I like looking at this pretty girl's face - both sides! Even if just in photos on my phone's camera roll. She's the pony I wrote about in Wonderponies, earlier this year. In that post, I was still shaking in my chaps from a freaky trail ride where she was so awesome. In that post,… Continue reading Angel, Sent from Above
Horse: The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians by Rosie Stoddard and Phillip Marshall 2008, Candlewick Press Ages 6-9 Grades 1-4 ISBN: 9780763635473 With the end of the school year well within sight, thoughts turn to summer - camp, road trips, and long days at the barn. Horse: The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians makes a… Continue reading Hay, here’s a great summer barn book!
One of my first riding instructors always started our lessons with yoga stretches in the ring at the walk. Pigeon, half-camel, mountain - all versions of yoga postures, modified for the saddle. This routine not only prepared our muscles for the tough work of up-up down, down-down up (you know what I'm talking about!), and… Continue reading Reading On Yoga and Riding
My sister recently found this old picture of my very first ride. My family had just moved from Oxford, Mississippi to Boulder, Colorado. We lived in Boulder for the year that I was five, then moved back to the south. What I remember about this ride is how I insisted on wearing a mini-dress and… Continue reading Walk On
One of the most awesome benefits of writing books for kids is that I get to visit schools and actually get to write WITH kids. It's really an honor sit around a table, bowed over a waiting page, using the written word to explore the world within and around us. Writing together. Whenever I spend… Continue reading Inside a Book: An interview with book artist, Sherry Fatla, Candlewick Press
Last year, Collette Morgan, owner of Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers in Minneapolis, Minnesota answered a few questions about her beloved Gypsy Vanner boys, Misto and Pinky, in the post, Smitten. Collette's back for a visit with more stories and new photographs! If you haven't already fallen for this breed, I bet you will.… Continue reading The Secret of Feathers: Gypsy Vanner II
Tomorrow I'll drive my daughter and her good friend to riding camp in Vermont. Judith loves Vermont; she adores her friend. Of course, they will have a fantastic week. Judith would rather spend her days and nights at the barn than at a mall or a movie. At camp, they'll do horse yoga (!), ride… Continue reading On Courage