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What the . . . ?

While vacationing last week in California, Mike and I stopped at a large chain upscale home furnishings store in a tony Newport Beach mall. We were shocked by what we saw: There on display, piled high in a large bowl on a coffee table (like waxed fruit), were packs of trade paperbacks with the jackets […]

Christmas in July

Whenever you think of Lancaster, Pennsylvania—if ever you think of Lancaster, Pennsylvania—you probably think of the Amish, buggy rides, Hersheypark, antiques, and maybe even shoo-fly pie. (If you’re me, you think of outlet malls, but that’s another blog post.) But for the last few years, there’s something else that I associate with Lancaster, and that’s […]

Barbara Goes West

There is always a lot of work to be done at Greenwillow, but occasionally I get to take a short vacation. For instance, last year around Easter (that’s when Mike, my schoolteacher beau, gets some time off—not including the ENTIRE summer, but that’s another story…), we flew to Arizona, and then drove up to the […]

We ♥ Mr. Slinger

As most devotees of Greenwillow know, Kevin Henkes is the creator of many beloved picture books featuring well-known mice characters. There’s Owen, Julius, Wemberly, Chester, Chrysanthemum, and Wendell, and of course, the indefatigable Lilly. Yes, they’re delightful characters, each and every one, most with their own books. However, whenever I bring home a new Henkes picture […]