Librarians We Love: Craig Dunlap

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

This installment of Librarians We Love started out with a very interesting question: How can children who are just learning to read choose a book they will want to read?

Craig Dunlap, who works at Yealey Elementary School in Kentucky’s Boone County School District, reached out to let us know about a collaborative project with his students that is trying to answer that question. He recently sent a link to the results and shared this summary!

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A Chat with Sometimes You Barf Author Nancy Carlson

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

Everybody barfs. Dogs, cats, chickens, alligators, and even you. It happens to everyone, and sometimes it even happens . . . at school.

In Sometimes You Barf, Nancy Carlson helps young readers through what is often a scary and embarrassing rite of passage. Sometimes you barf. But it’s OK. You get better!

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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