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Ashlee Suker

Thanks for your responses to my post. It's a good reminder to know that design does play a large part in the choosing of books :) We will continue to be conscious of our topics and design accordingly.


I appreciate the graphic design on these thought-provoking non-fiction books. There is no way to sugar coat was has happened and I think kids need to get the full effect. The middle school reader relies on the cover of the book as their main method of book selection. I think you must pay particular attention to that because they are such a fickle reader.

Chris F

As a librarian I notice some graphic elements while others are more subliminal. For example, as soon as you mentioned the grunge around the first letters I took a closer look and realized that it made me feel a little uneasy (as I should) about the topic. I think that was a good choice, by the way. Graphic design really does make a difference to me, whether I am conscious of it or not. This may have something to do with why I put some books down without even giving the text a chance... poor layout or design elements that turns me off or just fail to inspire.

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