photo credit – Tina Fey, my definition of success, ready for her close-up
Feel like being a success story? Then head on over to the Institute’s Career Services’ Pratt Success blog. Not only did they just interview me about the Star Bright Books titles (as a Peer Counselor, I regularly contribute there so it’s not a big surprise…), but they also have TONS of great interviews and advice from Pratt alumni who are truly makin’ it in their fields. I especially recommend watching the Career Coffee Break videos, and maybe getting yourself a cup of joe – and success – while you’re at it.
Looks like website re-design is in the air . . . Star Bright Books, the Queens-based independent publisher behind What’s In My Toybox?, What’s In My Garden? and That’s Like Me!, has a new site and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Best of all, you can order my books THERE instead (just click the links!). Much better than Amazon, which would only show the bilingual versions half the time.
Book Designed by Annie Beth Ericsson:
That’s Like Me! Stories About Amazing People With Learning Differences. By Jill Lauren, foreword by Jerry Pinkney. (Star Bright Books, $7.95) ISBN: 978-1-59572-208-9 BUY IT ON AMAZON TODAY
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!