The Book Factory

How books get made & who helps make them

Series 2 | Lesson 11

Creators | Susannah Chambers & Sasha Beekman

In this lesson, Sasha and Susannah will tell us about just some of the people who help make books into real objects.

And we’ll learn all about how a book goes from an idea, to a shiny finished copy that you can hold in your hands.

Key Concepts:

  • The role of a book publishing house
  • The people who work for a publisher, and what they look for in a manuscript


  • From manuscript to printing, and all the surprising steps in between, dive into the book-making process

Resources for Book Factory

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

ST Series 2 Lesson 11 Education Resources
  • An illustrated poster to show who does what inside a publishing house.
  • A calendar to create your very own publishing program!
  • Inside Publishing quiz – how much do you know about the people who make books?
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About Researching for Book Factory

Susannah Chambers

Susannah Chambers is a writer for children, and a publisher of children’s books at Albert Street Books, Allen & Unwin.

She grew up in Aireys Inlet, and now lives in Melbourne with her partner, young son, and very silly dog.

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Sasha Beekman

Sasha Beekman is a Thai-born writer who grew up in Darwin, NT.

Sasha has an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University.

Her fascination with the moon began from an early age, and When You’re Going to the Moon is her first picture book.

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