3 New Series for Makers

by Ashley Kuehl, Editorial Director of Lerner Publications

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but makerspaces are kind of a big deal these days. Because we always like to supply our customers with what their young readers need and want, here’s a quick roundup of our new series for makers. Read More

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

5 Pet Books for Young Readers

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

You know those kids who always have some kind of wild project going on? A lemonade stand. Starting a neighborhood newspaper. Building the Greatest Fort Ever.

Yep, that was me. And memories of being that kid were what inspired me to write Ana and the Pet Show. (After all, any project involving animals was usually a favorite of mine…and yes, I did once hold a neighborhood pet show in my own backyard.) Read More

Changing STEM to STEAM: Why Art Belongs IN the Sciences

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

It’s a safe bet that educators know what STEM stands for: science, technology, engineering, and math. Recently, a fifth letter—A—has joined the familiar acronym. It stands for “art and design.” What, you might ask, does art have to do with the other sciences? Read More