Once upon a time, as a child, I read as many fairy tales as I could get my hands on at the library. Then as an early teen I discovered “The Juniper Tree” written by the Grimm brothers and illustrated by Maurice Sendak and it changed my life forever. It was dark and gory and […]
And now I get to reveal a surprise interview that I’ve been sitting on for months! It’s one of my favorite picture books out this year (released next week). “Love, Triangle” by Marcie Colleen is right up there with Tara Lazar’s “7 Ate 9” with amazing pun humor and classic long-lasting appeal.
Recently I was able to meet one of my favorite childhood writer-illustrators: Rosemary Wells. I remember loving her bunnies and their escapades. I was nearly speechless upon meeting her in my own state. And she brought her art work with her to share with us Alaskans (who don’t always get to see these kinds of […]
Oh dear readers, have I got some amazing treats in store for you this week! Today I bring you an interview with the delightful illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton about her latest author-illustrator project: “Grandma’s Purse.” I heard her inspirational keynote speech in LA this last summer at the SCBWI Conference, and even got to talk […]
I was delighted to meet Henry Herz this last summer at the LA SCBWI conference in July where we sat down to talk books with a few others. He was funny! You may remember my Simply 7 interviews with him about a couple of his previous books (“Little Red Cuttlefish” and “Mabel and the Queen […]
You may remember meeting illustrator Erica Sirotich here on my blog before when we read about “The Road that Trucks Built” (and her adorable construction trucks). Today I am interviewing her as both an author and an illustrator for her picture book debut “Found Dogs” which came out this summer.
Helpless. We’ve all felt it. Especially lately. Helpless to stop the forces of natural destruction. Helpless to stop political or employment or world-at-large insanity. Helpless to stop hatred and change the world. Helpless. I’ve been feeling it a lot lately in my own life. Helpless at work to battle all the changes I see on […]