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Anybody engaged in the illustration of children's picture books knows the importance of the endpapers -- if only because they literally attach a book's interior pages to the cover itself. But on an aesthetic level, endpapers afford the illustrator and designer to visually set the scene for the story that will follow -- and even make a comprehensive statement about the book itself. I love creating my end papers -- maybe because it's the very last thing I do before finally finishing the book to move on to the next one.

Here are some examples...

Pigs Rock - Viking - 2003

Hello, Robots - Viking - 2004

My Pet Book - Random House - 2015

Look! Another Book! - Little Brown - 2012

BLUEBIRD - Schwartz & Wade / Random House - 2012

BLUEBIRD - Schwartz & Wade / Random House - 2012 (Paper-On-Board)

The Orb Of Chatham - Commonwealth Editions - 2005

Bugs Galore - Candlewick Press - 2012

Toys Galore - Candlewick Press - 2013

Look! A Book! - Little, Brown - 2011

Mary Had A Little Lamp - Bloomsbury - 2008 (Rejected Endpapers)

Mary Had A Little Lamp - Bloomsbury - 2008 (Published Endpapers)

We Planted A Tree - Golden Books / Random House - 2010

The First Pup - Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan - 2010

A Fire Truck Named Red - Farrar Strauss Giroux - 2016 (Featuring photos of a model built by Staake)

Beachy And Me - Random House - 2016

The Donut Chef - Random House - 2008 (Front Endpapers)

The Red Lemon - Random House - 2006 (Top: Detail of the crate label that is repeated as a pattern for the book's endpapers (Below)

Don't Squish The Sasqautch - Disney/Hyperion - 2012

The Donut Chef - Random House - 2008 (Back Endpapers)

The Book Of Gold - Schwartz & Wade - Random House - 2017

Cars Galore - Candlewick Press - 2012

Trucks Galore - Candlewick Press - 2017

Don't Splash The Sasqautch - Disney/Hyperion - 2016

Atlas Obscura article on endpapers

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