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

Picture Books + Social and Emotional Learning

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

I don’t remember quite when it happened, but at some point last fall, I realized I was hearing the letters “SEL” a lot. And I had some sense that SEL referred to something called “social and emotional learning,” but I couldn’t articulate exactly what that was. Read More