Teaching children the alphabet

Please forward this error screen to 209. I’m working on choosing final images teaching children the alphabet will go in my book Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Images are critical for a nonfiction book like this. One part of the book includes a chapter about the archaeological dig that is taking place in the Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon.

I want to include photos of volunteers working there and there are some great images to choose from. But each photo needs to meet a list of factors for it to work for the book. This is a photo of me working the sifter during the dig. While it does fit the text of the book it is more important to use images of other volunteers. I took this photo, but it isn’t the right choice to be in the book.

Other images are better and will carry more weight. Photos take up a lot of real estate in a book, so each image must carry it’s weight and be worth the space. The photo needs to either add a deeper understanding to what I’ve written or give a platform to use more information in the caption to get across information that didn’t fit within the text. It matters what is in the background of the pic.