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Where Are My Books? Creation Process: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4


A Guide For Young Readers (Part 4)

by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

When Debbie's illustrations were nearly finished, she started brainstorming ideas of the cover. Here are just a few:

Everyone liked the first idea the best, so that's the one Debbie developed into a cover.

Debbie also needed to choose a dedication that would appear in the front of the book. She decided to dedicate her first solo picture book to her editor, Justin Chanda, because he was the person to give Debbie her first book contract.

Soon the color proofs arrived! It was exciting to see the book cover jacket:

And even more exciting when the F&Gs (unbound printer proofs) arrived:

And then a big box arrived with copies of the actual book!

Thanks to everyone for sharing my excitement for WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? If you'd like me to do a free Skypevisit with your class about Where Are My Books?, please tell your teacher to check out my Virtual Visits Info.

I encourage you to check out the rest of the Where Are My Books? bonus page for fun content, activity sheets, free posters and bookmarks, tips for young writers and illustrators and more.