Middle Grade Mania: THE UNICORN IN THE BARN!

Today for #MiddleGradeMania, we have an illustrator on the blog! THE UNICORN IN THE BARN is a middle-grade novel about a boy who protects a vulnerable unicorn…and its beautiful cover was designed by Rebecca Green.


The book/person/thing that inspired me to be a writer is:

Bony Legs by Joanna Cole 9780544761124_lres

The hardest thing about writing for a middle grade audience is:

Why do you like writing middle grade books?

I love illustrating for this age group because the content is playful by not too naive. My work is not often geared towards a very young audience. 

What will middle grade readers like about your books?

Middle graders will love the Unicorn in the Barn because it’s magical but set in real life. It makes magic feel attainable and at your doorstep. 

My least favorite subject in school was: Math! 

My favorite snack: Apples and Almond Butter

The best thing about my job is: Research and learning. Each project I work on varies so I am always learning something new. For this book, I learned a lot about drawing horses because one of the main characters is a unicorn. I went to visit horse farms to see how the animals moved and I loved the challenge of learning how to draw them. 

One piece of advice for your middle grade self: Stop caring about being cool! And stop being embarrassed about shopping at thrift stores – someday it’ll be your favorite place to shop! 

Where can we find you on the internet? (Social media, website?) www.rebeccagreenillustration.com and on Instagram @rebeccagreenillustration


Learn more about THE UNICORN IN THE BARN here.

  • Jolene

    I just finished reading this book to my three older kids (twin 9 year old girls and almost 7 year old son). My son was only interested in the pictures, but my daughters were captivated by the story and begged to read more than the 1-2 chapters we read each evening. The pictures are very well drawn and the story comes to life in your imagination at the descriptions of the various special creatures. The story also opens the door to discussions about responsibility, death, guns and how keeping a secret sometimes isn’t a bad thing. Absolutely love this book and would recommend it!