Shortlisted Books

All the Ways to be Smart
  • Winner

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book
Scribble Kids' Books, an imprint of Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

I wanted the cover to give a sense of what’s inside: that the kinds of ways kids (and adults!) can be smart are not just traditional/academic ways. So there is a child on the cover smelling flowers, one is looking at bugs, one is daydreaming, one is playing the recorder, one is reading a book, one is mixing up a potion and one is deep in dress ups, and so on. I separated the book to print in four pantone colours: a vibrant grass-green, black, blue, and a fluoro orange, and the cover is printed with a holographic clear foil.

280 x 215mm
No. pages
Special finishes
4C x 4C [PMS 7481 U (grass green) PMS 811 U (fluro orange) PMS 292 (light blue) PMS Neutral Black U] Clear holographic foil
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Davina Bell