Zoo Scientists to the Rescue: From the Cutting Room Floor

By Senior Production Designer Erica Johnson

Photographer Annie Crawley, senior graphic designer Emily Harris, and I had a great time putting together Zoo Scientists to the Rescue, a nonfiction book for middle-grade readers that Annie created with author Patricia Newman. Zoo Scientists highlights three scientists who are working to save endangered species. You can learn more about the title on Lerner’s website.

Here we discuss the process of laying out the book–and which images had to be cut. Read More

The Civil Rights Movement and the Power of Teen Girl Activists

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

I was fascinated from the moment author Heather E. Schwartz first mentioned a group of black teen girls protesting for their civil rights in Georgia in 1963. These teen girl activists were locked up in a Civil War-era stockade in Leesburg, Georgia. What stood out the most to me was their incredible strength and resilience. Heather’s book Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade tells the story of these teen activists for readers in fifth grade and above. Read More

A Ballet Teacher’s Advice for Authors and Illustrators

Ballet advice for authors and illustrators

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

I’ve loved ballet since I was a child, and I still enjoy taking a ballet class whenever I can. My teacher, Lisa Erickson at Zenon Dance, is fantastic, and her tips for becoming a better dancer apply to far more than just ballet class. With her permission, I’m happy to share some of my favorite advice for authors and illustrators from her. Read More

Poetry Picture Book Cover Reveal: CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?

Happy cover reveal day to Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship! This poetry picture book was written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham and illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls.

Can I Touch Your Hair? poetry picture book

The book will be released on January 1, 2018, and Irene and Charles are sharing two of the poems from the book today. Visit Irene’s blog to read the first poem in the book, and Charles’s blog to read the second.

Plus, keep reading for the Can I Touch Your Hair? authors’ and illustrators’ notes and photos of the final art.

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