Can I Touch Your Hair? and the N-Bomb: What is appropriate for children?

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

A customer on Amazon recently expressed concerns that the book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship is not appropriate for elementary students because it includes a poem called “The N-Bomb” that references the existence of the N-word (though doesn’t spell it out). Coauthors Charles Waters and Irene Latham and editor Carol Hinz wanted to share their thoughts about the poem, the word, and tackling difficult topics with children. Read More

Remembering Biologist Lincoln Brower, Advocate for the Monarch Butterfly

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

Have you spotted any monarch caterpillars or butterflies lately? We currently have three chrysalides at my house hanging from the top of a mesh butterfly habitat, and one rapidly-growing caterpillar who has been munching through milkweed leaves harvested from our backyard.

They’ve been on author Rebecca Hirsh’s mind as well. She wrote The Monarchs Are Missing, which we released this past spring, and after she heard the news that monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower had passed away, she shared this remembrance. Read More