By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director
I get a lot of “Oh, you work in children’s book publishing, that must be so fun!” when people find out what I do for a living. And in truth it can be a lot of fun! We never tire of all the interesting facts we get to learn—and then foist upon others—when working on our books.
However, cover design is also a lot of dedicated work, a lot of communication, a lot of research, a lot of meetings, and a lot of problem solving. Children’s publishing is a big business, so catching the immediate attention of anyone who would buy a book is imperative. There is a lot resting on how the covers of our books look at first glance. Read More
By Trade Art Director Danielle Carnito
I’ve hinted in a past post on press checks that this picture book page count post may come, and finally, at long last, here is is:
I’ve heard people wonder why picture book page counts are 32 pages. Or 40. Or why the number of pages in a book mostly always seems to be multiples of 8. Read More
I asked designer Lindsey Owens if she had things to say about the cover design for our novel The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary that she’d like to discuss on the blog, and yes, yes she did. Today’s Dispatch from the Design Department—and a look into life in publishing—is courtesy of Lindsey. Also, I don’t make a practice of giving people work to do on road trips, I promise!—Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director Read More
By Emily Harris, Senior Graphic Designer
I had the honor of designing the cover to Zoo Scientists to the Rescue, written by Patricia Newman, with photographs by Annie Crawley. Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is a new nonfiction book for middle-grade readers that highlights three scientists who are working to save endangered species. You can learn more about the title on Lerner’s website. Read More
By Senior Production Designer Erica Johnson
Photographer Annie Crawley, senior graphic designer Emily Harris, and I had a great time putting together Zoo Scientists to the Rescue, a nonfiction book for middle-grade readers that Annie created with author Patricia Newman. Zoo Scientists highlights three scientists who are working to save endangered species. You can learn more about the title on Lerner’s website.
Here we discuss the process of laying out the book–and which images had to be cut. Read More