Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan - Editor

Baltimore, MD, USA

I work on picture books, children’s and adult nonfiction, and middle grade/young adult fantasy. I have published 17 books and many articles.

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Overview

As a librarian, writer, and American Sign Language interpreter, I live my life immersed in language. I have been a writing tutor, language instructor, and worked in public and school libraries for over 20 years.

I have published eight adult nonfiction books geared to educators, librarians, and parents and many articles in library publications. My debut young adult fantasy novel, Sword and Verse, was a finalist for the 2016 Compton Crook Award, and its sequel, Dagger and Coin, was called "a riveting fantasy sequel" by Kirkus. I have written 4 books in the Chronicles of Cavallon series for a book packager, under the pen name Kim Forester.

I have also published children's nonfiction, with an article in FACES magazine, and as co-author of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World. My board book, Nita's First Signs, as a 2018 Foreword INDIES Award Silver Winner, and the next book in the series, Nita's Day, will be published by Familius Press in 2020, along with a standalone picture book titled The Lady and the Laundry.

I bring this breadth of experience working with publishers of different sizes and in different age categories and genres to my editing work, along with an eagle eye and a keen ear for dialogue. I look forward to applying these skills to helping you bring out the best in your writing.

What you can expect when you work with me:
-Open and honest communication
-Detailed, actionable feedback
-The work will be done when promised
-An honest evaluation of the strengths and weakness of your work

I specialize in the following areas:
-Board books
-Picture books
-Middle grade, young adult, and adult fantasy
-Children's, young adult, and adult nonfiction
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
Parenting & Families
Fiction
Fantasy
Young Adult
Children's
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • National Interpreter Certification

Awards

  • Compton Crook Award Finalist 2016
  • Foreword INDIES Award Silver Winner 2018

Work experience

Co-Regional Advisor

SCBWI MD/DE/WV
March, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

I coordinate a large regional writing conference from creators of kidlit each spring, as well as approximately a dozen webinars, workshops, and smaller events throughout the year. In this position, I work with authors at different stages of their writing journeys, and strive to provide programming and feedback that meets their needs.

Published and Listed Member Coordinator

SCBWI MD/DE/WV
January, 2014 – March, 2016 (about 2 years)

In this position, I coordinated programming for traditionally published authors and illustrators in the region, and worked to bridge the gap between published and pre-published members through events, workshops, and critique opportunities.

Writing Tutor

Howard Community College
September, 2006 – June, 2011 (over 4 years)

At Howard Community College, I worked with students in the Writing Center to provide feedback on writing assignments and help them develop skills they could apply to their future work. I also worked directly with Deaf students to deliver English writing help and feedback in American Sign Language.

American Sign Language Interpreter

Self-employed
July, 2005 – Present (over 14 years)

As an interpreter, I work in government, medical, theater, school, and community settings to facilitate communication between users of English and American Sign Language. This work requires excellent vocabulary in both languages, sharp linguistic processing skills, and a deep understanding of the nuances of dialogue, register, culture, and communication - all skills that enhance my writing and editing work.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

She Spoke

Kathy MacMillan, Manuela Bernardi

When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? In She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button readers can hear Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shirley Chisholm, Susan Shown Harjo, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tammy Duck... read more

When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? In She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button readers can hear Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shirley Chisholm, Susan Shown Harjo, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tammy Duck... read more

Nita's First Signs (Little Hands Signing)

Kathy MacMillan

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita's First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. E... read more

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita's First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. E... read more

Sword and Verse

Kathy MacMillan

In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls "fascinating and unique," debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world-building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read ... read more

In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls "fascinating and unique," debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world-building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read ... read more

Dagger and Coin (Sword and Verse)

Kathy MacMillan

"Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn't help but adore."—Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from EverywhereThe sequel to Sword and Verse follows a familiar face—Soraya—as she attempts to rebuild a nation after the downfall of the monarchy. Readers who love Rae Carson and Kristen Cashore won... read more

"Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn't help but adore."—Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from EverywhereThe sequel to Sword and Verse follows a familiar face—Soraya—as she attempts to rebuild a nation after the downfall of the monarchy. Readers who love Rae Carson and Kristen Cashore won... read more

Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities

Christine Kirker, Kathy Macmillan

Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes. This time-saving resource includes* Thematic organization to make program planning easy* Recommended books for each theme* Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns* Quick Tips boxes that enhan... read more

Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes. This time-saving resource includes* Thematic organization to make program planning easy* Recommended books for each theme* Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns* Quick Tips boxes that enhan... read more

Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs

Kathy MacMillan

American Sign Language is more than just an assortment of gestures. It is a full-fledged unique language, with all the characteristics of such. This helpful and user-friendly guide for librarians and other library personnel involved in library programming demonstrates everything from how to set up programming involving sign language for all ages to dealing with and paying interpreters. The boo... read more

American Sign Language is more than just an assortment of gestures. It is a full-fledged unique language, with all the characteristics of such. This helpful and user-friendly guide for librarians and other library personnel involved in library programming demonstrates everything from how to set up programming involving sign language for all ages to dealing with and paying interpreters. The boo... read more

A Box Full of Tales

Kathy MacMillan

Children's programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn't dream of offering more and better children's programs with less effort? After all, these are usually the most popular and sought-after programs in the library. But they are also the most demanding: any librarian who has put in the sweat and time required to pull together a single quality program will balk at the prospect of ... read more

Children's programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn't dream of offering more and better children's programs with less effort? After all, these are usually the most popular and sought-after programs in the library. But they are also the most demanding: any librarian who has put in the sweat and time required to pull together a single quality program will balk at the prospect of ... read more

Tinta y fuego (Spanish Edition)

Kathleen K. Macmillan

Una novela juvenil imprescindible para los amantes del género fantástico. En un mundo oprimido no puedes permitirte pensar.Ni cuestionarte nada.Ni desear. Lo que más anhela Raisa es aprender a leer.Pero, para una esclava, esta aspiración parece casi inalcanzable. ¿Y si poder leer fuese la clave para salvar a su pueblo? En el reino de Qilara, la escritura es un don reservado a los nobles y proh... read more

Una novela juvenil imprescindible para los amantes del género fantástico. En un mundo oprimido no puedes permitirte pensar.Ni cuestionarte nada.Ni desear. Lo que más anhela Raisa es aprender a leer.Pero, para una esclava, esta aspiración parece casi inalcanzable. ¿Y si poder leer fuese la clave para salvar a su pueblo? En el reino de Qilara, la escritura es un don reservado a los nobles y proh... read more

Baby Storytime Magic

Kathy MacMillan, Christine Kirker

Whether you ve been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, but finding exciting materials for baby storytime that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure t... read more

Whether you ve been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, but finding exciting materials for baby storytime that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure t... read more

Nita's Day (Little Hands Signing)

Kathy MacMillan

Sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! The second book in the Little Hands Signing series (which introduced the bestselling Nita's First Signs), Nita's Day teaches ten new and essential ASL signs for every parent and child to know: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches e... read more

Sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! The second book in the Little Hands Signing series (which introduced the bestselling Nita's First Signs), Nita's Day teaches ten new and essential ASL signs for every parent and child to know: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches e... read more

Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills

Kathy MacMillan, Christine Kirker

This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike includes everything you need to get started reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside includeActivities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school yearLessons that... read more

This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike includes everything you need to get started reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside includeActivities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school yearLessons that... read more

Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together

Kathy MacMillan

Appropriate for adults who are completely new to signing, this authoritative guide on sign language helps them engage with children up to age five, regardless of their hearing ability. Each of the eight chapters contain a variety of activities, such as games, finger plays, songs, and crafts, which help children develop language learning, improve communication and self-expression, and raise the... read more

Appropriate for adults who are completely new to signing, this authoritative guide on sign language helps them engage with children up to age five, regardless of their hearing ability. Each of the eight chapters contain a variety of activities, such as games, finger plays, songs, and crafts, which help children develop language learning, improve communication and self-expression, and raise the... read more

Multicultural Storytime Magic

Kathy Macmillan, Christine Kirker

Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In this book best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matt... read more

Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In this book best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matt... read more

More Storytime Magic

Kathy MacMillan, Christine Kirker

MacMillian and Kirker's knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they're back with an all new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children's librarians, e... read more

MacMillian and Kirker's knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they're back with an all new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children's librarians, e... read more

Feuer und Feder

Kathy MacMillan

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