latham today. I first met her through her wonderful novel, Leaving Gee's Bend, a book I coincidentally read after seeing some quilts made [...]

Friend Friday

May 31st, 2019|animals, books, reading, research, writing|

The very funny and lovely Erica S. Perl and I bonded over yogurt, specifically Chobani Passionfruit. Since that initial meeting, we've found hundreds of more things in common, especially a [...]

Friend Friday

May 24th, 2019|books, humor, illustration, picture books, reading|

In addition to being an incredibly talented book creator, Dana Sullivan is also a great dancer. We cemented our friendship on the dance floor several summers back at the International [...]

Friend Friday

May 17th, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

When it comes to friends, it's hard to think of a dearer one than Ann Whitford Paul. Ann is the reason I am a writer and how lucky I am [...]

Friend Friday

May 10th, 2019|books, reading, writing|

Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot believe our luck, Dear Readers: the very busy and in-great-demand Lynda Mullaly Hunt has graciously agreed to visit us for Friend Friday. I have been [...]

Friend Friday

April 26th, 2019|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I love learning new things and I've found children's books a rich resource for providing glimpses into times, places and people I hadn't been previously aware of. Today, Friend Friday [...]

Friend Friday

April 19th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I am impatiently waiting for the "Beam Me Up, Scotty" form of transportation so that I might easily have coffee on occasion with some of my favorite kidlit people, like [...]

Friend Friday

March 29th, 2019|animals, books, reading|

Cindy Lord is one of my Silver Sisters (along with Jennifer Holm). The three of us shared Newbery Honor awards in 2007 and have been friends ever since. I honestly [...]