What is black and white and read all over? A book, of course! A book is made through a process called publishing, and it all starts with a writer and a great idea.

Did you know that your favorite stories were first discovered by editors at publishing companies? An editor assists the writer by giving valuable feedback, and by helping to shape and tell the story. Once a story is written, it is sent to a copy editor. The copy editor makes sure that there aren’t any grammatical mistakes. Can, you Find the mistakse in this sentence?

Book designers and illustrators are artists who decide how each page of a book is going to look. Book designers also create covers. The cover is important, because although it has been said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, people often do. A great cover can help a book jump off the shelf and shout, “Read me! I am a great new book!”

Publishing companies use printing presses where thousands of books are printed and bound on huge machines. Then they are boxed and loaded into trucks and onto planes, eventually finding their way into your local bookstore or library for you to enjoy.

Do you have an idea for a book? If so, try practicing writing and editing your story with friends and family. You’re never too young to publish a book. Take it from Penda Diakite, who co-wrote and published her first book, I Lost My Tooth In Africa, with Scholastic Inc. at the ripe old age of 12!