Thursday, September 21, 2017

Color Wonder Chiêu Anh Urban and a PRIZE!

Maybe you've gathered by now that I love bright, beautiful colors. Chieu Anh Urban uses beautifully bright colors in her board books. I remember when Chieu Anh had a book launch party for "Here We Go". The party looked like so much fun, and the activities she had in later posted were awesome. I quickly learned that Chieu Anh's blog was the place to go to find ideas for any kind of party!

Chieu Anh's most recent book is "Color Wonder Hooray for Spring". "Color Wonder Winter is Here" will be released next month and "Quiet as a Mouse and Other Animal Idioms "will be released January 2018

Be sure to check the end of this post for a PRIZE!


Dani: How did you get started creating board books?

Chiêu Anh: When my now college girls were in preschool, I thought it would be a neat idea to put together an interactive story book to teach them about colors and color mixing. I enjoyed the process so much, and wanted to design more interactive formats that are fun and educational.

Dani: What's something that people may not know about creating board books?

Chiêu Anh: There are several variations of board books. Successful picture book titles are often published into board book formats. Licensed board books with brand characters, such as Disney, are popular. Original board books are a bit tougher to pitch, and usually written and illustrated by the same creator. Novelty board books include special features, such as lift-the-flaps, die-cuts, and touch-and-feel.

Dani: How difficult is it to create a board book and what challenges do you face?

Chiêu Anh: I specialize in novelty board books, and love developing inventive and unique formats. These features which make a book fun and interactive are also expensive to produce. It’s challenging and important to balance a great concept and format idea with reasonable production costs.

Dani: What would you say to someone wanting to create board books?

Chiêu Anh: Go for it! Think about what makes your work unique from board books currently on the market. If your idea is a novelty format, put together a dummy and see how the novelty elements interact and add to your concept.

Do you have any last bits of advice for those wanting to create their own board book dummy?

Chiêu Anh: Check out the bookstore and see what is currently on the market. Visit your local library and read up on more board books titles. Board books are for the youngest readers; get a sense of the different art styles and how they add to the story concept. Have fun! Creating books to delight the youngest readers is very rewarding.


Chiêu Anh Urban is a published author, illustrator, graphic designer, and format designer who specializes in developing innovative formats and interactive books for the very young.​ ​Chiêu’s forthcoming projects include Color Wonder Winter is Here!, and Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms. She is the creator of Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!, Away We Go! and the author of Raindrops: A Shower of Colors. Visit her website at and connect with her Facebook.



Chieu Anh Urban is giving out two copies of "Color Wonder Hooray for Spring" 

If you would like to receive a copy of one of these books please tell Cheiu Anh how much you like her post below!


  1. Your work is amazing...its a perfect blend of design, color and subject. Your books are now on my 'must have' list. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Chiêu Anh, your board books are appealing with bright, simple designs. The printable activities on your website are delightful.

  3. What beautiful works! It is obvious that you put a lot of thought and love! into these charming books! Thank you for sharing your vision with us!

  4. Your books are so eye-catching, Chieu Anh! Thanks for sharing. I love the geode cake that you and your daughter made!

  5. The simplicity of the graphics is perfect. Talk about "show, don't tell"!

  6. Bright, colorful, wonderful! 😊

  7. I've never thought about creating board books. but maybe I'll play with some ideas.

  8. Thank you for sharing Chieu Anh! I appreciate the advice on how to create for the youngest readers. Your board books look amazing. :)

  9. good pointers on board books and being aware of production issues! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Thank you for the fun interview Dani, and thank you all for checking it out. :)