In Memoriam: Sachiko Yasui 1938-2021

By Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Sachiko Yasui passed away on September 30, 2021. She was eighty-three years old and had been living in a nursing home since having a stroke in the fall of 2013. She touched so many people with her story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, as a child, including all of us who helped bring her story to young people in the United States.

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How to Make a Book (about My Dog): Q&A with Ernie the Dog

by Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

One of the most entertaining parts of making the new picture book How to Make a Book (about My Dog) by Chris Barton, illustrated by Sarah Horne, was seeing the various ways Chris and Sarah incorporated Chris’s real-life dog, Ernie, into the text and illustrations. So when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t pass up the chance to ask Ernie for his thoughts about special his role in this book!

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Guest Post: Tracking Down Science Stories with Kate Messner

by Kate Messner, author of Tracking Tortoises: The Mission to Save a Galápagos Giant

Ask anyone who loves the natural world about places they’d love to visit, and chances are, the Galápagos Islands will be near the top of the list. Growing up in a small town in Western New York, I’d read about the unique wildlife endemic to the islands and the work scientists were doing there. It felt worlds away from the apple orchards and white-tailed deer of my own backyard, and I imagined how amazing it would be to visit one day, to see those amazing animals and learn more about the islands they call home. 

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Unparalleled: Floyd Cooper, A Literary Remembrance

By Carole Boston Weatherford

“There is no greater gift than the truth.”

Floyd Cooper

I credit my two children with introducing me to Floyd Cooper—not the man but the artist. Their grandmother gave them the poetry book Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas. Floyd’s subjects’ faces glowed with warmth and love. I next encountered his work in Nikki Grimes’s Meet Danitra Brown. Floyd’s realistic illustrations invited my daughter into Danitra’s neighborhood and into her circle of friends.

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It’s Outta Here! The Might and Majesty of the Home Run Chat with Author Matt Doeden

By Jon Fishman, Executive Editor, Lerner Sports

From baby animals and blooming flowers to rainstorms and galoshes, signs of spring have finally arrived after a typically long Minnesota winter. For many sports fans, spring also signals the start of Major League Baseball (MLB). 

For me, spring was more special than usual this year because MLB’s Opening Day coincided with the appearance on bookstore shelves of award-winning sports author Matt Doeden’s It’s Outta Here! The Might and Majesty of the Home Run. The action-packed text covers every aspect of baseball’s biggest hits, from the longest and strangest home runs to the physics of hitting the ball out of the park. 

With baseball on my mind, I asked Doeden a few questions about the book and what he thinks about the current state of MLB.

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