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You've written a book, dissertation, or thesis; you've passed out from joy and woken up! Now, you need to write a dedication to that person (or those people) who made it all possible. 

You want the thesis or book dedication to be meaningful, but how can you make it work? You have lots of options, from simple to complex and from informal to formal.

Read on to discover how you can write the perfect dedication, whether it is a dedication to a friend, parent, child, or someone else.

Tips for Writing a Dedication Page

A dedication is usually a single sentence at the beginning of a book, thesis, or dissertation that offers the work to someone who inspired you or helped you with it. It's a short statement but one that can be very personal.

Here’s an example of a dedication for a thesis: 

Dedication Example

Before diving into the dedication examples below, you should keep a few things in mind: 

There's no right or wrong way to write a dedication sentence. Who you thank and how you thank them can and should be personal.

If the list of people you need to thank is long, you can use your Acknowledgments section to pay tribute to as many people as you'd like.

Everyone who reads your book, thesis, or dissertation will see your dedication page. Be aware of the impact that your dedication will have. 

Be brief. Dedication sentences should be short and to the point. 

Check out How to Write a Dedication for more writing help.

Formal and Informal Dedication Examples

Informal and simple dedication.

This one goes to you, Mom.

Formal and simple dedication

This is for my mother.

Informal and complex dedication

This is for my dad. Thanks for teaching me how to make casserole and for all those laughs.

Formal and complex dedication

I dedicate this to my sister, who was always there for me, even on the tough days.

Informal dedication with an anecdote

To Rebecca. Thank you for getting us lost in Mexico and eventually getting us found. Keep leading the way. 

Formal dedication with an anecdote

I dedicate this to Kimberly Marsh, for her outpouring of support when Charlie was hospitalized. Her steadfast commitment, love, and dedication will not be forgotten. 

Informal dedication in memoriam

In memory of Chuck Thomas. It was a joy to serve you coffee every Thursday. I'll never forget you.

Formal dedication in memoriam

I dedicate this book to Don Reynolds, who influenced countless people in his too-short time here on earth. I miss you more than words can say. Thank you for believing in my dream. I look forward to the day we meet again. 

Dedication Examples to Different Parties

Book dedication to a child examples.

I dedicate this little book to my children. This one is for you, from me, your loving mother. 

To all my children. I almost named you after the characters in this book. If you can guess which name was almost yours, no complaining. 

To Nate and Jenny. I have nothing but gratitude to you, my children, for reminding me that walking to the beach is just as fun as being there. 

Book dedication examples to a friend

This book is dedicated to Tim. Thanks for encouraging me to write it. 

I dedicate this book to my friend and confidante, Jack Millhouse. He was the first person to encourage me to try. 

To Melissa R., for being a dedicated reader through all those rounds of revision. This one is for you. 

Book dedication to parents examples

To my parents. Thanks for keeping the interest rates low on everything I owe you. 

I dedicate this to my parents, for your constant love and support. 

This one is for my parents. Thanks for trying. 

Whether you are dedicating a thesis or a book to a friend or a family member, our examples can help you draft a dedication that both you and your dedicatee are proud of. 

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Dedication, acknowledgements, & preface

Dedication, Acknowledgements, and Preface sections are all optional pages. But, what is the difference between these three?

Dedication — A personal tribute to someone or a group of people. Example: "To my parents."

Acknowledgements — A professional tribute to a person or people who helped you with the thesis. Example: "I wish to thank my thesis advisor for the hours of help in the lab making sure the experiments were set up properly and guiding me through the thesis process."

Preface ( sometimes confused with Foreward or Prologue ) — A very rarely included section that details why you are qualified to write about your topic of your thesis or why you became interested in the topic (for example, an anecdote about a childhood incident that led you to become interested in the topic). Do not confuse this with the literature review; this is more of a personal story.

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How To Write A Book Dedication (With Examples)

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What Is a Book Dedication?

A book dedication is a way for authors to bestow a high honor on a person (or small group of people) they want to praise or otherwise spotlight. It’s not fundamentally different than dedicating anything else, like a ship or a monument.

The dedication usually goes on the dedication page, which is in the very front of the book, after the Title page.

Who Can an Author Dedicate Their Book To?

Anyone they like. A dedication section is short and usually focused on one person (or specific group of people). It’s usually personal, rather than professional.

Here are the categories of people that are common focuses of a book dedication:

  • Family members (spouse, children, siblings, parents)
  • Close friends
  • People impacted by the book or featured in it
  • The readers of the book
  • Inspirational or supportive figures in one’s life
  • People the author wants to highlight in some way

Do You Need to Dedicate Your Book?

No. Most authors dedicate their books, but it’s not required or mandatory.

How to Dedicate Your Book

1. decide who will be the focus.

Think about the people to whom you want to dedicate this work. Who was the most important person? The seminal influence? The people you care the most about?

Many people write their book dedication to a child or dedicate their book to a friend who’s impacted their creative process. There’s no magic formula. This should be short and sweet, and there are no wrong answers. You are expressing a personal sentiment, so only you can decide.

The worst thing you can do is get stuck on it. Either do it or don’t. If you decide to have one, don’t fret over it. Go with your gut. Anyone you leave out can be thanked in the Acknowledgments (which goes at the end of the book).

2. Remember: Everyone Who Reads the Book Will See This

As the dedication is at the beginning of a book (on the dedication page), many of the readers will read it and be influenced by it. Think not just about the person or people named in the book dedication, but also about all of the readers who will pass by this page and be impacted. Make a conscious choice about what you want that impact to be (if any).

And yes, though everyone will see it, no one but the person you mention will remember it. Want proof? Name your favorite book dedication. Chances are you can’t name one.

3. Make It Short—It’s Not the Acknowledgements

In contrast to an Acknowledgments section , the dedication should be short and to the point. You should not mention everyone who contributed to the book’s creation.

That is what the Acknowledgements is for (if you want).  

4. Review Book Dedication Examples (if needed)

The easiest way to get examples of a book dedication is to pick up any book on your shelf and look at the selection. Almost every book has a dedication, so you can find endless examples.

Most of them as very basic and simple, something like this:

For my wife Megan and children, Ava, Jaxon, and Elle.

George R. R. Martin, who wrote the Game Of Thrones series, has a unique dedication in A Song of Ice and Fire:

For Phyllis, who made me put the dragons in.

This concise line holds enormous depth for both the readers and the person mentioned. If you’ve read the books or seen “Game of Thrones”, you’d know that dragons and the fantasy world they represent were a big part of the appeal. To imagine the book without them would be nearly impossible. Phyllis clearly played a big role in the creation of this piece (it’s also an inside joke for fans).

Here’s the dedication that C. S. Lewis wrote to his goddaughter in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe:

My dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather,

C. S. LEWIS

This book was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Novels ever written, and yet he wrote it for his goddaughter. This dedication gives real substance to the book, and the author, before you even dive in.

This next example is a short-and-sweet dedication from a book I co-wrote with Dr. Geoffrey Miller:

To our 17-year-old former selves, and to Bishop, Atalanta, and all the sons and daughters who deserve the great relationships we want for them.

Neil Gaiman’s fans often look forward to his dedications, because they are so colorful, and in some cases, even part of the book. For example, from his book Anansi Boys:

You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not you.

Not this time.

Because we haven’t yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven’t seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other…

This one’s for you.

With you know what, and you probably know why.

The dedication at for The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is somewhat famous:

TO LEON WERTH

I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up. I have a serious reason: he is the best friend I have in the world. I have another reason: this grown-up understands everything, even books about children. I have a third reason: he lives in France where he is hungry and cold. He needs cheering up. If all these reasons are not enough, I will dedicate the book to the child from whom this grown-up grew. All grown-ups were once children—although few of them remember it. And so I correct my dedication:

TO LEON WERTH WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY

Charles Bukowski in his book Post Office plays off the banal nature of most dedications by saying this:

This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.

There is a book called The Selection by Kiera Cass that has gotten some notoriety online with this book dedication:

Hi, Dad! *waves*

5. Write Your Book Dedication

The number one thing to keep in mind is that there is NO specific formula for this. The dedication is one of the most personal sections in the book, and it’s up to you to decide how you want to use it.

What’s inside of your book is more important, and getting it out into the world is the MOST important thing.

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How to Write a Dedication for a Thesis or Dissertation?

