Hello –
I’m excited to have a page to share reflections on teaching, good books, authors and their work, gardening, food (had to include that!), the wonderful people I meet when visiting schools and conferences, and, of course, writing – the glorious art of writing.

Stay tuned. Future posts will appear at least twice a month, sometimes more often.

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

It's great to see that Frankie Stein has that read-again quality. This smile says it all!

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

What could be better than seeing your newest book at ALA with your agent and your editor! Thanks, ladies. You both made this journey a fun ride.

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

In just a few weeks, I'll be in Bradenton, Florida for the Florida Writers Association's West Mid-Winter Conference and Reading Festival. I love their slogan - writers helping writers. I am anxious to meet all of the people interested in writing for children. I will HELP you with your dreams as much as I can. FWA has put together a faculty that is broad in scope and deep in knowledge. If you're someone who needs another shot of inspiration and skills, go to their webpage: and sign up. We'll be waiting for you!

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Sometimes I read a book and think, Clever. I wish I had written that! What Is Part This, Part That? by Harriet Ziefert fits in that category. I knew when I read the description of the book online that I was going to love it. As soon as I ordered it, I knew that kids were going to love it, too. And they do!

Here are a few examples: A rap song is part TALK and part SING. A bowl is part PLATE, part CUP. These cozy slippers are part SOCK, part SHOE.

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

I remember years ago when I heard an editor state that she was looking for picture book biographies about lesser known people who did something important. My mind raced with ideas. This week I read a book that definitely fits that category.