By Denise I. Matulka

Every little thing you must find out about photograph books are available during this basic and simple advisor. After defining the image publication and describing its heritage and technological evolution, the writer is helping you larger comprehend and relish photograph books via describing how they're made-their anatomy, varieties of representation, layouts, layout components, and typography-various sorts of photo books (genres, codecs, styles), how photograph books paintings (the paintings of the story), and the way they relate to baby improvement and literacy. photo e-book reports, development a suite, utilizing photograph books with a number of age teams, and matters corresponding to multicultural literature, classics, and arguable titles are a number of the different subject matters coated.

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During the production phase, films are made of the illustrations, which in turn are made into plates that are used to make the printed pages. The first is a set of “blues” (or “bluelines), so called because they have blue type on bluish-colored film. Errors that are not caught in the editing process have to be corrected on the 22 \ Chapter 1: What Is a Picture Book? negative, which is an added expense. If the book has full-color art, which most picture books do, then a second set of color proofs is made, so that the printer knows what the art should look like when it is printed.

On average, the publisher receives 50 percent, or perhaps a little more to cover its costs, from which it also receives its profit. The larger a print run, the cheaper the cost per unit, and the more a publisher can potentially save on costs. In the example below, assume the print run was 10,000 copies. that the publisher’s 50 percent breaks down like this: 20 percent—overhead 10 percent—royalties (to author and illustrator) 11 percent—cost of paper, printing, binding 4 percent—plate preparation 5 percent—profit Reviewing Picture Books / 23 So, as you can see, of the original 100 percent, only 5 percent is actual profit for the publisher.

Prior to 1990, less than 1 percent of all children’s literature published was by authors of color. Children of color were now drawn by authors of color and thus could escape the bias of stereotyping that had plagued children’s books since the publication of The Story of Little Black Sambo (1899) by Helen Bannerman. The importance of authentic, accurate depictions of race and the role it plays in child development was clearly recognized during the 1980s. 1990s Imagine, just over 100 years ago, children had very few books they could call their own.

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