What Would You Put in a Bowl Full of Peace?

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

August 9, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the extraordinary survival of Sachiko Yasui—a six-year-old girl who was nine hundred meters (about half a mile) from the hypocenter in Nagasaki when the bomb exploded. Sachiko experienced great hardship and loss, and she grew up to become a peace advocate. Caren Stelson has told Sachiko’s story for middle grade readers in the award-winning Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. And today we’re releasing A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story, in which Caren tells Sachiko’s story in picture book form. Illustrated by Japanese artist Akira Kusaka, the book has already received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and the Horn Book Magazine. Today, Caren shares her thoughts about how Sachiko’s story is relevant as students begin returning to school (in whatever form it may take) in the midst of a global pandemic. Read More

A Map into the World: Saying Goodbye to Bob

by Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

In fall 2019, we released A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang. In this heartfelt picture book, Kalia and illustrator Seo Kim tell the story of a young Hmong girl who experiences the cycle of the seasons as well as the cycle of life, welcoming twin baby brothers along with watching her across-the-street neighbor Bob grieve the death of his wife, Ruth. The character of Bob was based on Kalia’s real-life neighbor Bob, an unassuming man in his early 90s who certainly never imagined he’d one day be in the pages of a children’s book.

It is with much sadness I share the following remembrance, in which Kao Kalia Yang says a final goodbye to Bob.

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Sheltering in Place: My Kids on Their Lives Now & Books They Recommend

by Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

I hope everyone reading this post is doing well in these strange and sometimes scary times. My two kids–O., age 9, and M., age 6–had spring break in mid-March, followed by an additional week off. I interviewed them for the blog back in 2017, and I thought it would be a good time to check in with them about their experiences these past couple of weeks. Read More

If We Were Gone: Imagining the World without People

by Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

John Coy and Natalie Capannelli’s new picture book, If We Were Gone: Imagining the World without People, is not your average picture book. In a review, Publishers Weekly called it a “disturbingly beautiful dystopian meditation.” When John, Natalie, art director Danielle Carnito, and I were working on the book, we certainly didn’t imagine that it would be released just as a global pandemic was spreading. The book’s launch party, which was scheduled for this past Saturday, was canceled, and our foremost concern is that everyone do what they need to do to take care of themselves–and to help those who need it.

If you’re curious about how If We Were Gone came to be and what sort of reactions students have had at school visits, author John Coy shares the story here. Read More