Publications and Imagination Works

Doubleday Publications

Herbert and Russell published two books with Anchor Books, part of the Doubleday publishing company: I See a Child in 1974 and Everychild's Everyday in 1980. Both books focus on the creative and emotional needs of a child. While I See a Child is geared towards teachers and instructors, Herbert and Russell designed Everychild's Everyday for parents and guardians.  Herbert recently reflected on this partnership

"Susan did not just illustrate the books written by herself or others. The visuals made their own statement that complemented the words. For example, when I wrote I See a Child for Doubleday (1974), Susan wanted to show the beauty, complexity and strength of children through grainy, high-contrast photographs. The New York visual editor wanted the book to have “sweet” images of children and told Susan their presses were not able to print her photos. Susan had a San Antonio printer create several pages of the book and sent them to New York to show them how easy it was to use her photos. Susan won that battle and the book has poetic writing that gives voice to the ideas and emotions of children and Susan’s visuals provide just the right layer that illuminates empowered children in action. The second book for Doubleday, Everychild’s Everyday (1980), was actually first conceived visually by Russell, and I provided words as needed for each section —lists of questions,poems, suggestions to parents, etc. Because of this, I insisted that Russell be listed as co-author."

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LAL at North Star Mall in San Antonio.


Kid Concern Inc. and Neiman Marcus

Russell and Monday had complementary strengths, worked hand in hand on visual projects and products, as they concurrently developed their own areas within the organization. While Monday led the development of the Idea Workshop, Russell oversaw product development for a retail world, featured at Neiman Marcus, specialty shops and the LAL Idea Workshop.

Together, they created commercial versions of the Me Book, Neighborhood Explorer and many others. They designed new packaging for the “beautiful trash” exercise and other interactive materials for children to work with.

The vision was to develop a viable retail market that could contribute to funding of the community based programming and applied academic research activities.