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 19th, 2020|books, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

What fascinating women Laurie Wallmark has chosen as subjects of her picture book biographies: Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr. Her newest biography also offers insight into another determined woman, [...]

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June 5th, 2020|books, history, women, writing|

What a genuine honor and pleasure it is to count Laurie Ann Thompson as a friend and to celebrate her newest book, Elizabeth Warren's Big, Bold Plans, illustrated by Susanna [...]

Friend Friday

May 22nd, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

I sure wish I'd had Kate O'Shaughnessy's debut novel when I was a kid because I would've loved to read about a character who knew what it was like to [...]

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 [...]

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April 17th, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

On her blog, Beth Anderson describes writing as "mining" -- from digging deep to find little-told stories to digging deep to find the heart of a story once she's ready [...]

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March 27th, 2020|books, midde grade, women|

When I think of kind and caring, I think of writer Barbara Dee. She cares so much about her kid readers, that she bravely writes about the challenges so many [...]

Friend Friday

February 7th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Karen Rivers is an inspiration to me; not only does she write fine and imaginative novels, she does it on a nearly yearly basis! I fell in love with her [...]

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! [...]

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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 [...]