Der Struwwelpeter and the Evolution of Children’s Books

By Jill Braithwaite, Publishing Director, Trade

I was recently gifted a copy of the 1845 book Der Struwwelpeter (Shock-Headed Peter). It’s known as one of the first books to put together pictures and words in a book meant specifically for children. It’s also a strong reminder of how grateful I am to be working in children’s books at this current historical moment. 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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