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Lindsay Leslie announces deal for next picture book

Black-and-white author headshot of Lindsay Leslie smiling and looking to the right against a wood-panel/siding backgroundCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Lindsay Leslie, who just signed a deal for her fourth picture book, So You Want to Build a Library!  The story, according to the Publisher’s Weekly announcement, “puts readers in the driver’s seat as architects and designers of a new library of their dreams.”  The book will be illustrated by Aviel Basil.

The inspiration for the book came from a third-grader.  “My son’s elementary school is undergoing major construction right now,” Lindsay explains.  “A couple of years ago, in preparation for the school overhaul, the building design consultants asked my son’s third-grade class what they wanted to put in their new school library.  My son’s friend raised his hand and said, ‘a hot tub.’  The idea was born, and I ran with it.  I felt that moment was similar to what kids experience while reading books—complete freedom to create whatever images they want in their mind to go along with the narrative.”

So You Want to Build a Library is set to be published by Capstone in the fall of 2021.