A Peek at the Creative Space of Susanna Leonard Hill

Susanna Leonard Hill is the author of numerous picture books including Punxsutawney Phyllis; Not Yet, Rose!; and The House that Mack Built. Her most recent titles are April Fool, Phyllis!,  a follow-up to Punxsutawney Phyllis, and Can’t Sleep Without Sheep, a story about a girl who takes so long counting sheep to fall asleep the sheep get tired and quit, but then finding their replacement proves to be harder than they thought.   On her blog, Susanna hosts many entertaining and informative features for writers and readers alike. Perfect Picture Books is a collection of picture book recommendations organized by category. Every Friday, anyone is invited to submit their suggestions for the list.… Read the rest

What a Week!

I had a brand-spanking new Creative Spaces interview to post last weekend, but then we had an unfortunate turn of events with our beloved dog Jack. We had to say goodbye to our old friend, and all things blog related were shelved in the back of my mind. Jack lived a good 11.5 years. He was a rescue puppy and a sweetheart of a dog. He had this bellowing howl that he gave to friends and strangers alike. He went on nightly skateboarding runs with my husband and loved to trot around our court visiting neighbors (howling his greetings, of course).… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Jean Reidy

Jean Reidy is the author of picture books Too Purpley!, Too Pickley!, and Too Princessy!, the Colorado Book Award winner Light up the Night, and Time Out for Monsters!  Her latest picture book, All Through My Town, publishes this week. Kirkus Reviews says “Richard Scarry has some competition” and School Library Journal says “This spirited picture book is as much fun to browse through as it is to read.” All Through My Town has also been included on the Kids Indie Next List. Jean’s celebrating the publication of All Through My Town this week with all sorts of fun things on her blog.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Tricia Springstubb

  Tricia Springstubb is the author of many books for young readers including the middle grade novels What Happened on Fox Street and its sequel Mo Wren, Lost and Found.    What Happened on Fox Street was an Indie 2010 pick, received starred reviews from Kirkus and The Horn Book, and was named to the Kirkus, Washington Post, and Bank Street School “Best Books of the Year” lists. Publishing next month is Tricia’s picture book Phoebe and Digger, about a little girl who becomes a big sister and relies on her her favorite toy to help her through the transition. If you enjoy this interview, you might also enjoy reading what Tricia had to say about writing spaces of her past.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Sarah Frances Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy is the author and illustrator of Puzzled by Pink, which was published by Viking Children’s Books in April 2012. From the publisher: Izzy hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzy decides to give her own alternative party in the attic, where the guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another guest–an unexpected one. This will be a party nobody forgets! Sarah’s also hard at work on several more books including a YA and middle grade novel.… Read the rest