Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Ten yearsa decade!ago today, I started my first full-time job in publishing.


A tremendous amount has changed since then, but the heart of this business endures steadily the same beneath it all, and for that I am truly grateful. I suspect that we alleditors, writers, illustrators, agents, marketers, publicists, educators, booksellers, librarians and so many others in this businesschoose to do the work we do because we ourselves have lived lives shaped by stories. Because once upon a time, each one of us was a child mesmerized by picture books, or a kid magicked away on summer afternoons by wonder and possibility, or a teen who found solace or solidarity in fictional characters . . . so we know how much stories can and do and must continue to matter.

Some of the best friends and influences in my life have been books, or because of books. And for the past ten years, many of the most meaningful people in my daily world have been the people who make books. So thanks to all of you: you brilliant, insightful, dedicated, witty, wonderfully firey-minded people, for being an inspiration every single day.

Here's to many more decades of creating and sharing stories, friends.


  1. Congratulations, Molly! This industry is a sweeter place with you in it.

  2. Cheers to many more years, Molly!! <3

  3. Thank YOU, Molly, for your love and dedication. Publishing is so lucky to have you!

  4. Happy Anniversary! I know I'm very grateful that your choices led you to be in publishing. You are a constant inspiration.

  5. Yeah for a decade! Thank you for all the good work you have done and will continue to do for the world of children's book publishing!

  6. I’m an educator and it’s moving to watch that mesmerizing process begin when I open a book and start reading to my students. Happy tenth anniversary! May your next ten years bring more quality books into our world.

  7. Thanks for the nice words, all! Here's to many more great books!

  8. Congratulations! Ten years. WOW. Thanks for sharing. I got cold chills and almost a tear in my eye. Books ARE very touching.

  9. Congratulations!!! And well done ... I can't wait to see what other books you will help birth.

  10. Congrats Molly :) So glad I got to meet you and hear you speak and benefit from your wisdom. I look forward to all of the books you edit.

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