Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine share the poignant story behind the story [...]

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

May 8th, 2020|books, family, friends, inspiration, Uncategorized, writing|

What fun it is to host my lovely friend Jennifer K. Man today in celebration of her newest picture book, The Camping Trip, (Candlewick Press). There is something so dear [...]

Friend Friday

May 1st, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am one lucky pup to count Leslie Connor among my friends. I so wish Leslie and I lived nearer one another (though that wouldn't make any difference now, right?!) [...]

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 [...]

Friend Friday

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 [...]

Friend Friday

April 10th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, writing|

Just looking at Amalia Hoffman's author photo lifts my spirits! I think we are all hungry for the bright and cheerful these days. That makes it especially delightful to host [...]

Friend Friday

April 3rd, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Kjersten Hayes is the kind of person you can count on for a smile or a sunny perspective on a not-so-sunny situation. While I am crushed for her that someone [...]

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

March 13th, 2020|animals, books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

I first met featured illustrator Kaelen Felix when she was a preteen. I was presenting at a children’s literature festival in Missouri and Kaelen’s mom drove her a long way [...]