Kudos to my writing buddies and former classmates Eloise Freeman and Yuki Yoshino for winning honorable mention in the picture book categories at L.A. Writer's Day in April. I met both of them in a children's writing class back in 1994 and we've all taken this fabulous writer's journey together. Eloise's winning non-fiction picture book, Sophie's Journey, is about an orphaned orangutan. Yuki's picture book, Wrong Way Sam, is about a wacky bird in flight school.