Ella McQueen, Kickball Queen: Q&A with Beth Mills

by Carol Hinz, editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

Do you know any elementary-age kids who are obsessed with kickball? I happen to have two of them living in my very own home! Yet despite kickball’s popularity, it doesn’t show up much in picture books. So I was pretty much smitten with author/illustrator Beth Mills’s debut picture book from the moment I laid eyes on it. Beth was kind enough to answer some questions about her book and share some incredible sketches and color studies so all of us can get a peek at how this book came to be. Read More

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Q&A with Mia Posada

by Carol Hinz, editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

The past few days, I’ve become increasingly aware that summer is at an end. The sun is setting earlier, there’s a slight, wonderful chill in the air in the evening, and I’m feeling increasingly desperate about all the school supplies I haven’t yet purchased for my kids. Read More

Millbrook’s New STEM-themed K-3 Photo Books: Author Interview, Part 2

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

As discussed in yesterday’s blog post, Millbrook Press has two wonderful STEM-themed photo books for grades K-3 coming out this fall. Yesterday, I shared Jenna Grodzicki’s interview of Marcie Flinchum Atkins, focusing on the book Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in NatureToday I’m very pleased to feature Marcie’s interview with Jenna, focusing on the book I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures That Look Like Food. Read More

Millbrook’s New STEM-themed K-3 Photo Books: Author Interview, Part 1

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

In early March 2018, I posted an open call for STEM-themed K-3 manuscripts. The response was tremendous–I received approximately 300 submissions. The manuscripts came from authors who have published many books and authors looking to publish their first book. They came from writers with advanced degrees in various scientific disciplines and from writers without such degrees but with a great deal of curiosity and strong research skills. Many of the manuscripts were good–it was no easy task reviewing them all and finding the best of the best. Read More