Episode 139: Behind The Books #6 (Book Designer)

January 10, 2024

In episode 139 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Behind The Books #6: Meet The Book Designer

 In this special summer mini-series, Allison takes you behind the books and behind the scenes of the Australian children’s publishing world.

 In this final episode, she chats to award-winning book designer and illustrator Astred Hicks about what makes a successful book cover, tips for budding book designers, and one often overlooked aspect of great book design.

About Astred Hicks


Astred HicksAstred Hicks is a highly-awarded and best-selling Sydney-based, Australian book designer and illustrator.

Her distinctive work for Australian and international publishing houses includes fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction and children’s non-fiction.

More about Astred Hicks

Astred’s recommendations

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Astred’s favourite book cover

Book cover Astred Hicks


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