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At Starry Dog Books we specialise in packaging children's 

non-fiction titles for international ​co-edition publishers.

We provide a fast, friendly, creative and cost-effective service. Working across the spectrum of children's titles, we create pre-school board books, activity and novelty titles, high-quality illustrated reference books and encyclopaedias for publishers.


    About us    

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Nick Leggett


Give Nick nothing more than a title and a brief and he can create for you a fun, accessible and stylish layout design. Alternatively, throw him a couple of sample spreads and he'll apply your style to a new title or series. With an infallible eye for a good image, Nick has a knack for using photos and illustrations to maximum effect. He also has a great rapport with the many illustrators, photographers and model makers on his go-to list of freelances. 

Vicky Egan

Project manager, editor and picture researcher

Vicky is a highly experienced project manager, editor and picture researcher. She is skilled at making the text work alongside the illustrations to achieve a clear, easy-to-follow narrative. She also loves to picture research the perfect images for a project, and will go the extra mile to source an obscure subject. Vicky will make sure your project is delivered on time and in tip-top shape ready for publication in UK and US English.    

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    Our services    

You've come up with a great concept and now you need presentation spreads and sales material - fast! Let us take the strain for you. Give us a brief and we'll create exciting and innovative layouts for you to take to the book fairs. 


Your presentation layouts are 'good to go' and now you need the book creating... We are happy to run with your designs and project manage your title through to print-ready files. Need authors and illustrators? We are happy to commission them for you or to use your own trusted pool of creatives. We will manage photo research, design page layouts, edit text, fact check and commission proofreaders, indexers and Americanisers. 


We 'get' tight deadlines and will turn things around fast to keep the project on schedule.

Full book package and project management

• photographers • model makers • paper engineers • authors • illustrators • picture agencies

• consultants • proofreaders • indexers

We have a brilliant pool of freelances to draw from and are happy to put together a crack team to get your project expertly made. 

We work with the best

If you just need an editor, Vicky will be very happy to work with your author and in-house team, editing, fitting and fact-checking the text. She has a wealth of experience in editing children's
non-fiction titles on a wide range of subjects. She is also happy to write synopses, devise content and draw up flat plans for new titles.

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If you just need design work or art direction, Nick will be happy to work alongside your in-house team to create visually exciting layouts and covers.

Just drop Nick a line!


Do you need pictures? We can source exciting images on any subject – from Monet to motor homes, dinosaurs to diggers, volcanoes to Weimaraners. 
We work with a wide range of fabulous photo agencies, and are also happy to source photos from manufacturing companies and other less usual sources.

Picture research

Do you have a brilliant idea that you just don't have the time or resources to follow through on?
Let us do it for you. Drop us your 'sketch on the back of an envelope' and we'll develop it into presentation layouts and sales material to your spec.

Presentation work
Archive re-use


Do you have an archive of material gathering virtual dust? Show us what you've got and we'll find ways to re-use it with a twist!

Studio photography


We have a small photographic studio equipped with specialist lighting for occasional photo shoots. Photo commissions have included two titles on paper planes and a book of magic tricks using child models.

our Work

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We make all kinds of fun activity books.
Click on the images to find out more...


Can we help to grow your list of reference books?

Click on the images for examples of titles we have made.

Starry Dog Books Ltd
2 Somerye
Chuck-a-Cheese Lane

Tel: 01548 580698
or 07862 223656 (mobile)


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Find us in beautiful South Devon
two miles from the sea!

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