Friend Friday

August 28th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

I first "met" Gennifer Choldenko through her wonderful middle grade novel Notes From a Liar and Her Dog many years ago. Since then, I've been fortunate -- blessed!-- to share [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start a trend? Nancy B. Kennedy's outfit not only evokes the [...]

Friend Friday

July 24th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

There are so many things I love about Amanda Abler's essay below, but I think my favorite part has to do with an insight she had about nonfiction (I won't [...]

Friend Friday

July 10th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

Trudi Trueit does something so important with her Explorer Academy series. She certainly tells a good story, highlights fascinating discoveries and people and brings far-away places to our very own [...]

Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As you will discover below, she did not quit when a [...]

Friend Friday

June 26th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, research, writing|

There are not many Friend Friday guests with whom I have wrestled a scorpion, but Sara Fujimura is among that select group. I met Sara in the Arizona desert some [...]

Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little extra happy skip when the book in the spotlight is [...]

Friend Friday

January 17th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, research, writing|

Do you remember the old chewing gum commercials: "Two, two, two mints in one?" This Friend Friday is definitely a DoubleMint day! I met fellow dog-lover Ginger Wadsworth at the [...]

Friend Friday

January 10th, 2020|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

How lucky I am to call so many fine writers friends, Frances O'Roark Dowell among them? I first met her through her wonderful book, Chicken Boy (Atheneum Books for Young [...]

Friend Friday

November 22nd, 2019|books, family, history, research, writing|

I confess to not remembering how Sarah Miller and I first met face-to-face, but I knew we would be pals after reading her Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller (Atheneum Books [...]