Friend Friday

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 suspect if you looked up “prolific” in the dictionary, you’d find an image of Marissa. She has been hard at the work of being a… Read more »

Friend Friday

What a pleasure it is to once again host Nancy Churnin here at Friend Friday. Today we are celebrating her newest picture book, Martin and Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Anne Frank, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg (Creston Books/Lerner Books). One of the great joys of being a writer is… Read more »

Friend Friday

I am so grateful to all the friends who share the story behind their books here at Friend Friday. But some book creators I am extra grateful for because of the good they do in the world beyond their books. Maria Gianferrari, dog rescuer extraordinaire, is someone who falls in that category! Join me in… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 SCBWI conference in LA; we also share a love of rhubarb pie. He is unwaveringly generous, creating fun illustrations to celebrate his friends’ books at… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 to have had the benefit of her wisdom. In my humble opinion, Ann is the Queen of picture books and her wildly successful “If Animals”… Read more »

Friend Friday

Though I love to celebrate my friends’ new books no matter where they live, it’s eggs-tra special fun to celebrate the folks who live in my neck of the woods, like Kelly Jones! Her newest book, Are You Ready To Hatch an Unusual Chicken (Yearling), is the much anticipated sequel to the utterly charming Unusual… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 is shining the spotlight on Michelle Markel and her wonderful picture book, Out of this World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington (HarperCollins). I was… Read more »

Friend Friday

Why is it that some people — like me — merely open that package of ramen and add hot water and other people — like Andrea Wang– will stop to wonder where ramen came from? Posing that simple question led Andrea back in time to WWII and to a man who couldn’t merely walk by… Read more »

Friend Friday

I am so pleased Jenn Bailey took time out of her busy book launch schedule to visit with us here at Friend Friday. If you’re like me, you’ve seen buzz for her picture book, A Friend For Henry, illustrated by Mika Song (Chronicle Books) EVERYWHERE. That energy is particularly rewarding for a “quiet” book like… Read more »

Friend Friday

Who doesn’t love old favorites dressed up in fresh new ways? No one! That’s why it’s such a treat to host B.J. Lee today in celebration of her picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth (Pelican Press), illustrated by David Opie. This romp of a story is even made funnier by… Read more »