VIRTUAL EVENT: CHRIS BARTON - How To Make a Book (About My Dog)

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Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 2:00pm
Virtual Event
How to Make a Book (about My Dog) By Chris Barton, Sarah Horne (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Sarah Horne (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781541581289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - October 5th, 2021


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  • We ask that you consider purchasing a copy of How to Make a Book (About My Dog) to support the author, as well as our virtual programming! Signed & personalized copies are available. If you'd like a personalization, please type the name you want inscribed in the comments field at checkout.
  • Digital Doors Open at 1:50PM CDT.
  • Event Begins at 2:00PM CDT.
  • This event will be moderated by special guest, librarian Priscilla Delgado!

NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


A fun and fresh look at how books are made--with a supporting role by Ernie the dog!

How do you make a picture book? Well, you need an author, an illustrator, and . . . a dog?!

Acclaimed author Chris Barton and his trusty pooch Ernie show readers how to make a nonfiction picture book . . . about Ernie! From coming up with ideas, researching, and writing a first draft to finding the perfect illustrator, deciding what goes on the cover, and getting every last wrod—er, word—just right, you'll see how a book is made from beginning to end.

From acquisitions and editing to graphic design and dog treats, find out what's required to bring a book to life. This title perfectly blends how-to and humor for an informative look at book publishing. And look, this is part of the marketing step!


Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, which has been included on 21 state reading lists. His new books in 2021 and 2022 include How to Make a Book (About My Dog)Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates, and Glitter Everywhere: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going. Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, and co-host the children’s literature video series “This One’s Dedicated to…” For more information about him, please visit


Priscilla Delgado knows picture books -- and has pursued her love of all sorts of children's literature -- from her perspectives as a school librarian and bilingual teacher, as a specialist for TeachingBooks, and as a PhD candidate in the field of literacy. A native of San Marcos, she has served on the regional committee for the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, she's been the Reading List Coordinating Committee Co-Chair for the Texas Library Association, and she's participated in TLA's prestigious TALL Texans program. With no disrespect toward Chris' dog, Ernie, Priscilla's favorite five-letter name starting with "E" is Elvis.

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