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Mary Dyer & the Celebration of International Religious Freedom Day

Today is International Religious Freedom Day — and the reason it’s today is because on this date in 1659, three Quakers were scheduled to  hang. Their crime? Being a Quaker … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why I Wrote Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom

“My life not availeth me in comparison to the liberty of the truth.” “Why did you write about Mary Dyer?” is a question I often get. It usually comes right … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

What Five Years as a Children’s Writer Means

I realized upon logging in to my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators account the other day that I have been with SCBWI for five years. That raises the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of OZ

Today is the 75th anniversary of the release  of the most famous version of The Wizard of Oz — the one starring Judy Garland. Two months from now will see … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Trip to Mary Dyer’s Stomping Grounds

The Anne Hutchinson/Mary Dyer Memorial Herb Garden at Founders’ Brook Park in Portsmouth, R. I. It’s a small, quiet park, befitting Mary Dyer’s humble nature. It was a happy accident … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making the Leap from Picture Book to Middle-Grade Biography

How the Judy Garland biography came to be. Last January, I was hired to write picture book text for three books on Judy Garland. The largest of the three would … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Thoughts on Rush Limbaugh’s Win as (Gulp!) Children’s Author of the Year

Was children’s literature really damaged? It came as a bit of a shock in the passive, upbeat and immensely caring world of children’s publishing last Wednesday when Rush Limbaugh was … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment