MacKids Spotlight: Randi Pink

This month we’re interviewing Randi Pink, author of Angel of Greenwood. May 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre. In this historical fiction account of the tragedy, the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, OK is destroyed by an angry mob of white people. Randi Pink honors the real victims of Greenwood by acknowledging the strength and resilience in this community and two teenagers who fall in love in the midst of chaos. 

Randi shares more about her inspiration for the story and what she hopes young readers will learn here.

Read a Q&A with Randi here →

Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

These books for kids and teens sensitively deal with tough topics and big emotions. Perfect for SEL units, these stories normalize mental health issues, promote the importance of self-care, and provide more resources for young readers who are struggling to process big emotions like anger, sadness, anxiety, and loss. Share these stories with young readers to let them know they are not alone.

Find books for Mental Health Awareness Month here →


Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Spring 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!

Plus, Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, joins us to talk about her newest book Cuba in My Pocket (available in September 2021!)

3:40 – Adrianna Cuevas in conversation with editor, Trisha de Guzman
15:38 – Picture Books
29:57 – Middle Grade Books
47:27 – Young Adult Books

Books Featuring a Character with a Disability

  • What Stars Are Made Of – Twelve-year-old Libby, who has Turner Syndrome, enters a contest to raise money in prep for her sister’s new baby
  • Master of His Fate – a nonfiction title about FDR’s experience with polio
  • Not So Different – Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy, tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he’s often asked about living with a disability
  • My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay – Zulay, the main character, is blind and works with friends to reach her Field Day goal of running a race
  • How to Make Friends With the Sea – the main character has anxiety and selective mutism and discovers how friendship can help him overcome his fears
  • All He Knew by Helen Frost – a novel in verse about an institutionalized deaf boy during World War II who finds hope and friendship in the midst of oppression
  • The Brave by James Bird – a boy with OCD is welcomed by his new family and befriends the quirky neighbor
  • Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau – Jordan, a girl in Indonesia who uses a wheelchair, finds a way to be an athlete again after her accident

Watch author Zetta Elliott read Caldecott Honor Book A Place Inside of Me and check out our Poetry Roundup!

We’ve put together a roundup of titles to get you excited about National Poetry Month, including titles like What the Road Said, Woke: A Young Poet’s Guide to Justice, and Caldecott Honor Book A Place Inside of Me.

Explore more poetry books here!

2021 MacKids School & Library Virtual Events

Join us and our authors at these upcoming virtual events, including book buzzes, webinars, conferences, and more! Check back for updates, as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, ICYMI: watch archived videos from our past events here!

Upcoming Events

Introducing “Outdoor School” from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
May 10, 1pm CT / 2pm ET
Register for this free event here!

Amidst a global pandemic that has forced the world indoors and online, many young readers are unable to experience outdoor learning. And with summer just around the corner, it’s critical now, more than ever, to help young students embrace the outdoors—wherever that may be! This April, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Odd Dot are introducing OUTDOOR SCHOOL, an immersive, eight title series from some of the most-recognized names in the outdoor community, encouraging kids to put away the screens and head outside. Join us to learn about this exciting new series!

ILA Children’s Literature Intensive: Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom Through Books
May 11, 5-8pm ET

Register for this event here!
Don’t miss Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix) and C.B. Lee (A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix) in conversation about the new Remixed Classic series.

A Celebration of Illustration
May 14, 10:30-5:00pm ET

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Join ALSC and key children’s book creators, leaders in children’s librarianship, and others as we celebrate illustration in children’s literature. Don’t miss Caldecott Medal Winner Michaela Goade (We Are Water Protectors) at the Opening Session!

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
May 20, 9:00am-6:00pm ET

Register for this free event here!
Don’t miss this day-long virtual event featuring author panels with LeUyen Pham (Outside, Inside), Steve Sheinkin (Fallout), and Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter)! Plus, visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall to request digital ARCs and more.

Watch archived videos from past events →