Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Gift of Art

I love writing picture books (especially when the writing’s going well). I’ve now been privileged to be through the process a few times, and it is very clear that my favorite part, by far, is when I first see the … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween.

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A Yearlong Celebration of Children’s Books: Anita Silvey Interview

I love learning little-known stories behind some of my favorite children’s books. Which, of course, is why I adore Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac, with its quirky facts and behind-the-scenes insights, and the bright light it shines on some of … Continue reading

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Finding Friendship in a Book

I’ve always been a fairly inarticulate critic, an especially embarrassing quality in a writer.  I know when I love something, but I get a little tongue-tied when I try to explain the reasons. It’s a visceral thing, that art-love connection, … Continue reading

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Slack Jawed By Brilliance: Bob Shea Interview

There are some writers and illustrators whose greatness reduces me to the mental state of screaming Beatles-girl. Bob Shea, with his efficient seven-letter name, is one such author-illustrator. I adore his books. I make teenaged children listen to NEW SOCKS … Continue reading

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Jean Reidy on Cozy Places, Cumulative Verses, and the Library She Loves

This is probably one of those no-introduction-needed situations. Today author Jean Reidy stops by to guest-blog on Literary Friendships. You know Jean from her picture books TOO PURPLEY and TOO PICKLEY. Now get ready to know her in a new … Continue reading

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Character Driven and Honest: C.K. Kelly Martin Interview

Sometimes you can really get a good sense of someone from her website. I loooooove C.K. Kelly Martin’s website. There’s a lot to explore there, but you definitely don’t want to miss this part, on the kind of books she … Continue reading

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