Writing a dedication page for your thesis or dissertation is a great way to honor the people who have supported you throughout the journey of your research and writing. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about writing a dedication page for your thesis or dissertation. From formatting it to what you can include, we’ll run through all of the details to help you write your dedication page with confidence and gratitude.

What is a dedication page?

In academic writing (as well as book writing), the dedication page is where you can honor the people who have inspired or emotionally support you throughout your research and writing in a personal manner.

The dedication page is an optional section in a thesis or dissertation when it comes to academic writing.

Why should I include a dedication page in my writing?

The dedication page is not mandatory in most academic writing.

However, by paying tributes to the individuals or even the higher power who meant the most to you, you attach meaning to your work beyond the academic level.

A song is merely a song with lyrics, and that’s that. But if the same song is dedicated to someone, it will certainly entail special meanings to those who are dedicated and the dedicator (yourself). In other words, dedication serves to connect your work with the people who mean the most to you.

The same goes for your work. Do you agree?

Where does the dedication page appear in a paper?

The dedication page should appear before the main body of a thesis or dissertation. But every institution has its own requirements. You should always check the formatting guidelines provided by your school, faculty or department.

For this matter, we took a quick tour of the formatting guidelines for the top three universities in the US. And we’ve already found 3 variations.

How long is a dedication page?

A dedication page can be as short as one sentence, if not in a few short paragraphs.

Who should I include on the dedication page?

In academic writings, the dedication page is where you can show your gratitude to the individuals (and even the higher power) who have inspired you or emotionally support you on a personal level throughout your work. 

They may or may not involve in your research work. You may include:

  • God or the higher power

What is the formatting of a dedication page?

Always check the formatting guidelines provided by your school, faculty, or department.

As a general rule, the title, as well as the text, should be aligned in the center of the page like this:

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What is the tone and style of a dedication page?

The tone of the dedication page can be formal or informal. It can be personal, sometimes even emotional and spiritual.

Formal phases to begin a dedication:

*Work: thesis/dissertation/report/research

This [work] is dedicated to…

Example: This project is dedicated to Mr. Smith, our teacher who helped and guided us to successfully complete this work.

I dedicate this [work] to…

Example: I dedicate this thesis to my father and my mother, who with love and effort have accompanied me in this process, without hesitating at any moment of seeing my dreams come true, which are also their dreams

I am dedicating this [work] to…

Example: I am dedicating this thesis to my late grandfather who taught me all about perseverance. His memories continue to keep me going in every single day of my life

Informal phases to begin a dedication:

Example: For my Almighty God, the reason for my existence.

Example: To Bruno, who has been my support in the difficulties.

Example: To my dearest wife Jenny, to my lovely little girl Jin, to my parents, to my brothers William, John and Paul, and to all those who made this thesis possible.

The dedication page vs the acknowledgement page, what’s the difference?

While both the dedication page and acknowledgement page let you show appreciation for the help and support in your research and writing, there are some major similarities and differences between the two.

Dedication in academic writing

On a dedication page, you honor a particular group of people or an individual for inspiring or motivating you for completing the project or paper. It can be personal, emotional, or even spiritual and does not necessarily have anything to do with the academic aspects.

You dedicate your research work to the people who mean the most to you, such as the higher power, your core family members, a particular individual, friends, or someone who has a special role in your life.

Acknowledgment in academic writing

In acknowledgments, you recognize resources (e.g. grants or funding), institutions as well as individuals that are involved or have support in the course of your research and writing. These parties directly play a role in your academic career. Here, you disclose as much academic-related information as possible.

The Similarities

These sections, usually optional, should be no longer than one page.

Depending on the requirements of school or academic department, they can appear before or after the table of contents in your paper.

The Differences

The key difference between acknowledgement and dedication is that the former is more formal and the latter is more personal.

Acknowledgement usually recognizes the contributions of those who were directly involved in the research, whereas dedications are a way for the writer to pay tribute to individuals who have had a significant personal or emotional impact on their life or work.

It is common for people to dedicate their writing to God or another higher power who they believe provided them with spiritual support during the writing process.”

Here’s a brief comparison table showing the main differences between the two:

If you want to check out examples of dedication for projects, reports, theses, dissertations, and books, also read: Examples of Well-Written Dedication Section

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How To Write A Unique Book Dedication Page + 11 Examples

Dedicating a book to someone is a big deal.

And since you’ve no idea whether your current work in progress will be your last, you want this one to count. 

We all make mistakes, whether it’s a TMI blog post , an impulse tattoo, or something else.

Some of us just postpone the regret until after we’ve published the evidence. 

We’ve got some ideas to prevent your book dedication page from being on that list.

Read on for a detailed how-to and some must-read examples. 

What Is The Dedication Page in a Book? 

What’s the difference between a book dedication and acknowledgments , 1. make a list of people, groups, or things you’re considering for the dedication. , 2. brainstorm some example dedications with people from this list. , 3. make your dedication personal — and as cryptic as you like. , 4. remember your target audience. , 5. read plenty of examples. , 6. once you choose your subject, try a variety of different dedications. , 7. choose one and try it out for a week or so. , book dedication to child examples, children’s book dedication examples, dedication to parents examples, book dedication examples to a friend, assorted funny dedication examples.

At its essence, the dedication is a personal note from the author to someone important to them. If you dedicate your book to someone, you show your reader that this person or this group holds a special place for you. 

That’s true even if your dedication is sarcastic or tongue-in-cheek. Something about that someone (or group of someone) makes them important enough to call out in one of the first pages of your book . 

We hope it’s something you enjoy remembering. 

Dedication pages in books are similar in some ways to the credits an author might include on the Acknowledgements page, but there are key differences between the two. 

Dedications are generally short and focused on one particular tribute. They also don’t have to address someone involved in the book’s creation. 

Acknowledgment pages typically include a varied list of people or groups who helped make the book, along with anyone else the author wants to acknowledge for their help or support. 

How to Write a Book Dedication Page 

Writing the best book dedications involves a process, even if you don’t consciously recognize using one. What seems like a stroke of inspiration is usually the product of behind-the-scenes creative development. 

With that in mind, use the following steps to create a book dedication you won’t regret.

Start a list of people and things you appreciate. Brainstorm a list of at least ten possible subjects for your book’s dedication. Here are some ideas: 

  • Your spouse/partner and/or children
  • Your parents or one parent
  • Another family member
  • Your editor
  • Your book cover designer
  • Your mentor
  • Your best friend
  • Your favorite actor/celebrity crush 
  • Your favorite teacher/college professor
  • Your therapist

You can keep going. Jot down whatever or whoever comes to mind. Some of them will feel like better candidates than others. But we’re not there yet. 

Pick a few of the candidates from your list and free-write some dedications — a few for each of them. 

Play with different approaches but keep in mind the reasons why this person or group made it to your list. Include that. 

People like to know why you’re grateful for them. It’s nice to hear, “You make my life better.” But it’s far more powerful to hear how you make someone’s life better: 

  • “You challenge me in ways no one ever has.”
  • “I trust you always to have my back — but also to be honest with me.”
  • “I see in you what I want to create in myself.” 

The secret ingredient in every powerful dedication is vulnerability. 

The tone of your dedication will probably depend on which subject you ultimately choose. But be genuine with your words – even if you’re keeping it light or using an inside joke that no one else will understand. 

No one else needs to. Even readers who don’t know what you’re talking about can pick up on the clues that you’re being vulnerable with someone important to you. 

The person or group you’re dedicating your book to has a backstage pass to your true self. You’re under no obligation to give that to everyone who reads your book. 

Just give them a peek. 

Remember that, even if your dedication is cryptic or “safe,” your target readers will see it. You don’t have to pretend to be someone else for them, but you do need to remember that they’ve taken time out of their day to read your book. 

All we’re asking is that you remember to be kind. Be considerate of the readers you’re hoping to attract — the people you’re addressing with your book. 

The dedication is part of that. And it’s one of the first things your reader will notice. 

Share a bit of yourself. Offer them a glimpse into the personality behind the book. Use the dedication as another way to help your book stand out from the competition. 

Look through the Kindle book previews on Amazon — or any eBook previews available with online booksellers — and check out the dedication pages. Spend some time exposing yourself to different kinds of dedication messages from various authors. 

You’ll probably remember only a few of them, but those are the ones that will stand out for some reason. Ask yourself why. See if you can explain it in your own words. 

The better you can articulate that special ingredient, the easier it is to use it in your own writing. Imagine your readers saying, “I was curious about this book already, but the dedication cinched it for me.” 

Have you ever felt like that?

