The Picture Book Buzz

March 15, 2019

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy hiking and camping. On these trips, I am regularly treated to glimpses of animals going about their routines. Or, as some of you know, I just stay home and photograph the numerous birds, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, deer, and black bears a...

March 12, 2019

Mirka Hokkanen is an amazing illustrator who uses a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and digital techniques in her art. “Her love for line and drawing underlie her style no matter which media she is working in and her favorite subjects to illustrate are quirky animals and inquisi...

March 11, 2019

Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it!

Although her "official" bio follows, I think we can all agree that Vivian Kirkfield is an extra-ordinary friend, mentor, and enthusiastic kidlit community participant. 

Writer for children – reader forever...that’s Vivian Kirkfield...

March 3, 2019

Here are some highlights from the amazing conference I recently attended in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate to accompany Vivian Kirkfield on her first speaking engagement at an SCBWI conference as a published author. We did sneak in 2 days of sightseeing.

First, and foremost, I discover...

November 27, 2018

Today is #Giving Tuesday.

Earlier this year, I helped establish the Stuart Kirkfield Scholarship, to support writers and illustrators wishing to attend retreats at the Highlights Foundation.

So many within the writing community, family, and friends of Vivian Kirkfield contributed that we w...

June 16, 2018

Because of the loving, generous response of the kidlit community, a scholarship has been created to the Highlights Foundation Nature Retreat for ALL Writers & Artists, on August 5-8, 2018. 

The Highlights Foundation, with its 1,300 acres, "nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains," and th...

May 14, 2018

As many of you may know, our beloved friend, critique partner, cheerleader, and mentor Vivian Kirkfield lost her husband on May 5th.

Stuart Kirkfield was an educator and financial guide to many, as well as a lifetime bamboo fly-fishing aficionado and author of “The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod...

April 17, 2017

Today, I have the fun privilege of interviewing a friend and fellow Washington writer, Gretchen McLellan. Her debut picture book, Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, involves the range of feelings experienced by children at the end of the school year. Her book was reviewed by Vivian Kirkfield on he...

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