HOW PICTURE BOOKS ARE MADE

Alayne Kay Christian

Today, I am sharing a presentation that I made showing how a picture book is made. It shows what the picture book looks like when first printed on an offset printer, it shows how signatures are made. It shows fold and gather, cutting, and stitching. It shows how the cover is attached. And more.

I plan to one day make a video so that the folding process will be easier to see. But I need to enlist the hubs as a photographer. He is sometimes harder to corral than a herd of cats 😉 So, for now, I hope you enjoy this video. Click here if you need a larger view of the video.

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It’s Never Too Late: 10 Writers & Artists That Were Late Bloomers

It’s Never, Ever Too Late.

Leigh Hecking

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In a world where it’s all about the next, young innovative person to come along, it’s easy to feel like we have passed our expiration date as writers or artists.  But does creativity have an expiration date?  Is there such a thing as “too late” when it comes to creating?

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The Fuzzy Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction

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I really appreciate Julie Danielson’s Kirkus blog post, “The Stories In Between” as she considers a topic near and dear to me — the blurry line between certain works of fiction and nonfiction.  Two picture books she considers are Greg Pizzoli’s nonfiction Tricky Vic and Deborah Hopkinson’s Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig. These are both works of history, something of particular interest to me. Julie refers to the following comment I made on a 2014  blog post of Betsy Bird‘s about invented dialog in picture book biographies:

… As you know I tried for years to write the story of Sarah Margru Kinson as nonfiction and finally was convinced to fictionalize it. The result is being called historical fiction, but it hardly is a novel in the conventional sense. I think it is a lot closer to some of the titles…

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Illustration Notes: To Include Or Not To Include…

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Interview with Author Janet Smart

Happy Spring. Hope there are signs of this new season in your corner of the world. Come on over to the GROG Blog. Please meet Janet Smart, author of DUCK AND COVER.

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BEEP AND BOB Cover Reveal & How Giving Up Gave Jonathan Roth a Leg Up (plus a giveaway!)

Thank you, Tara, for hosting the very first peek (one year before publication) at the cover for book one of my upcoming chapter book series, BEEP AND BOB (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster), which I wri…

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Book Giveaway – Hold Your Temper, Tiger by Carol Roth

Congratulations to Carol Roth for her new book, HOLD YOUR TEMPER, TIGER coming out on March 7th. Available now on pre-order at Amazon. Carol has agreed to give do a book giveaway. All you have to d…

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Interview with Jennifer Ward

Come meet Jennifer Ward on the GROG Blog today. She is kind and giving to all, including writers, children, animals, and birds.

 

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THE 2016 NERDIES: LONG FORM NONFICTION ANNOUNCED BY DONALYN MILLER

Since my childhood, I have been fascinated with nonfiction books. I read our family World Book Encyclopedias and Time-Life books from cover-to-cover and methodically worked through every biography …

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Interview With New Author Tara Cattie Luebbe and Mentor Contest Announced

Tara Cattie Luebbe ran her own picture book store before becoming an author. She’s read thousands of pictures books and has a solid grasp of what it takes to write for a picture book crowd. I…

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