Book Designed by Annie Beth Ericsson:
In addition to the board books, my first full book design project is also on sale now! That’s Like Me!, by Jill Lauren, is an uplifting series of success stories, told through the eyes of real children and adults, who have overcome learning differences and achieved their goals. The book is perfect for children and young adults, particularly 8-12 year olds, who are trying to get through obstacles at school. Jill has really put together a book that is unlike anything else out there!
Personally, this was a really important book for me. When I worked on That’s Like Me! this summer as a freelancer, I was faced with a task that was larger than anything I had previously accomplished in design. It was my first time dealing with a non-fiction project for older readers, and I had to incorporate a lot of text, photos and collage elements in a way that would capture the attention of middle-grade kids. I also learned a ton about working as a team, drawing from the help of Jill Lauren, editor Rena Grossman, and Star Bright Books to communicate everyone’s vision. I feel confident that, thanks to working on That’s Like Me!, I have a much better understanding of what it takes to execute your point-of-view as a designer.
It feels amazing, after working so hard on a project like this, to finally hold it in my hands! Plus, isn’t it’s exciting that the legendary children’s book illustrator, Jerry Pinkney (who is dyslexic) and I both have a stake in the same book?
I hope it does fabulously well and that the stories in this book can help many children struggling with LD!