For the last few years I’ve had the privilege of getting to do the design and layout for a series of Children’s books for the United Way. I got the opportunity to be more involved with the latest book with a chance to illustrate as well as lay out the book. From a designers point of view, this is a real treat. Normally when you work on illustrations, you don’t get to have any input on the book design. So, I got the best of both worlds and was able to plan everything out from the beginning.
The United Way has been doing these books as part of their Life Act II initiative. Life Act II’s goal is for people to learn to revere our elderly population and learn from them. Their goal is for our society to realize that our senior population is a gift of knowledge and experience to be cherished.
To develop the book, it went through several steps. First high school students interviewed a senior and wrote a story based upon that interview. Then, the United Way enlisted the help of professional writers and illustrators to bring the concept to life as a children’s book. After printing the books are distributed to the area schools. Each book contains the original interview, story, and biographies of the senior and students.