Friend Friday

January 24th, 2020|books, Ground Hogs Day, holidays, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

One of the best laughs in kidlit belongs to the effusive, kind and creative Natasha Wing. All I have to do is think of her and I begin to smile! [...]

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

October 18th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I met J. Albert Mann when I was a guest lecturer at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program for Writing for Children and Young Adults. We instantly bonded [...]

Friend Friday

September 20th, 2019|history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

What an honor to host Caroline Starr Rose, who shares my passion for bringing stories (and people!) of the past to life for today's readers. And her experience writing her [...]

Friend Friday

September 13th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

A big shout out to Dana Sullivan for introducing me to the work of Julie Hampton. I was thrilled when Julie agreed to be my Friend Friday because illustrators are [...]

Friend Friday

July 26th, 2019|history, picture books, research, Uncategorized, women|

After being a fan for years, I had the pleasure of meeting -- and sharing a VRBO with!-- Marissa Moss at the Texas Library Association Conference this past spring. I [...]

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 12th, 2019|books, history, women, writing, Young Adult|

It's so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when I was a newbie writer at my first conference, a [...]

Friend Friday

March 8th, 2019|books, history, picture books, women|

What a treat it is to host Lori Mortensen today, in celebration of her latest picture book, Away with Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell [...]

Friend Friday

September 28th, 2018|books, family, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

I had the pleasure of being with Diana Noble at a conference recently. We hit it right off and she didn't mind my asking a favor at our very first [...]