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 It takes many people to create a children's picture book. Thanks to Jeanne Hogle for answering a few of my questions about her work for young readers.

Q. What is your position at HarperCollins?

A. Associate Art Director/ Children’s Picture Books.

Editor Margaret Anastas and associate art director Jeanne Hogle at HarperCollins.

Q. What do you do in your position?

Creative Book Magic!

Q. What are some of the best-known books or series that you’ve worked on in the past?

A. Fancy Nancy, Pete the Cat, Berestain Bears©, Marley, Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, Don’t Know Much About, Learn to Read and Find Out, I Can Read.

Q. What do you like best about your job?

A. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching a child enjoy reading a book I’ve designed. But this question requires several answers, not just the first one. I work with some really awesome and talented people and for that I feel blessed. The process of designing a picture book has so many aspects of fun as well as challenges — both I enjoy.

Q. Do you like to dance?

A. If a book I design wins an award, I have been known to throw my arms in the air and do a little hip swirl while yelling “whoop, whoop!”

Q. What advice do you have for young writers/illustrators?

Whatever you study in school, take a few business classes. This is going to be an invaluable education for your successful creative career.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like young readers to know?

A. I went to college for painting and drawing and got a fine arts degree, but in my last year I took interest in design, and found myself interning in New York City with Walter Bernard and Milton Glasser. Design became my passion and my career. When I’m not designing books, I’m reading them.

From Jeanne: "This is my only foster failure-- 7 years ago I agreed to foster a pit bull puppy-- she had me at hello, and now 80lbs of pure love and loyalty later, shadows me everywhere. Simone, aka Simmy."

About 10 years ago I started working in dog rescue and have 3 of my own dogs, and 2 cats. To date I’ve helped adopt out about 30 dogs and 15 cats to happy and loving homes.

Hunter (shown on left) and Bella Mia, aka Izzy, (shown on right).

I’m known to keep Snickers bars in my work drawer.


For more behind-the-scenes info, see How Ruby Rose Was Created and Interviews With The Ruby Rose Creative Team!