Archive for the ‘Authors’ Category

“No more twist.” Twist, by the way, can be either decorative braid or a braided thread used for extra strength for buttons, and I’m not certain which was the intended usage in this story. It does seem as though the decorative would be the more likely–“all that was wanting was one skein of cherry-colored twisted […]

Beatrix Potter, the amazing writer, illustrator, naturalist, mycologist . . . wrote and illustrated 23 children’s tales and I think they saved her life. For those new to Beatrix Potter, and I’m not sure anyone is, she was the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and of such characters as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle […]

Life’s been hectic, but in a good way–weddings and significant birthdays all over to attend and enjoy–but it does make keeping up with a blog a bit hit or miss, and I confess to missing more than I ought. On the positive side for the blog, at least, I’ve been doing airport reading, and I […]

In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you that I feel connected to Norma Fox Mazer–she was my teacher and I counted her among my friends. She was a graduate of Antioch College about 20 years before I was and she taught at the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children program when […]



Instructions is a picture book I’d love to love. It’s by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess, both of whom are wonderful. I looked at Coraline here, here and here. I loved The Graveyard Book and I’m tempted to post on why I love it. (I also love his adult stuff like American Gods, […]

Wonderful author visit at the Blue Manatee Monday. I don’t have the pictures yet, but when I get them I will post them. Lois Lowry’s blog has a picture of the Blue Manatee’s (de)cafe. Lois Lowry spoke mostly about her childhood and where the ideas for her stories come from and illustrated the talk mostly […]

Monica Edinger at Educating Alice has had some great posts this week. She reviewed Countdown by Deb Wiles, who is a former classmate of mine, and a friend. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve ordered my copy. Monica also looked at some fun stuff about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including Lewis Carroll’s Nursery Alice, […]

I didn’t get the chance to write this March 2nd, the anniversary of Theodore Seuss Geisel’s birth, but I guess I ought to today. If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. I can rap The Cat in The Hat . . . and Green Eggs and Ham can […]

We can write only the stories that fascinate us and only stories we feel contain an element of truth, and that truth is about us.

As I was writing my first post for this blog and realized that I should include a short list of some of the books I most loved as a kid and young adult, I realized that the list wouldn’t be complete without the Mushroom Planet books, by Eleanor Cameron. Eleanor Cameron is not only a […]