Just Let Them Read

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It's no secret that many students see reading as a chore. Some don't feel like they're allowed to read books that interest them. Others are overwhelmed by the pressure of having to take a reading quiz or write a report...

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Author Spotlight: Megan Cooley Peterson

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Welcome to Black Rabbit Books' author spotlight! This month, we're highlighting Megan Cooley Peterson. Megan is a Black Rabbit veteran, and our editors can always count on her to turn in amazing work. She recently released her first YA novel, The Liar's Daughter...

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Author Spotlight: Julia Garstecki

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Welcome to Black Rabbit Books' Author Spotlight! This month, we're sharing an interview with Julia Garstecki. Julia is a rockstar author and has written numerous books for Black Rabbit, ranging from superfast sports cars to all-American fighting forces.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My life now is almost exactly like it was when I was ten, with a few big differences...

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The Power of Rap

Black Rabbit Bolt Books

I'm not here to talk any smack
All I wanna do is share the power of rap.
With the ability to blend fact and fun
This journey of laughin' and learn's just begun.
Poetry doesn't have to be dry and boring
Big blocks of text? They leave readers snoring...

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Author Spotlight: Mark Weakland

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This month we're celebrating one of Black Rabbit Books' all-star authors: Mark Weakland. Mark is an expert when it comes to writing for struggling readers, and that's made him a great fit for Bolt. We tracked down Mark for this interview about writing for reluctant readers and his work as a literacy coach...

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Our Favorite Facts

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From unidentified flying objects to human's best friend, Black Rabbit's books cover some incredible topics, and that means the team has uncovered some seriously amazing facts over the years. Here are some of our favorites. We hope you'll love them as much as we do!


Jen—The world's oldest school is in Morocco...

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2020 Review Roundup

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We've gotten some great reviews for our Bolt Jr. imprint over the past year. Read on to check out our highlight reel...

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Bolt to the Power of Infographics

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Children live in a world full of visual stimulants. It seems as if something bright and bold is always vying for their attention. Black Rabbit Books took that knowledge, paired it with the fact that many students are visual learners, and realized the need to champion the power of infographics...

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Author Spotlight: Thomas Kingsley Troupe

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October is the perfect month to celebrate everything spooky, which means it's only right that we feature Black Rabbit Books' paranormal extraordinaire, Thomas Kingsley Troupe! Thomas has been writing for Black Rabbit Books for several seasons now, and the team has been in love with his tone and enthralled by his knack for the mysterious from the start. Check out our interview with him.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

A: I was born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis, MN...

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The Research Behind Our Books

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The Black Rabbit team likes to think they make it look easy, but crafting amazing books requires a lot of work and tons of research. Before our editors send manuscripts to designers, they devote hours to fact-checking. They explore scholarly articles, watch disgusting documentaries about creepy crawlies, and make trips to the local library...

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Fall Preview

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August is here, and the Black Rabbit team couldn't be more excited. We finally get to show off the new fall titles we've been working so hard on! Check out some of our bold new Bolt series below. We can't pick just one favorite...

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Author Spotlight: Gail Terp

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Welcome to Black Rabbit Books' Author Spotlight! This month, we're celebrating Gail Terp. Gail has been writing for Black Rabbit Books since the very first season of Bolt, and our editors love to work with her. (Although, they do have a hard time keeping up with her!) Here's a short interview with Gail...

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Summer Reading

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Summer break. It's a time for hot days and cool ice cream. But summer break also brings the dreaded summer slide...

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Better Together!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 27, 2020

The Creative Company announced today that it will commence distribution of two independent children's book publishers, Amicus Publishing and Black Rabbit Books, effective June 1, 2020. The Creative Company currently provides fulfillment services for all three publishers, but will now add sales, marketing, customer service, and accounts receivables services, enabling the three publishing companies to bring hardcover books, paperbacks, and e-books to their library and classroom customers with greater ease and efficiency.

