Rissy No Kissies: An Interview with Author Katey Howes

A lovebird who doesn’t like kisses? Rissy’s friends and family wonder if she’s sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there’s no one right way to show you care?

Rissy No Kissies carries the message that “your body and your heart are yours, and you choose how to share.” A note at the end provides further information for kids, parents, and educators about body autonomy, consent, and different ways to show affection.

Today author Katey Howes joins us to discuss her inspiration, creative choices, and why it’s important to introduce consent to young readers.

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The Secret Life of Kitty Granger: An Interview with Author G. D. Falksen

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger is a suspenseful thriller and a nuanced portrayal of neurodivergence set in 1967 London. Sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger hates noise and crowds, tends to fixate on patterns, and often feels acutely aware of her surroundings even as she struggles to interpret the behavior of people around her. When Kitty’s keen observation and quick thinking help her survive a dangerous encounter, two secret agents working for Her Majesty’s government offer her a job in their espionage operation. On her very first mission, she must foil a fascist plot and save the country!

Today author G.D. Falksen discusses his writing process, research strategies, and creative life.

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Picture Books + Social and Emotional Learning

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

I don’t remember quite when it happened, but at some point last fall, I realized I was hearing the letters “SEL” a lot. And I had some sense that SEL referred to something called “social and emotional learning,” but I couldn’t articulate exactly what that was. Read More