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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Hootie Alert

Instead of stalking strangers’ dogs these days, as referenced in my blog’s subhead, I’m being followed, almost every minute of every day, by my very own new puppy. This is Hootie, who fought the good fight against the hideous parvo … Continue reading

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Biggest, Best, Scariest: Kevin Sherry Interview

I’M THE BIGGEST THING IN THE OCEAN and I’M THE BEST ARTIST IN THE OCEAN brought author-illustrator Kevin Sherry a tidal wave of well-deserved attention. As the days grow ever more Halloweenier, Kevin agreed to talk about his spooky new … Continue reading

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