From Idea to Book

From the Series Start to Finish

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

How is a book made? A writer thinks of a story and writes it down. After a publishing company edits it, an artist will illustrate the story and a designer will put the two together on a computer. Then, the computer pages are turned into film that is sent to a printer to be turned into printed pages. The pages are cut and sewn together to make finished books that are shipped on trucks to stores for people to buy and read.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2005-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.9
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051120, JNF063000
Dewey 002
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 520
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 77047
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Glossary, Glossary words bolded within text, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Pam Marshall

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Start to Finish

Discover how things like cars, crayons, or frogs are created—from Start to Finish. Reveal the life cycles and manufacturing processes behind common, everyday things beginning readers are familiar with while teaching sequential thinking. Suitable for both reluctant and at-grade-level… View available downloads →


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2004



“Perfect for preparing very young children for an author’s visit or launching a classroom bookmaking project, this title stands out within the extensive Start to Finish series.”

Library Media Connection

“Author/illustrator Nancy Carlson and her recent book It’s Not My Fault (Lerner, 2003) are the unnamed subjects of this overly simplified introduction to the publishing industry. Readers follow the publication path from writing and illustrating to the book’s arrival in librarian and stores.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“. . . useful as an introduction to student-made books. Both grade-level and reluctant readers may enjoy it in its curricular context.”
School Library Journal