In a style uniquely her own, Yuyi Morales has created for Bookshelf readers a behind-the-scenes look at how her new picture book, Bright Star (also available in Spanish as Lucero), came to be. The 15 pictures below capture her three-year journey from initial idea to finished book. Scroll on to get a glimpse inside the six-time Pura Belpré Award winner’s creative process.

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, $18.99 Sept. 7 ISBN 978-0-8234-4328-4