About Our Mission

A Letter About MAKE ME A WORLD from creative director, CHRISTOPHER MYERS

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD SET LIMITS ON OUR CHILDREN’S IMAGINATIONS.

 When our kids ask hard questions, which all young folks inevitably do, there are people who would like our children to "sit down" and "shut up." There are people who want our children to be silent, to feel invisible. There are people in the world who are invested in glass ceilings and fences and walls to keep our young people from realizing their potential, from dreaming too audaciously, from knowing each other.

WE ARE NOT THOSE PEOPLE.

MAKE ME A WORLD is an imprint dedicated to exploring the vast possibilities of contemporary childhood. We strive to imagine a universe in which no young person is invisible, in which no kid's story is erased, in which no glass ceiling presses down on the dreams of a child. Then, we publish books for that world, where kids ask hard questions, and we struggle with them together, where dreams stretch from eons ago into the future, and we do our best to provide road maps to where these young folks want to be. We make books where the children of today can see themselves and each other.

When presented with fences, with borders, with limits, with all the kinds of chains that hobble imaginations and hearts, we proudly say—no.

Let us think beyond those limits, instead, MAKE ME A WORLD.

About Christopher Myers

Christopher MyersCHRISTOPHER MYERS is an artist and writer who lives in New York. He is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, and he is an accomplished fine artist. Christopher’s work includes collaborations with artisans around the globe and mentorship of a burgeoning new generation of creators.

Discover the Books

Pet

Pet

Written by Akwaeke Emezi

On Sale: 9.10.19

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.

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Mama Mable's All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza!

Mama Mable's All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza!

Written and Illustrated by Annie Sieg

On Sale: 10.08.19

Debut illustrator Annie Sieg takes young readers on an inspiring trip to the music halls of the 1940s, when groups of young female musicians broke racial and gender barriers—and forever changed the face of jazz. exist anymore.

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Gravity

Gravity

Written by Sarah Deming

On Sale: 11.12.19

From female sports journalist Sarah Deming, comes a powerful YA novel about survivors who find true family in a gym full of fighters.

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Meet the Creators

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi makes their young adult debut with Pet on the inaugural Make Me a World list. An honoree on the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list, a long-list nominee for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a short-list nominee for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Akwaeke continues to receive accolades for their adult debut, Freshwater.

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Annie Sieg

Annie Sieg

Annie Sieg is an illustrator and writer whose fierce feminism has never gotten in the way of her career as a ballroom dance teacher, or her interests in folklore, music, and jazz.

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Sarah Deming

Sarah Deming

Sarah Deming assisted on the NYT-bestselling sports memoir Eat and Run and wrote for CNBC’s 2012 Olympics coverage.

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