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    Carolrhoda Books
    Carolrhoda Books

    Carolrhoda BooksCarolrhoda Books has been publishing award-winning, high-quality picture books and fiction since 1969. Carolrhoda authors are distinguished by their exceptional voices, imaginative writing, and joyful approach to storytelling.  Our picture book list is home to many award-winning authors and illustrators, including Coretta Scott King medal winner Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor winner R. Gregory Christie. Our middle-grade list stands out not only for the quality of its writing, but also for the breadth of its genres, from coming-of-age to historical fiction to mysteries. Carolrhoda Books is a constantly evolving and fiercely passionate independent publisher of stories that celebrate the meaning and importance of childhood. 

    Note from the Carolrhoda Team

    Dear Reader,

    What kinds of adventures do you like best? Our favorite adventures have always begun with a book, which is probably why we're children’s books editors today. There is nothing we like to do better than to bring readers with us on fantastic journeys of the imagination.

    Carolrhoda’s picture books open readers' imaginations  and transport them to all manner of places and  situations—from a boy who draws art that expresses his feelings to a queen traveling the world in search of a perfect cup of tea to dinosaurs doing all kinds of sports.

    Carolrhoda’s middle-grade novels are an eclectic mix of the funny and serious, set in faraway lands, in haunted houses, or in the suburbs with a family of laughing hyenas.

    What binds all Carolrhoda books together is that they begin on the first page by taking you somewhere new and unexplored, and return you on the last page to your own familiar surroundings, newly enriched and with your own new story to tell.

    Come join us on a reading adventure!


    Alix Reid, Executive Editor
    Amy Fitzgerald, Editor
    Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of picture books
    Greg Hunter, Associate Editorial Director
    Kayla Pawek, Assistant Editor
    Shaina Olmanson, Editor


    About Carolrhoda Locketz
    by Harry Lerner

    Carolrhoda Locketz, Peace Corp Worker in Ethiopia 1962-1964Carolrhoda Locketz was a bubbly, perky girl who died too young. She was Sharon's (my wife's) best friend. Their mothers were close friends, and the two girls grew up together. They shared everything: stories, trips, and adventures. As students at the University of Minnesota, they spent a lot of evenings at the Ten O'Clock Scholar, a hangout on the West Bank of the university campus. They listened to the music of a young student dropout, Bob Zimmerman, later known as Bob Dylan. While a university student, Carolrhoda worked part-time as a page at the Saint Paul Public Library. After graduation in 1962, she joined the Peace Corps. They assigned her to be a teacher-librarian in Harar, Ethiopia. Carolrhoda poured herself into the job and the people she worked with. She even set aside two hundred dollars of her own meager salary to create an educational fund for a twelve-year-old Ethiopian boy.

    Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law, visited Harar when Carolrhoda was serving there. Carolrhoda met with Shriver and talked about the great need for books in Ethiopian libraries. He obviously listened because back in the United States he began a book drive for libraries everywhere Peace Corps volunteers served.

    After returning to the United States, Carolrhoda married Gordon L. Rozell, an army sergeant she had met in Ethiopia. She died of cancer in 1967, two years after her marriage. She was only twenty-eight years old.

    After Carolrhoda's untimely death, Sharon wanted to honor and pay tribute to her best friend, who was also Adam [Lerner's] godmother. So in 1969, we named the Carolrhoda imprint after her. It was a beautiful way to immortalize Carolrhoda's memory in a manner that exemplified her love of books and learning. Sharon envisioned Carolrhoda books as attractive storybooks, heavily illustrated with art or photography. The first books were This Is..., a rhyming story for beginning readers, and Have You Seen My Mother?, the story of a brightly colored ball that searches for its mother at the circus.

    The imprint was Sharon's hobby and passion, and she was thrilled each time a Carolrhoda book won an award or received a favorable review. Eventually, after Adam came on board, Carolrhoda became our trade imprint, and he added many new titles, including his first acquisition, the Little Wolf books by Ian Whybrow.

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