MEET THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Margie Blumberg founded MB Publishing in 2003. Her company is located in Bethesda, Maryland, five miles north of our nation’s capital.
It all started with a smile. Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) had arrived and my great-uncle Morris had come over for lunch to celebrate. In addition to talking and eating, I hoped that this would also be a day for reminiscing, for I’d always wanted to know about the man in the photograph that had been displayed in the hallway for years.
“Who was that man and what was he like?” I asked, as my great-uncle brought the large portrait closer.
With his glasses now up on his forehead, he was face-to-face with a man he hadn’t seen in 88 years—his own beloved grandfather Avram, whom he’d left at the train station in Russia so many years ago. That photograph, which I had always found mysterious, was making my uncle Morris beam. For an instant, I could swear that Avram smiled back. And in that moment, a shofar story for the Jewish New Year—and a publishing company—was born.
After I interviewed my great-uncle Morris and wrote the story, Jim Catler and I began searching for a splendid artist to bring Avram's Gift to life. When we happened upon a book called Polar the Titanic Bear, we knew our quest was over. Happily, Laurie McGaw is as genuine and warm as she is talented, and we've become great friends.
Avram's Gift was published in 2003. MB Publishing eventually added a new title—a picture book called Sunny Bunnies, which was beautifully illustrated by June Goulding—and then the dream to publish other people's work came true with the release of Sean Vogel's Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel. We now have 14 titles from 6 authors and 3 illustrators. And we're still growing!
At MB Publishing, we believe that creating a book is a lot like baking and decorating a cupcake from scratch: when all of the distinctive ingredients harmonize, our latest confection is ready to join the others.
For every book, there are always two must-have ingredients: affection and appreciation—for art, for the written word, and for our readers.
MB Publishing . . . helping readers find their own special ingredients for life one book at a time.
MEET OUR TEAM
Journalist • Archivist • Marketing and Sales • Editorial • Voracious Reader • Marvelous Conversationalist • Uses Maps (not Apps) to Get Places
Jim is involved in all aspects of each project, including title acquisition, marketing, and manuscript review and development. With his background in journalism and business—and as an avid reader—Jim provides a treasure-trove of skills and a perspective that is always uniquely clarifying and insightful. Jim's innate talents, creative and intellectual work experiences, wisdom, and organizational know-how make every book project run smoothly to completion and beyond. With his added conversational abilities and his knack for brainstorming, active listening, and giving encouragement—and because of his all-around patience and good humor—Jim is the perfect partner for this publishing adventure.
Emma Walton Hamilton
Emma Walton Hamilton is an author, editor, arts educator, and arts and literacy advocate. She is the editor of the following titles from MB Publishing: Breezy Bunnies, Sunny Bunnies (and the upcoming Busy Bunnies and Snowy Bunnies); Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel and Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel; a middle-grade novel by R. M. Clark, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery; and Paris Hop! and Rome Romp!, our Travel Adventures With Grandma Goldie series.
She has co-authored twenty children’s books with her mother, Julie Andrews, five of which have been New York Times best-sellers, including the recent anthology Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies (illustrated by James McMullan). Emma’s own book, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won two silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards in the parenting category. It also received Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine’s Best Book of the Year awards.
Emma is Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Harper Collins), a publishing program dedicated to quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder. She is also a faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Writing and Literature Program, where she serves as Director of their annual Children’s Literature Conference, Co-Director of the Playwriting Conference, and Executive Director of YAWP (the Young American Writers Project), an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students.
A former actress, Emma worked in theater, film, and television for ten years before turning her attention towards directing, producing, educating, and writing. She was a faculty member at the Ensemble Studio Theater Institute, then became one of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. She served as Bay Street’s Co-Artistic Director for thirteen years, at which point she chose to focus her energies on the Theatre’s educational and young audiences programs. Until 2008, her role there encompassed bringing theater to young people on Long Island and in New York City as Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences.
Emma also works as a freelance children’s book editor, and teaches courses in writing for children, both for Stony Brook Southampton and online. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY, with her husband, producer/actor Stephen Hamilton and their two children.
Anne Himmelfarb, a freelance editor, specializes in scholarly books on public policy, development, and risk. Her real love, however, is fiction and poetry, and she is thrilled to have had a chance to copyedit and/or edit a few novels for MB Publishing, including Tutti's Promise, Escape in Time, and Celtic Run, which is set on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.
Her favorite authors from the past are Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, and George Eliot; among contemporary writers, she especially admires Alice Munro and Philip Roth. Her favorite poets are William Blake, Robert Frost, and Philip Larkin.
She is the mother of three grown children and the owner of one dog.
Graphic Design Team
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Left to right: Alicia McCarthy, Joseph Gisini, Daniella Zanchetta, and Kevin Cockburn
Engaging | Educational | Beautiful
MB Publishing offers engaging, educational, and beautifully illustrated books for children of all ages: picture books, middle grade novels, Holocaust novels, Judaica, and an illustrated reference on English grammar.
From activities by the shore and fun-filled excursions in the neighborhood to action-packed tours of Paris, Rome, and the White House, our charming picture book illustrations and rhyming stories capture the imagination of toddlers and early readers, opening up a world of discovery, laughter, and enchantment.
For older readers, ages 8 and up, kids will enjoy our mysteries (one takes place on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland) and learn about important periods in history, including Negro League baseball.
At MB Publishing, we are committed to creating books that educate, delight, and inspire.