Reading Like a Writer: What Authors Read for Inspiration [Part One]

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

I’ve been thinking lately about the importance of reading in shaping a person’s writing skills. Before we can write well, we first have to see good writing and then absorb it through a mysterious osmosis-like process. This is certainly true for authors and editors, and I believe it’s likewise true for teachers and students.

Authors regularly are advised to read within their genre, which is great advice, but I became curious about what else the authors I work with enjoy reading. I got a wonderful range of responses, and I’ll be sharing them in groups of three over the next few weeks. Read More

The Element of Surprise in Nonfiction Picture Books

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press

What makes a kid (or an adult) pick up a nonfiction picture book? What compels them to keep reading? I can think of a few different answers to these questions, but today I’d like to focus on the element of surprise. Why? Because surprises help make books fun!

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