‘Dear Malala, We Stand With You’

Malala Cover

Last week’s announcement that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was particularly exciting for everyone here at WORZALLA, since we recently completed the printing and binding of a new book for Random House Children’s Books — Dear Malala, We Stand With You (by Rosemary McCarney and Plan Canada).

Watch for this title to be released October 28, 2014.

Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot by the Taliban in October of 2012 for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her tragedy and survival has had the most amazing outcome — empowering girls around the world to raise up from poverty, violence and oppression and become a catalyst for change.

The United Nations declared July 12, 2013 (Malala’s sixteenth birthday) the first Malala Day, inviting 500 young people from around the world to the UN to “take over” for the day. As part of the celebration, young girls participated in a short film — in the form of their letters to Malala — sharing how important a symbol she was for them in their lives. This warm and powerful video was the basis for Dear Malala, We Stand With You.

In support of publication, Random House Children’s Books will make a donation to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which aims to support millions of girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.

In Malala’s words, “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

To read more about Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize, check out this article in the New York Times.

What do Spaghetti, Birds and Baseball Have in Common?

Three great books — manufactured at WORZALLA — all winning PPN Book Show Awards.

Publishing Professionals Network (PPN) selected each of these titles for a Recognition of Merit. The awards will be presented at the upcoming PPN Book Show in January 2014.

Award Title_SpaghettiCongratulations to Little Pickle Press, publisher of Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) — written by Jodi Carmichael and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley. This hilarious chapter book chronicles a typical school day that is anything but typical for an eight-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Through his personal dialogue, a day in the life of Connor is written in fourteen life lessons. Written with clear perspectives of Connor, his teachers and classmates, it helps the reader to understand the thought process of a “quirky” kid.


Don’t Judge a Bird by its Feathers, written and illustrated by teenager Tori Nighthawk, is another deserving winner of the PPN Recognition of Merit. This is a story of Phoenix, a rather plain bird who can’t dance well, but who wishes to capture the heart of Luminous, the most beautiful bird of paradise in the Highlands of New Guinea. This book teaches children that surface appearances are far less important than character. Congratulations to Tori and to our customer, Anne Stone Publishing.

NightB4BaseballOur third award-winner is a special book we did for the San Francisco Giants — The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay, written by David Schnell and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan. This beautiful book is written in verse, describing in detail a little boy’s dream of being a major league pitcher and pitching as the “closer” on Opening Day at ‘the park by the bay.’ The Giants gave away 10,000 copies of this book to their fans at their July 6, 2013 game in an effort to spread the joy found in families reading together.

The Publishing Professionals Network (PPN), founded as Bookbuilders West in 1969, is a nonprofit trade association supporting book and book-related publishing in the 13 Western states. The PPN Annual Book Show is where the best publications are recognized for excellence in design and manufacturing quality.

We are proud to add these three wonderful books to our ever-growing collection of award-winning and high profile titles printed and bound at WORZALLA, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA!

Jessica Lange and A Little Bird

Jessica Lange and A Little Bird

Jessica Lange may be known for her roles in King KongTootsie, and American Horror Story, among others, but this autumn she will be introduced in a different sort of role: children’s author. Lange, along with Print Buyer John Donnelly and Design Manager Dawn Adams of Sourcebooks, the publisher of her work, visited Worzalla on Friday, August 16th to do a press OK Little_Bird_bookon her book, It’s About a Little Bird.

The story revolves around two little girls who discover a beautiful bird cage while visiting their grandmother’s farm, and the story of the little bird that lived in it.  Adding to the story are beautifully colored photographs.  Our Customer Service Representatives Shasta Grosbier and Kathy Ladwig noted that “The images in the book are photos she (Jessica Lange) took of her granddaughters.  Ms. Lange hand-tinted the photos….”  Lange shot the original photographs in black-and-white and hand colored them using photographic oil paints to add the vibrant colors.  The process of painting black and white photos is almost as old as the medium of photography itself.

Everyone who worked with Lange during the OK found her to be very “down to earth” and wonderful to work with. Press Room Manager Chet Plaski commented, “She was very open to suggestions on color adjustments to achieve the results she wanted.” The trust she put in our printing capabilities was very encouraging.

Lange and her publisher had chosen Worzalla to print It’s About a Little Bird because of another book we had printed, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. They were impressed by the quality job we did on the Henkes book and decided that Worzalla was the printer to go to. We are honored for the opportunity to print such a beautiful book, and we hope for many more such opportunities in the future.

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Feasting in Good Company

Worzalla, like any close-knit community, loves to come together and celebrate the summer sun.  Thursday, July 11th,was our annual Employee Picnic where Worzalla employees could enjoy one another’s company over plates 069of deliciously prepared foods, such as brats, burgers, and hot dogs, with a slew of complementing sides.

