Category Archives: inspirations

My Week in Books: You Gotta Read These

I had thought to follow a theme for my next bookish post, having encountered 3 titles in a row involving dragons, but some other reads captured me deeply, and here they are. It’s still a theme. Just not a topical … Continue reading

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Exploring New Dimensions (sorry, this post is not about space)

I’ve been creating felt for about 18 years, applying techniques learned from Scandinavian, Finnish, Canadian and American feltmaking traditions. I’ve recently begun exploring some techniques more fully as I consider a mixed media approach to illustrating picture books. It’s been … Continue reading

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MWiB: Catching Up on Recommendations

Here are three books recommended to me by other people. Maybe someone suggested one of these to you? They are very different. I recommend all three. Fourth grade sisters now in sixth grade were very excited for everyone they knew … Continue reading

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The Seventh Wish, or How Kate Messner Got in Touch with 12-Year-Old Me

I always appreciate the opportunity to read Kate Messner’s books, and they have long been favorites to share with a wide age-range of students. Messner features action (Capture the Flag, Eye of the Storm) for middle grade youngsters, and great … Continue reading

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Author Rick Wood: A Conversation

When I was taking a break from the blog for a bit this year to focus on some writing opportunities, several things happened in my little world. One of them was that I got to know a fellow named Rick … Continue reading

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