Dear Friends of Redleaf Press,
As 2015 comes to a close, I’d like to reflect a little on this year and what it has meant to all of us here at Redleaf. It has been a terrific year.
First of all, I want to thank each of you for supporting Redleaf, and I don’t mean just buying books from us. I mean the support I feel when I’m at a conference and someone comes up to me and thanks Redleaf for publishing books that help transform the lives of children and teachers. I am overwhelmed sometimes by the number of people who consider us as a partner in the work they do with children. We work hard to deserve and maintain your trust.
We produced twenty-nine new products in 2015, which included books for educators and caregivers, tools to help families understand what and why teachers and providers do what they do, children’s picture books, card sets with great ideas about transitions, and DVDs that provide engaging information for early childhood professionals.
We’ve added a number of people to our growing family of Redleaf authors this year. Some of those new authors had their first book published by Redleaf, while others were writing their second or third book, but the first from Redleaf. Some of our new authors are nationally recognized experts in early childhood education, child development, and psychology. It is a privilege to work with people with such passion and knowledge. We are thrilled that all of these people chose Redleaf to be their publisher.
Our children’s imprint—Redleaf Lane—continues to grow and receive recognition. In the last couple of years, we’ve published ten new children’s picture books. Each of the books is based on social-emotional challenges that all children face. The books encourage problem solving. They help children learn to deal with their own emotions and to develop empathy for others. As we develop each of these books, I absolutely fall in love with the characters and share their hopes and dreams.
I’ve worked in educational publishing for over thirty years with eight of those years at Redleaf Press. I have been very lucky to have worked with smart, creative, wonderful people my entire career, but I’ve never worked with a group as terrific as the folks I work with at Redleaf. They are committed to our mission, and they inspire me every day. I often tell people that working here is the “cherry and whipped cream” on the top of my publishing career. I am so proud to be part of this organization and believe so strongly about the importance of the work we do and in the work we help support.
You may be surprised to know that Redleaf Press is a nonprofit publisher. We are a division of Think Small, a large nonprofit that serves educators, providers, children, and families. Think Small works to strengthen families through child care referrals and financial assistance, catalyze change through advocacy and policy work, and prepare providers through training, coaching, community outreach, and publishing (that’s us!). The revenue Redleaf generates from selling products supports the work Think Small does here in Minnesota. So not only do our books help you as you teach and interact with young children, but your purchase also goes on to help support additional children. That’s a real win-win situation if you ask me, and what could be better than that?
We’re looking forward to another great year of publishing. There are about thirty new publications that will be coming out in 2016. Each of those products is designed to help you grow as an educator. Redleaf will continue to provide exceptional resources for early childhood professionals.
Happy New Year from Redleaf Press!
Director of Redleaf Press