Poetry, Race, and Art: A Conversation with Selina Alko, Sean Qualls, and Nina Crews

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

While working on the books Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship and Seeing into Tomorrow: Poems by Richard Wright, I couldn’t help noticing commonalities between the two.

Both are volumes of poetry and both explore race and identity. Yet the books differ as well—Can I Touch Your Hair? is primarily for kids in grades 4 and above and has multiple contributors—it’s co-written by Irene Latham and Charles Waters and co-illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko—and Seeing into Tomorrow could easily be shared with preschoolers on up and was compiled and illustrated by Nina Crews. Read More

Nonfiction Books and the Creative Process [Part 1]

creative process and nonfiction

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

When we think about the creative process, fiction often comes to mind. After all, what’s more creative than making up stuff?!

Yet as nonfiction authors and illustrators can tell you, the process of making a nonfiction picture book incorporates a good measure of creativity as well. And their research informs their process in interesting ways. For more specifics, I asked the authors and illustrators of a couple of our Spring 2018 picture books to share something about the creative process for their new nonfiction books. Read More

How Picture Book Pagination Keeps Readers Turning the Pages

Picture book manuscript pagination

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

Last weekend at the fall conference of the Wisconsin chapter of SCBWI, I discovered that I might be a bit . . . odd. We’re all odd in our our own ways, of course, but this was in comparison to other book publishing people. Read More