How A Book Is Made

Program Type
Assembly / Performance


Author/Illustrator Timothy Young shows how children’s books are made. His presentation answers many of the questions young readers have such as: “How do you get your ideas?” “How do you write a book?” “How do you illustrate a book?” “How does a book get published?” He talks about his journey from being just like them, a kid who liked reading books and liked to draw, a kid who struggled with writing and attention issues, to being an author/illustrator with 15 published books. He discusses with them how they can create their own works and how one of the hardest things for a person to do is to show their own writing or art to someone else. Through Q&A he talks about how to get over the fear of failure and how mistakes lead to learning and discovery. He shows how even once you get to be a professional and work with editors and publishers, you still worry about your creations.

Students may bring paper and drawing materials to the assembly.


“Our school was fortunate to host Timothy Young this spring. He was a wonderful presenter to all grade levels. I got terrific feedback from students and staff about how much they enjoyed hearing all about his books and his journey to becoming an author. Students loved when he showed them how to find pictures in their scribbles. It was a great visit that ended all too soon.”

Stacey Hazuda, Media Specialist, Hollywood Elementary School, Hollywood, MD

“Our school invited author/illustrator Timothy Young back for a second visit to provide student assemblies for our school-wide reading incentive program finale, and one evening presentation during our schoolʼs summer reading kick-off event. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed the read-alouds of his books. Students, especially, were engaged in the interactive process of creating and illustrating characters--real and imagined.”

Joanna Bowder, Reading Specialist Octorara Primary Learning Center, Atglen, PA

"It was a pleasure having Timothy Young visit our school. The students were thrilled to meet him and hear how he became an author and illustrator. Our teaching staff loved how he customized his presentations to meet the needs of each grade and it was wonderful to see his books come to life as he read them aloud. I especially enjoyed working with Mr. Young and found him to be flexible, friendly, and engaging throughout the entire process of booking and presenting. A genuine pleasure!"

Debbie Troop, 4th Grade Teacher, Hillside Elementary School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY