Text layers


Some calls this text layers or text features


I have always thought of back matter as a way to include extra information about the book’s subject. However, backmatter is only one of the options, among many! Reading this blog post was eye-opening. Then, I looked at recent traditionally published picture books and compiled a list with examples. Please let me know if you know of any other type of adding information to non-fiction books.



Different font sizes/ font colors

  • Text of She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch (2020) by June Smalls and Yumi Shimokawara has two different fonts. She leads


She leads spread


  • Another example is Diving Deep : Using Machines to Explore the Ocean (2022) by Michelle Cusolito and Nicole Wong.

Diving deep



Diving deep






I write blog posts about the craft of writing picture books regularly. The list of the previous posts is on the PictureBookPedia. Also, I publish a quarterly newsletter that includes links to my recent blog posts.

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