It’s decision time. Go with your gut and choose the subject of your book’s dedication. 

Then brainstorm a list of possible dedication messages for them. Try a variety of different tones or focal points. 

Try cryptic. Try off the wall. Try serious. Try everything you can think of. 

Just get the ideas out onto a page, so you can make that list and see how it feels to write (or type out) each one. What you’re feeling can strongly indicate whether a particular message is a good idea for your book. 

This is not the time to self-edit, though. Ditch the filter and just see what comes out. 

Once you’ve settled on a dedication message from your unfiltered list, make whatever changes you need to get it just the way you want it. 

Then add it to your book’s manuscript and just sit with it for a week or so. Make sure you read it every time you get back to your book — for writing , editing, formatting, or whatever. 

Read it out loud, too. Listen to your own voice as you read it. How does it sound to you? 

If you feel a need to change it in some way, go ahead. Then sit with that revision for a bit to make sure you still like it days later. 

11 Dedication Page Examples 

Since we’re encouraging you to read lots of examples of dedications by other authors, it’s only fair to include some in this post. The following may or may not inspire your book’s dedication. We hope they at least provide some entertainment. 

#1 — from Skullduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landry

The author’s tongue-in-cheek tribute to his nieces makes this a memorable dedication. It’s longer than most of the others, but it doesn’t waste a word. 

Skullduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landry

#2 — from Graduate Texts In Mathematics – An Introduction To Algebraic Topology by Joseph J. Rotman

The author dedicates his book to the most important people in his life while acknowledging that his responsibilities to them delayed the book’s creation. It’s both a gentle joke at their expense and a reminder that, ultimately, they come first. 

Graduate Texts In Mathematics – An Introduction To Algebraic Topology by Joseph J. Rotman

#3 — from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This gentle note to Lucy (after which he named one of the most important characters in the story) from the author is a token of his affectionate regard for his goddaughter. 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

#4 — from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

In this message, the author charmingly asks the indulgence of his young readers as he dedicates his book to a significant adult in his life.

In this way, he shows his affection for the children who will enjoy the story he’s written for them while acknowledging the child in the person to whom he dedicates his work.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

#5 — from Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

This honest and endearing dedication makes the author instantly relatable to all readers who can picture themselves saying the same thing to their parents. It could be a reference to an ongoing conversation with his mother — or just a gentle “I told you so.” 

Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

#6 — from a book by Judd Apatow

Readers who can relate to having lifelong mental health issues that started with the parent-child relationship are already nodding their heads. And as Brené Brown says, one of the most powerful phrases in the English language is “Me, too.”

from a book by Judd Apatow

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#7 — from No Way Back by Matthew Klein

It’s not everyone who is willing to dedicate a book with explicit sexual content to their mother. Klein does, with a relatable caveat. And he can probably guess at her reaction. 

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#8 — from Skullduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landry

For this book, Landry dedicates his work to his “best friend and muse,” whom he calls out as the only person on Earth who doesn’t find him funny.

Landry devotes the page to an affectionate, if back-handed, tribute to a friend who was the inspiration for one of his key characters. 

from Skullduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landry

#9 — from Spindle by E.K. Johnston

Right away, fans of Settlers of Catan will note this dedication to a friend who did the game dirty.

Maybe Rachel had the best intentions, but her offense must henceforth be known to every reader of his book. On the plus side, she and the author can still be friends.

Spindle by E.K. Johnston

#10 — from The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual by Omar Akbar

For this dedication, the author speaks directly to his target audience in a way that tells them he knows (firsthand) their pain. As an author writing the kind of book he wished he had when he was starting out as a teacher, he knows all about the job’s downsides. 

from The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual by Omar Akbar

#11 — from The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman dedicates this book to his readers to embrace all of them, whatever their connection to him and whether or not they’ll ever meet face-to-face. 

He starts by acknowledging a familiar source of disappointment and then does what he can to rectify it with gentle humor and sincere regard. 

from The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Now that you’ve looked through the above examples, we hope you found some inspiration for your own book’s dedication page. Take the steps described above and get started on some of the ideas taking up space in your head. 

Whatever you write — and to whom — we hope it makes you smile every time you read it.

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30 Great Book Dedication Examples to Inspire Your Own

A book dedication is a note in the front matter that expresses the author's gratitude to someone who may have supported or inspired them. They're often unremarkable ("To mother") but hidden in the first pages of many books are flashes of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it brilliance. 

Knowing that readers won't always see the dedication pages, authors will sometimes sneak in little secrets or jokes aimed at their friends, colleagues, or critics. Sometimes, this may be the only part of the book where the writer will let their true personality shine through. Let's look at some book dedication examples to appreciate the variety of approaches writers take.

1. EE Cummings’s “no thanks” to publishers

The dedication to EE Cummings’ 1935 poetry collection No Thanks  is, in fact, an anti-dedication:

EE Cummings dedication: No thanks to Farrar & Rinehart, Smith & Haas, Simon & Schuster, Viking Press, etc

After being rejected by 14 different publishers, Cummings eventually self-published the collection with the help of his mother — but couldn’t resist a jab in the dedication of the volume.

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2. Derek Landy’s note to his editor

In the dedication to his fifth book in his kid’s fantasy series, Mortal Coil , author Derek Landy leaves a tongue-in-cheek note for his long standing book editor , Nick Lake:

This book is dedicated, with great reluctance, to my editor, Nick Lake, because he is forcing me to. Personally, I would have liked to include Gillie Russell and Michael Stearns who, along with Nick, really welcomed me into the publishing world with my first book. Unfortunately, because Nick is now my sole editor, he has threatened to edit this dedication down to an unrecognisable mess of blacked-out lines, and so as a result this dedication is to him, and him alone. Personally I think that this shows a staggering amount of █████ and █████, which proves that Nick is nothing but a █████ ████ ██████ with █████ for ████, but hey, that's just my personal opinion. Here, Nick. You finally get a book dedicated to you. Hope you're █████ happy. █████ (Editor's note: Nick Lake is a great guy.)

The Skulduggery Pleasant author does a great line of iconic dedications (you’ll spot more than one in this list). 

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3. Kiera Cass’ note to Dad

From Kiera Cass' young adult novel The Selection:

Hi, Dad! *waves*

It’s traditional to thank parents and loved ones with your dedication, and author Cass keeps the dedication to her debut   short and very, very sweet.

4. Jennifer Armintrout’s attempt to make amends

This is the tongue-in-cheeck dedication to indie author Jennifer Armintrout's Veil of Shadows:   

This book is dedicated to all the family members who were angry that I dedicated the last book to someone who won the dedication in a Twitter contest.

Armintrout made a smart marketing move by using a contest to win her book’s dedication as a way to build her author platform — much to the chagrin of her family. Luckily, she made it up to them in the long run.

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5. Shannon Hale’s celebrity shoutout

Many authors thank celebrities that they’ve found inspirational in the dedication of their book. Austenland author Shannon Hale takes a slightly different approach:

Shannon Hale book description: For Colin Firth, You're a really great guy, but I'm married, so I think we should just be friends.

It’s worth a shot, right?

6. Tom Crewe’s fulfillment of a promise

In the  historical fiction novel The New Life,  Tom Crewe leaves a cryptic note to a departed friend:

For John and Deborah, my parents. And for Angela Baker (1942-2013), in fulfilment of a promise.

He explains the touching story in the book’s acknowledgements: “My school English teacher, Angela Baker, saw something in me that I was too young to see for myself. When she retired (I was twelve), I gave her a letter promising that if I ever wrote a book, I would dedicate it to her. I so wish she could have seen it.”

7. Kendare Blake’s school visit

Many authors take up speaking engagements at schools to spread the word about their work — and inspire the next generation of writers. In the dedication to Mortal Gods , Kendare Blake mentions one particular school, and one particularly plucky student:

For the students of Lyons Township High School in Illinois. Because that kid in the back row asked.

The definition of “don’t ask, don’t get.”

She actually gives another shoutout in book 3 of the same series, Ungodly :

To Athena and Izzy, the two coolest teens at the Centralia Library.

If you’re a children’s or YA author, heading into schools and libraries and getting to know your young readers is one of the best things you can do to market your children’s book . Even better if you’re generous enough to dedicate a book to your new friends!

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8. Derek Landy’s rivalry with his cover artist

Another entry from Derek Landy, and another dedication from the Skulduggery Pleasant series (this time The End of the World ):

This book is dedicated to cover artist extraordinaire, Tom Percival. For most people, the cover is the reason they pick up a book in the first place. The amount of correspondence I get proves this, as people go on and on about how the cover caught their eye, made them want to read about a skeleton detective, how the covers are the best things ever, how the covers blah blah blah... I think it's a generally agreed upon fact that I could draw the covers if I really wanted to. I have the raw talent, I have the eye, and I have one year of art college under my belt. And I think Tom knows this, which is why he pushes himself to excel each and every time, why he pushes himself to make these books stand out from the others on the shelf. The threat I pose is important. The threat I pose is a good motivator. Keep pushing yourself, Tom. My time is coming. P.S. You're welcome.

This time, Derek takes aim at his book cover artist Tom Percival. Sure, the covers he produced for Skulduggery were iconic — but are his hard-earned skills any match for delusion?

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9. Douglas Adams’ feedback from Mom

From the introduction to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency :

to my mother, who liked the bit about the horse.

Sometimes, your beta readers can give you invaluable feedback on your manuscript, and can cut through to the core of your story. Sometimes, they just like the bit with the horse. 

10. Peter T. Leeson’s proposal

Who knew a nonfiction book could teach us so much about romance? Academic Peter T. Leeson took the opportunity to use the dedication to his tome The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates to ask one very important question:

Peter Leeson dedication: Ania, will you marry me?

Let’s hope Ania didn’t skip ahead!

11. Sean Danker’s catch-all dedication

Another short and sweet dedication, this time from Sean Danker’s Enjoying Admiral:

For everyone who only hears from me when I need something.

This is a lesson that a book dedication can be a great, low-effort way to return a favor. 

12. Juan Goytislo’s powerful statement

Spanish author Juan Goytislo's dedication to the novel Makbara is a thought-provoking one:

To those who inspired it and will not read it.

There are times when an interaction or individual will leave a profound impact on us, but this feeling isn’t necessarily reciprocated, and Goytislo sums this up perfectly .

13. Charles Bukowski’s disclaimer

From Bukowski's debut novel:

This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.

Post Office is widely acknowledged to be a work of autofiction, and is in effect a memoir of Bukowski’s own time working as a mail carrier. But — perhaps due to its lead’s less-than-flattering portrayal — Bukowski took the opportunity in the book’s front matter to deny the story was his own, leading to this iconic dedication.

14. Ben Philippe’s reflection on what could have been 

The hilarious dedication to Ben Philippe’s The Field Guide to the North American Teenager went viral:

Ben Phillippe's book dedication: To my mother, Belzie: I would have made a terrible doctor, mom. People would have died.

“If I ever wrote a book it was always going to be dedicated to my mom,” Philippe said . 

Philippe explains that he wanted to write a humorous dedication to include the readers in the joke. “The rest of the blurb was honestly just something pithy because I tend to dislike first name dedications. They always feel like a private joke I’m intruding on as a reader. ‘To John’... ‘To Giselle’...I’m always left wondering if Giselle was a governess or a Parisian lover.”

15. Salman Rushdie’s cryptic acrostic

Salman Rushdie’s book of magical realist short stories, Haroun and the Sea of Stories , was written when he was in hiding. The dedication to the collection is hidden in plain sight:

Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu: All our dream-worlds may come true. Fairy lands are fearsome too. As I wander far from view. Read, and bring me home to you.

This acrostic poem spells out the name of his son, Zafar, who the book is dedicated to despite their separation. The cryptic nature of this book’s dedication also serves as a subtle prologue , introducing the theme of magic. 

16. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's sweet message to a friend

From  The Little Prince :

To Leon Worth. I ask the forebearance of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up. My first and most serious reason is that he is the best friend I have in the world. My second reason is that this grown-up understands everything, even books about children. And my third reason is that he lives in France where he is hungry and cold. He needs cheering up. If all these reasons and not enough, I will dedicated the book to the little bou from whom this grown-up grew. All grown-ups were children once — although few of them remember it. And so I correct my dedication: To Leon Worth when he was a little boy.

As the author points out, you’d expect the dedication to   one of the most iconic children’s books of all time to be made out to a child in the author’s life. Instead, de Saint-Exupéry chooses to dedicate it to an adult — but not without an apology to the kids.

17. Lemony Snicket’s dedicated dedications

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books contain a series of heartbreaking dedications to Beatrice, a departed lover:

Lemony Snicket dedications: Several dedications to a departed lover, Beatrice

But before you reach for the tissues, don’t worry; Lemony is not just a pen name , but an entirely fictional creation of the real author, Daniel Handler — and dear Beatrice is fictional, too. 

18. Nelson Demille’s star-studded role call

In his dedication to Wild Fire, thriller writer Nelson Demille takes a pot shot at other authors’ tendency to bring up celebrities in their dedications on thin pretext:

There is a new trend among authors to thank every famous people for inspiration, non-existent assistance, and/or some casual reference to the author’s work. Authors do this to pump themselves up.   So, on the off chance that this is helpful, I wish to thank the following people: the Emperor of Japan and the Queen of England for promoting literacy; William S. Cohen, former secretary of defense, for dropping me a note saying he liked my books, as did his boss, Bill Clinton; Bruce Willis, who called me one day and said, “Hey, you’re a good writer”; Albert Einstein, who inspired me to write about nuclear weapons; General George Armstrong Custer, whose brashness at the Little Bighorn taught me a lesson on judgement; Mikhail Gorbachev, whose courageous actions indirectly led to my books being translated into Russian; Don DeLillo and Joan Didion, whose books are always before and after mine on bookshelves, and whose names always appear before and after mine in almanacs and many lists of American writers—thanks for being there, guys; Julius Caesar, for showing the world that illiterate barbarians can be beaten; Paris Hilton, whose family hotel chain carries my books in their gift shops; and last but not least, Albert II, King of the Belgians, who once waved to me in Brussels as the Royal Procession moved from the Palace to the Parliament Building, screwing up traffic for half an hour, thereby forcing me to kill time by thinking of a great plot to dethrone the King of the Belgians.   There are many more people I could thank, but time, space, and modesty compel me to stop here.

Taking the namedropping cliché to the extreme, Demille’s dedication is a who’s who of famous figures, from Bruce Willis to Julius Caesar. Talk about a dream dinner party.

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19. Agatha Christie’s call to vicarious thrillseekers

From  The Secret Adversary :

Agatha Christie dedication: To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure

A good dedication makes the receiver feel seen, and this dedication does a great job of calling out to its target; those of us who are seeking more from life, and turn to literature to find it. 

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20. Gloria Steinem’s groundbreaking stand

In her memoir My Life on the Road , feminist author Gloria Steinem took the opportunity to thank an important figure in her life:

This book is dedicated to Dr. John Sharpe of London, who in 1957, a decade before physicians in England could legally perform an abortion for any reason other than the health of the woman, took the considerable risk of referring for an abortion a twenty-two-year-old American on her way to India. Knowing only that she had broken an engagement at home to seek an unknown fate, he said, "You must promise me two things. First, you will not tell anyone my name. Second, you will do what you want to do with your life." Dear Dr. Sharpe, I believe you, who knew the law was unjust, would not mind if I say this so long after your death: I've done the best I could with my life. This book is for you.

By making this disarmingly frank confession, Steinem makes a powerful statement about her own politics and the kindness of a stranger who allowed her to pursue the life she wanted without judgment. 

21. Sean Carroll’s tribute to libraries

Sean Carroll’s dedication in The Particle at the End of the Universe :

To Mom, who took me to the library.

Libraries are different things to different people; a sanctuary to get work done, a free daycare, a convenient place to read “kittens for sale” notices. But for most people, especially young children, they’re the breeding ground for a lifelong love of words — something that’s clear from this dedication.

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22. George RR Martin’s thanks for a secret ingredient

Can you imagine A Song of Ice and Fire without the dragons? In another universe, that version exists — but thankfully, not this one. In the dedication to A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin thanks an old friend, Phyllis, for encouraging him to take a calculated risk with his worldbuilding ; one that paid off.

For Phyllis  who made me put the dragons in

If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin’s work, perhaps you’ll want to read his later tribute to Phyllis Eisenstein , who sadly died of COVID-19 in 2020. It’s clear she did a lot more than add the dragons.

23. Hillis Lory’s note to his daughters

In the dedication of Japan’s Military Masters, Hillis Lory takes time to thank the people who matter the most — his children:

Dedicated to two distracting little daughters, Priscilla, four years old, and Nancy, age two, who were no help in writing this book.

