Sesame Street Goes Green

by Alison Lorenz, Assistant Product Planning Editor

The weather is getting warmer and everything is about to be green—or, in the case of our friends on Sesame Street, go green.

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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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Fly Back, Agnes and the Gift of an Imperfect Protagonist

by Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books

I still see it all the time:

What an unlikeable protagonist.

The main character is so selfish.

This girl makes terrible decisions!

I’ve invented these particular statements, but they’re composites of opinions I frequently come across in discussions about books. I find them particularly amusing when they’re applied to middle-grade and YA novels.

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What We’re Reading Right Now

It’s no surprise that we’re book people. We love books. We love reading books. In uncertain times, a lot of us are leaning on our books. Here’s a short list of what’s in some of our hands and minds to give our hearts a rest.

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