Under this new partnership, each of the three publishers will continue to publish their signature juvenile lists...

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BOGO Offer to Support Distance Learning

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I want to start by saying I hope as you read this you are healthy and safe. These are crazy times.

Our hearts are going out to the educators who are having to redefine what education looks like right now...

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Ignite a Spark in Young Readers

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We live in a world whirling with visual content. Students today are used to seeing flashy colors, quick cuts, and fast-paced media. They are acclimated to—and have come to expect—content that is dynamic and interactive...

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Happy Holidays from BRB!

Thank you for being a part of the Black Rabbit Books family! Our mission is to bring the love of reading to every student, wherever they are in their reading journey. And we're grateful for the partners we have making that mission a reality.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at BRB...

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Get Ready for Summer!

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Every year, we all look forward to the amazing break that is summer vacation. But then we dread that brain drain we see in our kids as the vacation comes to a close. Am I right?

Well, Black Rabbit has the cure! Summer books need to be fun, mischievous, and wacky...

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Happy Hallo-read!

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What happened to the mummy that lost its candy?
It came unraveled!

Don't let Halloween unravel your readers. Keep them hooked with our new series That's Just Spooky!

These books are full of extreme stories about ghosts, aliens, and all kinds of things that go bump in the night. They're the kinds of books even the most reluctant readers will want more of...

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Reimagine Your Makerspace!

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Makerspaces are such a fun way to get kids actively learning. They can create, imagine, invent, and even make mistakes. And through it all, they are learning SO MUCH …

~ the scientific method
~ how to follow directions
~ how STEM subjects link to the real world
~ basic engineering principles
~ and on and on and on …...

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Behind the Scenes with Designer Catt Cates

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In this installment of our Behind the Scenes, please meet graphic designer Catherine Cates. Catt joined Black Rabbit in February 2017, and immediately joined in on our hi jinx. Here's a short interview with Catt...

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Where the Magic Hoppens

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In this Behind-the-Scenes installment, we wanted to show you where we hop to every day—our rabbit hutch, if you will. We live on the prairie in south central Minnesota. (As you can see from the picture, wild prairie flowers actually bloom in front of our beautiful building...

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Behind the Scenes with Designer Grant Gould

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In this installment of Behind the Scenes, meet Grant Gould. Grant started with BRB in June 2016 with big dreams and a sense of humor that never quits. He and editor Marysa quickly discovered a deeply shared admiration for Nicolas Cage, and no one in the office has stopped laughing since...

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Behind the Scenes with Photo Researcher Omay Ayres

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Today, please meet Omay! She is responsible for finding and licensing all the fantastic images we use in our books. To say she has to be detailed is an understatement. A single book can use up to 50 images!

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself...

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Behind the Scenes with Art Director Michael Sellner

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In this peek behind the curtain, we'd like to introduce our art director, Mike Sellner. Mike leads BRB's graphics team with his passion for making great books and his unsurpassed talent in bringing words to life with pictures and illustrations.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself...

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Behind the Scenes with Editor Marysa Storm

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We thought it might be fun to let you peek behind the curtain and see who makes the awesome books here at Black Rabbit. To start off this Behind the Scenes series, please meet editor Marysa Storm. Marysa started at Black Rabbit in July 2016...

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Introducing ... Hi Jinx!

Black Rabbit Bolt Books

Here at BRB, we believe every single child has the ability to become an awesome reader. By meeting struggling readers where they are, we can inspire, encourage, and grow their young minds.

Our mission, and our promise, is to provide the very best books for struggling readers...

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BRB Launches Bolt Imprint

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Bolt books provide an innovative approach to school/library nonfiction, combining leveled text for struggling readers with dynamic page layouts and infographics that appeal to ALL readers. "Reluctant readers need on-ramps to get them reading," says Jen Besel publisher of Black Rabbit Books. "What we've created with Bolt are books that cover topics kids love in a package any kid can succeed with...

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