Little Monsters of the Ocean: Book Design

Little Monsters of the Ocean

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

I’ve done my fair share of designing books about ocean life, and it doesn’t get old. Despite my inability to appreciate visiting aquariums (sorry, folks, I have no logic behind that. But I do enjoy watching jellyfish.), I love images of the creatures themselves and working them into a design. Read More

Flight of a Starling: Cover Thoughts

design book cover

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

A novel cover came across my desk sometime last year, from one of our UK partners. That cover was for Flight of a Starling, by Lisa Heathfield. As we’re publishing the North American version of this book (coming out on Feb 5, 2019!), my job at this point was to assess whether the existing cover design would work for our particular market. Read More

The Art (Award) of the Vast Wonder of the World

Vast Wonder of the World

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

I was recently able to travel to NYC to attend the opening reception of the Society of Illustrators 2018 Original Art show, a yearly juried exhibition celebrating the year in exemplary children’s book illustration. I was so happy to be in attendance to help celebrate with this year’s Dilys Evans Founder’s Award winner Luisa Uribe, who won that award for her illustrations in our Millbrook Press title The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. Read More

On (Some) Girl Stereotypes in Picture Books

Stereotypes and Art

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

I’m currently in the midst of organizing a presentation about “keeping your eyes open” when creating illustrations for kids’ books. That’s a couple months away yet, but making notes on what to discuss has me now revisiting various projects, noting times when we have specifically directed art to avoid certain stereotypical representations. Read More