While toddlers may not be the most helpful in writing a nonfiction book about the role of the military in Japanese life, they probably gave it their best effort. It’s the thought that counts.

24. Rick Riordan’s non-apology to readers

When in doubt, dedicate your book to your reader:

Rick Riordan dedication: To my wonderful readers; Sorry about that last cliff-hanger. Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA. But, seriously, I love you guys.

Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan dedicated The House of Hades , one of the books in his fantasy series , to his audience. But he couldn’t resist getting the last laugh again.

25. Fonda Lee’s dedication to fellow martial artists

Many authors draw inspiration from their real life, and Fonda Lee took a moment in the dedication for Jade War to thank the real people who inspired elements of her action-infused urban fantasy:

For the martial artists I've trained with and learned from

A classy touch, and one that lets the readers know she knows what she’s talking about!

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26. Isabel Allende’s family tribute

The dedication to  The House of the Spirits:

To my mother, my grandmother, and all the other extraordinary women of this story

This novel is a sprawling family saga, so it’s only fitting that the author took a moment to pay tribute to her own family in her book’s dedication — while also honoring her fictional creations in the same breath. 

27. Paolo Cognetti’s message of gratitude

In the dedication for his coming-of-age tale about boyhood friendship, The Eight Mountains , Paolo Cognetti takes a moment to recognise the real-life friendship that inspired the tale:

This story is for the friend who inspired it, guiding me where there is no path. And for the Faith and Luck that protected it from the start, with all my love.

A dedication can be a great place to find clues regarding whether a story draws on an author’s own experiences, as is clearly the case here.

28. Ruth Ozeki’s touching memorial

Telling the story of a 13-year old boy who has recently lost his father when he begins to hear voices, it’s no wonder that Ruth Ozeki chose to dedicate The Book of Form and Emptiness to her own late father:

For my dad, whose voice still guides me.

A beautiful example of a dedication that speaks to the story to come, and says a lot with very few words.

29. Terry Pratchett’s subtle jab

Revenge is best served in writing, as the dedication to  Maskerade  shows:

My thanks to the people who showed me that opera was stranger than I could imagine. I can best repay their kindness by not mentioning their names here.

Pratchett takes a moment to ironically “thank” friends who opened his eyes to a new form of art — albeit those eyes were closed immediately thereafter.

30. F Scott Fitzgerald’s four iconic words

Despite their tempestuous relationship, F Scott Fitzgerald’s dedication to his wife Zelda in The Great Gatsby is as succinct as it is evocative:

Once again to Zelda

This dedication is almost as iconic as the novel that houses it. And we hope that, after reading these examples, you'll be inspired to write your own iconic dedication — or simply pay a little more attention to the next one you come across. You never know what you might find!

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How to Write a Dedication Page: A Complete Guide

There are two types of readers: those who skip over the “front matter” of a book, and those who read every single word (even the copyright information and publication date).

Okay, maybe that's a little black-and-white. Chances are, you've read one or two dedication pages in your time as a reader. Maybe you've even had a book dedicated to you (we should all be so lucky). No matter the type of reader you are, if you're writing a book, you may want to know how to write a dedication page.

Keep reading to find out how!

  • What a book dedication page is
  • Who to dedicate your page to
  • Tips for writing a dedication page
  • Examples of dedication pages

Table of contents

  • Dedication vs Acknowledgements
  • Are There Rules for a Book Dedication?
  • Choose Your Subject(s)
  • Express Gratitude in Your Own Way
  • Remember Your Readers
  • Try a Few Different Versions
  • You Don't Have to Wait
  • Take Inspiration from Other Authors
  • 1. No Thanks, E. E. Cummings
  • 2. My Shit Life So Far, Frankie Boyle
  • 3. Ruins, Dan Wells
  • 4. The Selection, Kiera Cass
  • 5. The House of Hades, Rick Riordan
  • 6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  • 7. Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie
  • 8. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 9. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
  • 10. Visions of Cody, Jack Kerouac
  • Writing Your Dedication

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I've actually been writing and formatting books for a long time. Over 10 years so far, and counting.

But that's not the real reason, because there are plenty of authors who have lots of experience, but know next to nothing about the different parts of a book, or book formatting in general.

The real reason you should trust me is because I actually created my own formatting software that solved all my problems. I called it Atticus.

But this isn't meant to be a sales pitch. I just want to make sure it's clear that I know what I'm talking about. The amount of research that went into not only formatting my own books, but also creating a formatting software is huge.

I researched everything, which led me to learn all about every. single. part. of. a. book. And there were a lot more than I realized.

And of course, that includes Dedication Pages.

So if all that makes sense, hopefully you'll come along with me as show you everything I've learned.

What is a Dedication Page?

A dedication page is the author's chance to write a personal note to a person or people who have influenced them in some way. As the name suggests, it's the author's way of dedicating the book to that person or those people.

A book dedication is often short and generally comes at the beginning of the book , before the preface, foreword , and prologue but after the title page, copyright page , and table of contents. This portion of the book is also called the “front matter”.

See my other articles on the many Parts of a Book and How to Format a Book .

If you've read a dedication at the beginning of a book, you've likely also read an acknowledgment page at the end of a book. While these two sections may seem similar, there are some distinct differences.

As mentioned above, a dedication comes at the beginning, before the body of the work. Acknowledgments come at the end, after the body. Another difference is that acknowledgments usually mention people who worked on the book. Common mentions include editors, research assistants, proofreaders, and the like.

Dedications are usually (but not always) reserved for someone not directly involved in the book's creation. Friends, husbands, wives, children, or other family members are often mentioned in the dedication.

Another difference between these sections is length. Sometimes, acknowledgments can be significantly longer than a page. Dedications are typically short and sweet; often only a line or two.

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There are no hard-and-fast rules for dedicating your book to someone. It's really up to you. Often, there's a personal (rather than professional) connection that you want to recognize.

And there's no rule saying you even have to have a book dedication. It's okay to not have one at all.

If you do have one, you don't have to know the person you're dedicating your book to. Some authors will dedicate a book to their readers or to an author who inspired them, even if that author is no longer around.

You can even dedicate a book to your entire family! And no, you don't have to list each family member by name if you don't want to.

Tips for Writing a Book Dedication

While there are no rules for writing a book dedication, there are some norms that you may consider following.

The first step in writing your book dedication is to choose your subject or subjects. In other words, who are you going to dedicate your book to? Once you know the person or people you'd like to dedicate it to, then you can start crafting the dedication itself. Here are some common options for book dedications:

  • Spouse, Partner, or Significant Other
  • Family Member or Loved One
  • Close Friend(s)
  • Writing Teacher or Mentor
  • Favorite Writer

Think about the writing process of the book you'd like to dedicate. Writing a book is hard work. Did someone help you along when you were stuck? Did you regularly bounce ideas off of someone? Maybe someone gave you the idea for the book with an offhand comment in a conversation. These are the kinds of people whom authors dedicate their books to.

The dedication section of your book is the one place to express gratitude in a way that's uniquely yours. The power of a dedication comes from the number of people that will read it. But that doesn't mean that it has to make sense to everyone who lays eyes on the page.

Sometimes the dedication references an inside joke between the author and the dedicatee. Other times it's straightforward and sweet. And it can also be funny or sardonic. Really, there are as many different ways to write a dedication as there are authors.

Think of the person or people you're dedicating the book to. Then write something specifically for them . But also remember that lots of other people will read it.

A book dedication is not the place for secrets. Although it should be personal, often highlighting an emotional connection between author and dedicatee, it's not like a private note or letter. As you write it, remember that lots of people will read it. Maybe highlighting that embarrassing incident that your dedicatee would like to keep secret isn't the best choice in a dedication.

Most dedications are pretty short. Some are just a sentence long. Others are a couple of short paragraphs. You can make yours as long as you want, but you generally don't want to go over a page.

Since they're relatively short, you can try a few different versions and see which one you like best. Maybe one is a short poem, one is a couple of sentences, and one is just a line. It's up to you what style you use. As an author, it's good to write multiple versions of anything. Usually, my best work doesn't come out on the first try. It takes a little bit of poking and prodding to get things where I want them.

If you're still not sure who to dedicate the book to, write a different dedication for each of the potential candidates on your list. It may help you decide which person or people to go with.

It may seem like common sense to wait until the book is finished before you decide on a dedication. But really, there is no specific time to write your book dedication. If you have an idea of who you'd like to dedicate it to before you've even written a word, you can write it first.

