Monday, April 15, 2013

"How a Book is Made" by Harpercollins - must see videos!

"How a Book is Made" with Author Lauren Oliver and HarperKids
by Kimberley Griffiths Little 
If you are a teacher, librarian, parent, or writer yourself looking for something unique and different for you or your students/children, check out this wonderful new series of videos by HarperKids, a division of Harpercollins.

How a Book is Made - (AND Revised, Edited, Designed - and BORN), before it gets to the shelves of your local bookstore or library. 

Lauren Oliver is a bestselling Middle-Grade and young Adult author who narrates these 4-5 minute videos about how she a writer gets ideas and develops them, and then writes and revises a book. She takes you through all the steps, including videos with her editor and copy-editor and designer at Harpercollins talking about their jobs (inside their offices in NYC) and leading us through their role in how a book is made. It's fascinating.

As a writer, I'm pretty familiar with the first few videos and how a book goes through the process of getting edited and copy-edited, etc. I've also read quite a bit about the rest of the in-house process, but the Production video was especially interesting to see the pieces of the book and how it's bound and glued and created. It was fun to actually *see* it on these videos, and I think your students or children will enjoy seeing this unique and amazing process.

There are 8 videos total, between 3-5 minutes apiece.
Take some time afterward to discuss with your students what they've learned, as well as discuss the various book careers that are possible or they might be interested in.

Don't forget that there is a whole Art Department at each publishing house that hires freelance artists and graphic designers who create the covers and choose the fonts and design the book inside and out, from concept to finished product for those artists in your midst!

P.S. If you watch the first one, it will automatically take you to the next one in order on Youtube. :-) 

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Meet the Spellbinders

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets
as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please
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 Carolee Dean
Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

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Caroline Starr Rose
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Caroline Starr Rose
Friday, April 19th
NM Library Association
Youth Luncheon
Albuquerque, NM  
Kimberley Griffiths Little 
Saturday, April 27th 
NM Battle of the Books, Author Guest 
Silver City, New Mexico

Kimberley Griffiths Little 
May 3-5
Presenter and critiquer at the  
Niagara Writers Conference

Kimberley Griffiths Little 
May 9-11  
Presenter, Publication Primer 
LDStorymakers Conference 
Provo, Utah  

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