Bernette Ford

Bernette founded Color-Bridge Books, LLC, an independent packaging and consulting company, in January 2003, to package a wide range of children’s books, including board books and novelty books, picture books, easy readers, and first chapter books, for publishers to the trade and supplementary school markets. Prior to 2003, Bernette was a vice president at Scholastic Inc., where she served as editorial director of Cartwheel Books (the preschool imprint she founded at Scholastic) for nearly thirteen years. She also served as vice president/associate publisher at Grosset & Dunlap/The Putnam Publishing Group, the first African American to be named a vice president at a major children’s book publishing house; as editorial director at Golden Press/Western Publishing Company; and in various editorial positions at Random House Books for Young Readers, where she began her career in 1972.