Nothing is set in stone until you've published (and even then, it's pretty easy to update your manuscript if you're a self-published author). Re-read the dedication as you write and edit your book. If something happens while you're writing and you want to change your dedication, go for it! 

Unless, of course, you've already told someone you're dedicating the book to them. Then you should probably stick to your word and keep it as is — although you can change the style and tone if you want.

If you're not sure what to write in your dedication, see what other authors have done in their books. You can head over to your digital or physical bookshelf and start looking in the front matter, checking for dedications. You can also use the Preview feature that most online booksellers have to look for dedications in books you don't own.

But before you do either of those things, keep reading, because I've gathered some excellent real-life dedication examples.

Book Dedication Examples

The following book dedication examples highlight the wide range of possibilities at your fingertips for writing your own dedication. Choose a dedication example that you like from the list below and use it as inspiration for your own!

1. No Thanks , E. E. Cummings

“After his fourteen failures Cummings gave up and turned to his mother. She gave him $300, with which he approached the printer Samuel Jacobs to bring out the volume under his own imprint, the Golden Eagle Press. The title was changed from 70 Poems to No Thanks , in allusion to the publishers' polite refusals. To put the final nail in the coffin Cummings included on the book's dedication page a concrete poem, arranging the fourteen publishers in the form of a funeral urn:

Farrar & Rinehart

Simon & Schuster

Coward-McCann

Limited Editions

Harcourt, Brace

Random House

Equinox Press

Smith & Haas

Viking Press

Covici-Friede”

2. My Shit Life So Far , Frankie Boyle

“To all my enemies,

I will destroy you.”

3. Ruins , Dan Wells

“This book is dedicated to everybody you hate.

Sorry. Life's like that sometimes.”

4. The Selection , Kiera Cass

“Hi, Dad!

*Waves*”

5. The House of Hades , Rick Riordan

“To my wonderful readers:

Sorry about that last cliff-hanger.

Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA.

But seriously, I love you guys.”

6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe , C. S. Lewis

“TO LUCY BARFIELD

My Dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I did not realize that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be

your affectionate Godfather,

-C. S. Lewis”

7. Death on the Nile , Agatha Christie

“To Sybil Burnett, who also loves wandering about the world.”

8. The Great Gatsby , F Scott Fitzgerald

“ONCE AGAIN

ZELDA”

9. Anansi Boys , Neil Gaiman

“You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.

Not this time.

Because we haven't yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven't seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other . . .

This one's for you.

With you know what, and you probably know why.”

10. Visions of Cody , Jack Kerouac

“Dedicated to America, whatever that is.”

As you can see, there's no cookie-cutter formula for writing the perfect dedication. Trust your gut to tell you when the dedication is perfect for you. If you end up not liking it after your book is published, you can always improve on it in your next book!

While dedications are common in novels, you can also put one in your children’s book , nonfiction book, short story collection, thesis paper, dissertation, or research paper. The idea behind each is the same.

Good luck and thanks for reading!You can also learn about the other important sections in a book's front matter here .

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Thesis & Dissertation Acknowledgements | Tips & Examples

Published on May 3, 2022 by Tegan George . Revised on July 18, 2023.

Acknowledgements-section

The acknowledgements section is your opportunity to thank those who have helped and supported you personally and professionally during your thesis or dissertation process.

Thesis or dissertation acknowledgements appear between your title page and abstract  and should be no longer than one page.

In your acknowledgements, it’s okay to use a more informal style than is usually permitted in academic writing , as well as first-person pronouns . Acknowledgements are not considered part of the academic work itself, but rather your chance to write something more personal.

To get started, download our step-by-step template in the format of your choice below. We’ve also included sample sentence starters to help you construct your acknowledgments section from scratch.

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Generally, there are two main categories of acknowledgements: professional and personal .

A good first step is to check your university’s guidelines, as they may have rules or preferences about the order, phrasing, or layout of acknowledgements. Some institutions prefer that you keep your acknowledgements strictly professional.

Regardless, it’s usually a good idea to place professional acknowledgements first, followed by any personal ones. You can then proceed by ranking who you’d like to thank from most formal to least.

  • Chairs, supervisors, or defense committees
  • Funding bodies
  • Other academics (e.g., colleagues or cohort members)
  • Editors or proofreaders
  • Librarians, research/laboratory assistants, or study participants
  • Family, friends, or pets

Typically, it’s only necessary to mention people who directly supported you during your thesis or dissertation. However, if you feel that someone like a high school physics teacher was a great inspiration on the path to your current research, feel free to include them as well.

Professional acknowledgements

It is crucial to avoid overlooking anyone who helped you professionally as you completed your thesis or dissertation. As a rule of thumb, anyone who directly contributed to your research process, from figuring out your dissertation topic to your final proofread, should be mentioned.

A few things to keep in mind include:

  • Even if you feel your chair didn’t help you very much, you should still thank them first to avoid looking like you’re snubbing them.
  • Be sure to follow academic conventions, using full names with titles where appropriate.
  • If several members of a group or organization assisted you, mention the collective name only.
  • Remember the ethical considerations around anonymized data. If you wish to protect someone’s privacy, use only their first name or a generic identifier (such as “the interviewees”)/

Personal acknowledgements

There is no need to mention every member of your family or friend group. However, if someone was particularly inspiring or supportive, you may wish to mention them specifically. Many people choose to thank parents, partners, children, friends, and even pets, but you can mention anyone who offered moral support or encouragement, or helped you in a tangible or intangible way.

Some students may wish to dedicate their dissertation to a deceased influential person in their personal life. In this case, it’s okay to mention them first, before any professional acknowledgements.

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After you’ve compiled a list of who you’d like to thank, you can then sort your list into rank order. Separate everyone you listed into “major thanks,” “big thanks,” and “minor thanks” categories.

  • “Major thanks” are given to people who your project would be impossible without. These are often predominantly professional acknowledgements, such as your advisor, chair, and committee, as well as any funders.
  • “Big thanks” are an in-between, for those who helped you along the way or helped you grow intellectually, such as classmates, peers, or librarians.
  • “Minor thanks” can be a catch-all for everyone else, especially those who offered moral support or encouragement. This can include personal acknowledgements, such as parents, partners, children, friends, or even pets.

How to phrase your acknowledgements

To avoid acknowledgements that sound repetitive or dull, consider changing up your phrasing. Here are some examples of common sentence starters you can use for each category.

Note that you do not need to write any sort of conclusion or summary at the end. You can simply end the acknowledgements with your last thank you.

Here’s an example of how you can combine the different sentences to write your acknowledgements.

A simple construction consists of a sentence starter (in purple highlight ), followed by the person or entity mentioned (in green highlight ), followed by what you’re thanking them for (in yellow highlight .)

Acknowledgements

Words cannot express my gratitude to my professor and chair of my committee for her invaluable patience and feedback. I also could not have undertaken this journey without my defense committee, who generously provided knowledge and expertise. Additionally, this endeavor would not have been possible without the generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, who financed my research .

I am also grateful to my classmates and cohort members, especially my office mates, for their editing help, late-night feedback sessions, and moral support. Thanks should also go to the librarians, research assistants, and study participants from the university, who impacted and inspired me.

Lastly, I would be remiss in not mentioning my family, especially my parents, spouse, and children. Their belief in me has kept my spirits and motivation high during this process. I would also like to thank my cat for all the entertainment and emotional support.

  • Write in first-person, professional language
  • Thank your professional contacts first
  • Include full names, titles, and roles of professional acknowledgements
  • Include personal or intangible supporters, like friends, family, or even pets
  • Mention funding bodies and what they funded
  • Appropriately anonymize or group research participants or non-individual acknowledgments

Don’t:

  • Use informal language or slang
  • Go over one page in length
  • Mention people who had only a peripheral or minor impact on your work

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In the acknowledgements of your thesis or dissertation, you should first thank those who helped you academically or professionally, such as your supervisor, funders, and other academics.

Then you can include personal thanks to friends, family members, or anyone else who supported you during the process.

Yes, it’s important to thank your supervisor(s) in the acknowledgements section of your thesis or dissertation .

Even if you feel your supervisor did not contribute greatly to the final product, you must acknowledge them, if only for a very brief thank you. If you do not include your supervisor, it may be seen as a snub.

The acknowledgements are generally included at the very beginning of your thesis , directly after the title page and before the abstract .

In a thesis or dissertation, the acknowledgements should usually be no longer than one page. There is no minimum length.

