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The Cover Evolution of NERDS

Behind The Scenes With Creative Director Chad Beckerman

The following shows the process Ethen and I went through while working on the cover for Michael Buckley’s latest series, NERDS. I wish I could have better descriptions but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. See how the cover evolved after the break.

on Friday, January 4th, 2013
in the category Children's Books

Cover Evolution of John Brown

Behind The Scenes With Creative Director Chad Beckerman

Illustrator and author John Hendrix posted the ‘Anatomy of a Jacket’ on his Blog Drawing on a Deadline. John discussed the process of making the jacket for his latest book JOHN BROWN:His Fight for Freedom. This entry is a follow-up to his but from the view of the art director. Let’s begin.

on Friday, November 16th, 2012
in the category Design

Cover Evolution Of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Behind The Scenes With Creative Director Chad Beckerman

I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spider web on your leg.
As bad as the black parts on a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.

When Eleanor’s beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn’t up to snuff, and she doesn’t take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the school year looms, it’s time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is.

on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
in the category Children's Books


Collecting A's That Are Artful, Well Designed, or Just Plain Cool

We over here at ABRAMS KIDS have started a campaign on Instagram and Twitter called A for ABRAMS ( #aforabrams ) We are collecting A’s that are artful, well designed, or just plain cool from anywhere that you might find them. The idea is whenever you happen to see one of these artful A’s out and about you can join us by hash tagging your A #aforabrams as well as including our Instagram or twitter handle @abramskids. Have some fun and we hope you all get to see the world around you a little better.

on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
in the category Art

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The Evolution of a Cover

Me Earl and the Dying Girl is the funniest book I have read this year. And when I say book I don’t just mean young adult, I mean adult books as well. Just to be clear. This is why I knew I needed to find someone who had the whit and edginess that Jesse Andrews put into the story to design the cover. That lucky man turned out to be Ben Wiseman. Ben up until recently had only designed book covers for adult books. An impressive list of adult titles I might add. Such as…

on Monday, August 13th, 2012
in the category Featured Book

I Speak Dinosaur!

An interview with author Jed Henry

ABRAMS Creative Director Chad Beckerman interviews I Speak Dinosaurs! author Jed Henry. Jed is a fresh, new picture book talent and the illustrator of Pick a Pup, by Marsha Wilson Chall, and Can’t Wait till Christmas, by Mike Huckabee. Click through to read the interview!

on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

Huff & Puff

Can You Blow Down the Houses of the Three Little Pigs?

A little over two years ago a small yellow package landed on my desk from Claudia Rueda containing a small and simple dummy book with the title of BLOW. ( We later changed the title to Huff & Puff ) What I discovered was a sweet, funny and interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story. The interactivity really caught my eye. The dummy allowed the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! Resulting in a sad pig. This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs!

on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

Original Art Show for Children’s Books

A recap of the show and an inside look at how an illustrator makes their work

On Thursday October 24th, I attended the opening for the 31st Annual Society of Illustrators Original Art Show for Children’s Books. Amy June Dates chaired along with her co-chair, Sophie Blackall, and they produced an an amazing show. Its a night were everyone that works in children’s books comes together to celebrate the medium and the books that are honored to be in the show. It is a rare experience to see so many works of children’s book art in one place.

on Friday, November 4th, 2011
in the category Children's Books