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 [...]

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 [...]