You may acknowledge God in your dissertation acknowledgements , but be sure to follow academic convention by also thanking the members of academia, as well as family, colleagues, and friends who helped you.

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How To Write a Book Dedication They Will Love (150 Examples)

I’ve written book dedications for all of my novels and books, so I know how challenging it can be to write a good one.

Here’s how to write a book dedication:

Write a book dedication page by focusing on one person at a time, keeping it short, making it personal, and choosing a single emotion to convey. Study other great book dedication pages. You can also use a book dedication template or book dedication generator to make the dedication for you.

In this blog post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to write a book dedication they will love.

What Is a Book Dedication?

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A book dedication is a page (often the second page of the book) where the author writes a special message to someone important in their life.

This could be a family member, friend, or teacher who encouraged them to pursue their dream of writing.

Dedications are also sometimes used to honor someone who has passed away.

In this case, the dedication might be a quotation or poem that reminds the reader of the person being honored. No matter what the reason for the dedication, it is always a nice gesture to write one.

It shows that the author is grateful for the support they have received and wants to share their success with others.

How To Write a Great Book Dedication (My 11 Best Tips)

There are many ways to write a book dedication to your friend, family member, mentor, or that other significant person in your life.

After writing and publishing a half dozen books over the last 20 years, here are my best book dedication writing tips.

1) Focus On One Person

It’s no secret that a dedication is one of the most important parts of a book.

After all, it’s where you get to honor one special person (or a very few people) with this book. But with so many people to thank, it can be tempting to try to cram everything into a single page.

However, when it comes to the dedication, less is definitely more.

By focusing on just one person (or, at least, one person at a time), you can ensure that your words are heartfelt and sincere.

Plus, your reader will be able to appreciate your words all the more. So next time you sit down to write a dedication, take a deep breath and focus on just one person.

Remember, the book dedication is meant for one special person per book.

You can thank everyone else in the Acknowledgements section.

2) Choose a Single Emotion To Convey

When it comes to writing a book dedication, it’s important to choose a single emotion to focus on.

Trying to be funny and serious at the same time can confuse the reader and take away from the impact of your words. By focusing on a single emotion, you can more effectively capture the essence of your dedication and communicate your feelings in a clear and concise way.

So, what’s the best emotion to choose?

It depends on the tone of your book and the message you want to convey. If your book is lighthearted and fun, you might dedicate it to “the joy of reading.”

If it’s a more serious work, you might choose to dedicate it to “the power of stories.”

Whatever emotion you choose, make sure that it is authentic and meaningful to you. Only then will your dedication truly resonate with readers.

3) Keep It Short and Sweet

A book dedication is a brief statement, usually just a few words, that acknowledges the people or things that have influenced your work.

While it might be tempting to use the dedication as an opportunity to recount your entire life story, it’s important to keep it short and sweet. A good dedication is positive and concise, and it gives readers a glimpse into your motivations for writing the book.

There are a few reasons why it’s important to keep your dedication short.

First, dedications are often printed in very small type, so you want to make sure that your readers will be able to easily read it.

Second, a long-winded dedication can quickly become boring, and you don’t want to lose your readers before they even start reading your book.

Finally, a short dedication lets you leave room for a personal message from you to the reader. This can be a great way to connect with your audience and make your book even more special.

A few well-chosen words will be just as meaningful as pages of prose, and they’ll make sure that your readers keep coming back for more.

4) Remember that a Book Dedication Is Public

When you’re writing a book dedication, it’s important to keep in mind that anything you include will be available for anyone in the world to read.

You want to avoid anything too personal or negative.

A dedication is a great place to express your gratitude to the people who have supported you through the process of writing your book. Remember that this is a public statement, so you don’t want to say anything that could be interpreted as negative or offensive.

Keep it positive and make sure it’s something you’re comfortable sharing with the world.

5) Address the Person

When it comes to book dedications, addressing the person you are dedicating the book to is of the utmost importance.

Whether you address them by their first name (John or Nadia), by their role in your life (Dad or Wife), or with a nickname (Pops or Dream Girl), make sure that the dedication is coming from a place of sincerity.

The dedication should reflect your relationship with the person and why you are choosing to dedicate your book to them.

You might want to avoid cliches, such as “This book is dedicated to my one and only” or “This book is dedicated to the love of my life.”

Instead, focus on sharing a short, personal phrase or saying something that will resonate with the reader.

6) Share the Reason for the Dedication

If you’re like me, then you want your book dedications to be more than just a list of names.

You want them to be thoughtful and meaningful, conveying the reasons why you are dedicating your book to each person.

And while it’s important to be concise, it’s even more important to be honest. So rather than simply saying, “I dedicate this book to my mother,” try something like, “I dedicate this book to my mother, who has always believed in me even when no one else did.”

By sharing the reasons behind your dedication, you can turn a simple list of names into a heartfelt tribute.

7) Get Inspired By Other Great Book Dedications

One of the best ways to come up with a great dedication for your book is to read dedications from other books.

You can look for dedications in books that are similar to yours in genre or subject matter, or you can simply look for dedications that speak to you on an emotional level.

As you read, pay attention to the tone of the dedications and the types of people or things that are being honored.

You may also want to take note of any particularly clever or memorable phrases.

Once you’ve collected a few examples of inspiring dedications, you can start brainstorming your own. Keep these other book dedications in mind as you write, and don’t be afraid to experiment until you find something that feels just right.

8) Make a Creative Twist

Writing a book dedication can be a challenging but rewarding task.

While there are no hard and fast rules for writing a dedication, you may want to consider taking a creative approach. This could involve using unique words or phrases, a quote or poem, or some other special way to tribute the importance of the person or people you are dedicating your book to.

By doing something different than other authors, you can make your dedication stand out and leave a lasting impression.

Not to mention, it can also become part of your “signature” as an author – giving your fans and readers one more reason to read your book.

9) Write a Few Versions

Trying out different styles can be a great way to find your favorite one.

And you don’t have to stick to just one version – you can write a few different versions and then A/B test them to see which one gets the best reaction from readers.

So how do you go about writing multiple book dedications?

  • Start by brainstorming some different ideas.
  • Write them down in a list or in a document so you can refer back to them later.
  • Once you have a good selection of ideas, start writing them out in full.
  • Try out different styles and voices until you find one that feels right.
  • Get feedback from others – their input can help you choose the perfect dedication.

10) Connect It to the Themes of Your Book

While dedications are personal, they can also be tied to the themes of your book.

For example, if your book is about following your dreams despite obstacles, you might dedicate it to someone who supported you during a difficult time in your life.

Or if your book is about the importance of family, you might dedicate it to your parents or grandparents.

By tying your dedication back to the themes of your book, you can create a personal and meaningful message for your readers.

11) Don’t Overthink It

It’s finally finished. The last sentence is written, the final period is in place, and all that’s left to do is come up with a dedication.

For some authors, this is the easy part.

They know exactly who they want to dedicate their work to and why. But for others, the dedication can be a source of anxiety.

After all, this is a public declaration of gratitude or admiration.

It’s also a permanent fixture in the book, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re struggling to find the perfect words, take comfort in knowing that there are no official rules for dedications.

You can keep it short and sweet or write a heartfelt letter.

You can even choose not to include one at all. So whatever you do, don’t overthink it. The most important thing is that you’re happy with the final result.

Who Can an Author Dedicate a Book To? (20 Options)

The short answer is that you can dedicate a book to anyone.

It’s really up to you as the author. To help you come up with the perfect person for your book dedication, I made a list of 20 different people you might choose.

You can dedicate your book to:

  • Best friend
  • Grandparents
  • Person featured in the book
  • Inspirational person
  • Another Author
  • Spiritual leader
  • Someone who passed away
  • Historical figure

150 Book Dedication Examples

As we mentioned earlier, reading examples of book dedications is one of the best ways to learn how to craft your own dedication.

In this section, I’ve collected and created the best book dedication examples.

Book Dedication Examples for a Friend

Example #1:

I’m dedicating this book to my best friend, Sarah. We’ve been through a lot together, and she’s always been there for me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.

Example #2:

To my best friend. Thank you for your patience, your kindness, and most of all, your friendship. I couldn’t have asked for more. This book is dedicated to you with all my love.

Example #3:

This book is dedicated to my friend, Jane. You’ve been a true friend, and I can’t imagine going through life without you by my side.

