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Built-a-Book: The Final 3 Weeks of Book Creation

Three posts across 6 weeks Everybody Wins!‘s Build-a-Book program is no mind-blowing achievement, but, if it’s any consolation (and it should be), the books our young author/editor/printer/illustrator/production coordinator/publicists created were so, so awesomely fantastic. If you ever get the chance to make a book with a child from beginning to end, you might also find yourself awestruck and admiring.

Avia's representation of our heroine, Angelina. Mine on the right.

The books that the teams presented to us yesterday (sales-meeting style), were all so funny and compassionate and clever, that for a moment, I completely forgot that The Future of Books is something we’re supposed to be very serious about, and sometimes even a little anxious. There was a book about a princess who was locked in a cave; a black and white graphic novel about a superhero who kept falling through layers of scary dreams; there was the story about Nina, who had a private jet and a house in the jungle which she had to leave because she upset a vegetarian lion by taking too many pictures with her iPhone, and then of course Avia’s and my own story of Angelina the space-adventurer.

I listened and thought: how lucky am I? How lucky are we? This is the future of books. Books have been around so long, and yet imagination makes them ever-new. No matter what, there will always be creative minds to put brilliant stories in exciting formats (p or e), and other creative minds who know how to bring those books to the people who need them.

Illustration Station (those are apple stamps on the upper right)

One of the greatest joys of Build-a-Book was the chance to meet professionals at all different points in their book-job careers and to see the ways they interacted with the much more distant Future of Book Business: the second and third-graders laboring over their own creations.  What everyone had in common, though, was the way they made the kids feel a part of the same labor of bringing books to life.

Caitlin Harpin, Assistant Editor at Potter Craft

As we finished the last work we would do together on her book yesterday, Avia paused and looked around the room about the other pairs doing the same thing. “I know you’re a real editor,” she said (we’ve discussed my profession in-depth), “but all these grownups are editors in different ways, aren’t they? Because they all helped us make our books better.”

Angelina Travels to Space: Space Story, cover glued on and ready for retailers nationwide

Here’s to an ever-renewing supply of people who, “in different ways,” all help make books better.

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