Poetry, Race, and Art: A Conversation with Selina Alko, Sean Qualls, and Nina Crews

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

While working on the books Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship and Seeing into Tomorrow: Poems by Richard Wright, I couldn’t help noticing commonalities between the two.

Both are volumes of poetry and both explore race and identity. Yet the books differ as well—Can I Touch Your Hair? is primarily for kids in grades 4 and above and has multiple contributors—it’s co-written by Irene Latham and Charles Waters and co-illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko—and Seeing into Tomorrow could easily be shared with preschoolers on up and was compiled and illustrated by Nina Crews. Read More

Meet Economic Inequality Author Coral Celeste Frazer

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

I invited one of Twenty-First Century Book’s newest writers–Coral Celeste Frazer–to talk about her new YA title for the imprint.  Economic Inequality: The American Dream under Siege is out this spring. Read More

Nonfiction Books and the Creative Process [Part 2]

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

Earlier this month, I shared the creative process behind two nonfiction picture books. You can read that post here.

Today I asked three authors to give a peek inside how they created their photo-driven nonfiction books.  Read More