Our Leadership team was working hard to dish up the feast as employees lined up along the tables.  They started grilling mid-morning and served up a storm until everyone had been properly fed.

On top on delicious food and good company, employees had a chance to enter to win some door prizes.  The door prizes included a Char Broil Grill, a Zero Gravity Relaxer Chair, and a fishing pole and tackle.


Community is important to us at Worzalla.  It helps keeps us focused on the bigger picture: that we are all a part of the process of sharing the joy that comes from reading.  It is refreshing to gather together and share in stories that recall this fact.  It’s our passion, and we love to share this passion for books and reading with one another and with out customers.

Our Commitment to Community

Community involvement is important to us at Worzalla.  Although our business and the shipments of the books we print span from the Atlantic to the Pacific, we remain committed to the community we call home.

Our involvement within the Stevens Point community is broad, but our main focus is to promote reading.  We have been hugely involved in founding and giving continued support and promotion to the Stevens Point community Reading first blogReading First program, which started back in 2000-2001.

Reading First promotes reading aloud as a family for 20 minutes each day.  Reading aloud is a simple way to increase knowledge and creativity in children, and doing so as a family helps to create an environment of growth and understanding.  Every year Worzalla helps to choose books for summer and winter reading opportunities.  300 to 500 featured “community reading books” are given out to families with young children.  Lucy Cousins’s Maisy Makes Lemonade and Gary Paulson’s Lawn Boy are the featured books for this summer (2013).


Tom Pease Concert July 9th 2013; Pfiffner Park

On top of free books, the Reading First program also sponsors free events such as The Soup-er Bowl each February, where families can come and have a free soup dinner and watch a movie, and free concerts, such as the Tom Pease Concert that was held in Steven Point’s Pfiffner Park on Tuesday, July 9th.

Reading First also makes appearances at other local/community events such as the river front Art in the Park and the June Dairy Days.

Reading is something to be enjoyed by all ages, and we are proud to help sponsor Reading First as a program that promotes reading, especially for young children and families.

For more information on the Reading First program please contact Cheri Karch at ckarch@Worzalla.com or 715-344-9600 x200.

Other local/ community organizations that Worzalla is proud to support:
Junior Achievements
Wisconsin State Historical Society
United Way of Portage County
Portage County Literacy Council
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Cornerstone Press

A Home Run for Reading

Summer is the season of baseball, and fans at the San Francisco Giants/ Los Angeles Dodgers game Saturday, July 6th, at AT&T Park in San FranciscoNightB4Baseball received an extra special treat.  10,000 copies of David Schnell’s The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay were given away to promote reading.

Worzalla stands behind all those who make an effort to promote reading, and we were honored to be the printer of The Night Before Baseball knowing that 10,000 of the copies were being given out in an effort to spread the joy found in families reading together.

For the fans who received a copy, congratulations and we hope that you will use it in promoting both the love of reading and the love of baseball.  For the fans that did not receive the free copies, additional copies are available for purchase in the Giant’s Dugout Store or online.

Happy Reading!

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Celebrating Service

At Worzalla we are proud to show our support for the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This week, in honor of Independence Day, we are looking at the We Serve Too!  children’s books written by Kathleen Edick and Paula J. Johnson and published by Wee the People Publishing.

010Inspired from their own experiences of having family members who serve, Kathleen and Paula wrote the We Serve Too!  books to honor the families, especially the children in those families, whose sacrifices at home are not often remembered.   

Cindy Maher is the CSR for We Serve Too!  Working on this job has been especially unique for Cindy, as she has had a son in the service.  “I had never seen anyone deal with this particular issue,” she said of the way the books were focused on children, not adults.  The books work to “empower children,” as Cindy saw it, [they] “gave the children something to do… for themselves as well as service members.”  

Even the structure of the books work to empower the kids who read them.  The in-sheet of each book holds the quote011 by Patrick Henry, “The battle does not belong to the strong alone, but to the vigilant, the active, and the brave”- words that include children and adults alike in the actions of service.  Likewise, in We Serve Too! : The Homecoming Box an activity guide showing children how to create their own “homecoming box” was included in the back of each book. 

The We Serve Too! books are an opportunity for kids to relate to a situation that they may be going through themselves.   Having the opportunity to print such empowering and inspirational books is an honor to us at Worzalla. 

Visit https://www.weservetoo.com/ for more information on the We Serve Too! books and resources.

From all of us at Worzalla, have a happy Independence Day!

To hear We Serve Too! read by author Kathleen Edick click here:  http://youtu.be/jj_JdmrRdt8

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