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

How We Judge a Book by Its Cover: The Cover Design Process

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

The Art of Cover Design: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

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

The Art of Cover Design: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

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