Maggie’s Monkeys – Reviewed by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

Maggie’s Monkeys by Linda Sanders-Wells; illustrated by Abby Carter; Candlewick Press, 2009. 32 pages; $16.99; reading level: ages 4-7. Being the older brother of an imaginative little sister can be a trial – especially when her pink monkeys take up residence in the refrigerator and only Older Brother seems to know they’re not real. Dad… [Read More]

Connie Speaking At “Appalachia from an Assets Perspective Conference” at Shawnee State University – November 21st

Connie will address the Morning General Session at the Appalachia from an Assets Perspective Conference at Shawnee State University on November 20 – 21, 2011.  The theme for the 2011 conference is Enhancing Teacher Performance to Maximize Student Achievement. Attended by administrators, teachers and students from throughout Ohio, Connie’s talk, entitled “The Simple Elegant Act of Telling a… [Read More]

Connie Interviewed by Children’s Author and Radio Host Renee Hand

Connie was interviewed Live by Renee Hand who is a children’s author and radio host on  The interview was recorded at 2pm eastern on Wednesday, November 7th. Connie talks about her latest book, Just Fine the Way They Are. > Renee’s Review of Just Fine the Way They Are Listen to internet radio with… [Read More]

Jack is Back!

You just can’t keep a bad man down.  Connected, as he is to Halloween (ever wonder where the term “jack-o-lantern” came from?), October is Wicked Jack’s favorite month and he was invited back to Indiana by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.  What were they thinking???  Aren’t symphonies stuffy organizations?? Evidently not!  Five woodwind players from the… [Read More]

Esther Morris Gets Some Company

“If you visit Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol,” I observe, in the Author’s Note to When Esther Morris Headed West, (Holiday House, 2001) “you’ll see fifty statues, one from each state, standing in a circle.  Forty-nine of them are men.  The fiftieth is Esther Morris…” That changed in 2009:  Helen Keller, representing Alabama,… [Read More]

Connie Interviewed by Simon Barrett of BloggerNews on

Connie will be interviewed Live by Simon Barrett of BloggerNews on at 1pm eastern on Wednesday, Oct 5th. Connie will talk about her latest book, Just Fine the Way They Are. Listen To The Show below… Listen to internet radio with Simon Barrett on Blog Talk Radio

On the Road

One of the joys of writing nonfiction is that your books take you places in the research phase and take you places again when people start finding out what you’ve written and want you to come and talk to them.  So I was on the road or, more precisely, on The Road last weekend. Just… [Read More]


I’m just home from the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, reading through the “Twelfth Night,” and trying to pick up anything I might have missed when I saw it on stage.  Shakespeare is a challenge and there’s no getting to the bottom of any of his plays.  There’s no last word on what the bard… [Read More]

New Release: Just Fine The Way They Are

In this new historical non-fiction picture book children’s author Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge and artist Richard Walz worked closely with experts and firsthand accounts to tell a “just fine and accurate” illustrated story about how dirt roads of the 1800s turned into the U.S. highway system of today. >>  Official Press Release Just Fine The Way… [Read More]

Connie Wooldridge To Appear On ‘The Sounds of the Symphony’

Show: ‘The Sounds of the Symphony’ with Host Marci Asher-Whalen on Whitewater Community Television – Trailer Description: A new ‘The Sounds of the Symphony’ with Host Marci Asher-Whalen will air Monday, August 1 at 8:30PM on WETV, channel 20. This month’s guest will be Amy Noe & Connie Wooldridge. Start Time: 8:30pm Date: 2011-08-01 We… [Read More]