Book Dedication Examples to a Child

For my sweet little girl, who always keeps me entertained. I love you to the moon and back!
To my beautiful daughter, who fills my life with happiness. You are my everything.
To my handsome son, who is the light of my life. I am so proud of the young man you are becoming.

Book Dedication to Parents Examples

To my mother, who always believed in me. To my father, who taught me to never give up. To my parents, who showed me that anything is possible. Thank you for your love and support. I dedicate this book to you.

To my wonderful mother, who always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams. Thank you for your love and support, which have meant everything to me. I am so grateful to have you in my life.

To my amazing father, who has always been there for me. Thank you for your wisdom, your strength, and your endless love. I am so lucky to have you as my father and my friend.

To the two of you, who have given me more than I could ever possibly hope for. Thank you for your love, your laughter, and your never-ending patience. I am so blessed to have both of you in my life.

To my adoptive parents, who took me in and loved me unconditionally. Thank you for everything.

Book Dedication Examples for Family

I am writing this book in dedication to my grandfather. He was always such a huge supporter of my writing and encouraged me to never give up on my dreams. I know that he is looking down on me from heaven and smiling, proud of the woman that I have become.
This book is for you, grandma. Thank you for always believing in me.
To my twin brother, who is always there for me when I need him. I know we drive each other crazy sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade you for the world.

Book Dedication for Mentor

To my mentor, Dr. Smith. Your guidance and support have been invaluable to me over the years. Thank you for always being there when I needed you.
To my mentor and friend, Jim Harrison. Thank you for your wisdom, your wit, and your friendship. I am truly grateful.

To the best mentor a girl could ask for, my mom. Thank you for always believing in me and for teaching me to never give up on myself. I love you.

Book Dedication for Cancer Survivor

To my mother, who fought cancer with strength and courage. You are my inspiration
To all the cancer survivors out there – never give up hope.
To those who have lost a loved one to cancer. This book is dedicated to you in memory of your loved one

Funny Book Dedication Examples

To my second-cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s goldfish, may your bowl always be full of pellets and your life free ofalgae.
For my father, who never once read any of my books but always pretended to. Thanks, Daddio!
I would like to dedicate this book to my cat, Snickers, who always sleeps through my alarm clock going off; to my Grandma, who still thinks an ‘@’ is a duck; and last but not least, to Wikipedia, without which I would never have finished this book at all.

Famous Book Dedication Examples

To Her Hand in hand we come Christopher Robin and I To lay this book in your lap. Say you’re surprised? Say you like it? Say it’s just what you wanted? Because it’s yours— Because we love you. The Complete Tales of Winnie The Poo by A.A. Milne
For Colin Firth You’re a really great guy, but I’m married, so I think we should just be friends. Austenland by Shannon Hale
Hi, Dad! *Waves* The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Dedication Examples for Grandparents

  • “To my grandmother, whose stories of old have always been a beacon of wisdom and wonder in my life.”
  • “For Grandpa, whose tales of yesteryears ignited my imagination – this book is a tribute to your legacy.”
  • “Dedicated to my Nana, whose love and warmth are woven into the fabric of every page.”
  • “To my beloved Granny, whose life is a tapestry of the richest stories. Your journey inspires mine.”
  • “For my grandfather, a man of few words but profound wisdom. This book mirrors your quiet strength.”

Book Dedication for Siblings

  • “To my brother, who has been my partner in crime and my steadfast supporter through every plot twist of life.”
  • “For my sister, who has always been the star of my real-life stories. Your laughter is my favorite soundtrack.”
  • “Dedicated to my siblings – the first characters in my story and the strongest supporters of my dream.”
  • “To my little brother, who always believed in fairy tales and made me believe in them too.”
  • “For my elder sister, whose guidance has been the guiding light in the darkest chapters of my life.”

Book Dedication for a Teacher

  • “To Mrs. Thompson, who taught me that words have power and stories can change the world.”
  • “For my first teacher, who introduced me to the alphabet and, thereby, to endless possibilities.”
  • “Dedicated to my high school English teacher, whose passion for literature has been the cornerstone of my own journey.”
  • “To the teacher who didn’t just explain texts, but showed me how to unravel their magic.”
  • “For the educator who saw a writer in a confused teenager. Your faith has shaped these pages.”

Book Dedication for a Pet

  • “To Buddy, my loyal four-legged friend, who has been by my side through every word written.”
  • “For Luna, whose playful spirit and unwavering companionship have been the joy in my writing journey.”
  • “Dedicated to Oliver, my furry muse, whose antics filled the breaks and spaces between writing.”
  • “To my faithful companion, Bella, who has patiently listened to every draft, purring in encouragement.”
  • “For my beloved pet, who has been more than a friend – a source of unconditional love and inspiration.”

Book Dedication for a Deceased Loved One

  • “In loving memory of John, whose spirit and love continue to guide me beyond the veil of absence.”
  • “For my late mother, who dances in the words and lives in the stories. Forever in my heart.”
  • “Dedicated to a soul not lost, but living within these pages – my dear departed father.”
  • “To my angel above, whose memory is a lighthouse in the seas of creativity and life.”
  • “For the one who left too soon – your legacy is the ink with which this book is written.”

Book Dedication for a Historical Figure

  • “Inspired by the resilience of Rosa Parks, whose courage writes stories of hope and change.”
  • “For Leonardo da Vinci, whose boundless curiosity and unparalleled genius light the path for dreamers.”
  • “Dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela, whose life is a testament to the power of unyielding determination.”
  • “To Jane Austen, who painted worlds with words and showed us the enduring power of character.”
  • “For Albert Einstein, whose vision transcended time and space, inspiring generations to look beyond.”

Book Dedication for a Fictional Character

  • “To Sherlock Holmes, who taught me that every detail tells a story.”
  • “For Elizabeth Bennet, whose wit and spirit have been a guiding force in my writing.”
  • “Dedicated to Frodo Baggins, a small character with a heart large enough to carry the heaviest of burdens.”
  • “To Atticus Finch, whose integrity and compassion are the benchmarks for my characters.”
  • “For Harry Potter, who showed us that magic is real and lives within us.”

Book Dedication for a Role Model

  • “To Malala Yousafzai, whose bravery and dedication to education light up every word I write.”
  • “For Michelle Obama, a beacon of strength, grace, and empowerment in every chapter of life.”
  • “Dedicated to Steve Jobs, whose vision and tenacity inspire the narrative of innovation in these pages.”
  • “To Oprah Winfrey, whose journey of resilience and success writes a story of hope and determination.”
  • “For Maya Angelou, whose words dance with dignity and truth, guiding my pen with every stroke.”

Book Dedication for a Colleague

  • “To my colleague and friend, David, whose insights at the water cooler have been as invaluable as those in boardrooms.”
  • “For Sarah, a teammate whose support and camaraderie have made even the toughest deadlines a joy.”
  • “Dedicated to the unsung heroes of my workplace – your daily dedication fuels my creative fires.”
  • “To my mentor at work, who taught me that professionalism and passion are the twin pillars of success.”
  • “For the colleagues who are more family than co-workers, you color my professional life with personal hues.”

Book Dedication for a Community

  • “To the people of my hometown, whose shared stories and collective wisdom breathe life into these pages.”
  • “For the community that raised me – your values and spirit echo in every word.”
  • “Dedicated to the artists and dreamers of the city that never sleeps. Your heartbeat is the rhythm of this story.”
  • “To the global community fighting for environmental conservation, your cause is the inspiration behind this narrative.”
  • “For the vibrant tapestry of cultures that is my neighborhood, you paint my world with diverse strokes.”

Book Dedication for a Cultural Icon

  • “To Frida Kahlo, whose art speaks a language of strength and raw beauty, inspiring my own creative voice.”
  • “For Bob Marley, whose melodies are a symphony of peace, love, and resilience in the face of adversity.”
  • “Dedicated to Audrey Hepburn, an epitome of elegance and compassion, both on-screen and off.”
  • “To Bruce Lee, whose philosophy and mastery in martial arts transcend physical boundaries into the realm of the spiritual.”
  • “For Cesar Chavez, a beacon of hope and relentless advocate for the rights of the marginalized.”

Book Dedication for a Philanthropist

  • “To Melinda Gates, whose tireless work in bridging gaps and building a better future illuminates every chapter.”
  • “For Warren Buffet, a symbol of wisdom in both finance and philanthropy, guiding principles in this story.”
  • “Dedicated to the unsung heroes in every charity and nonprofit organization, your selflessness writes the best parts of humanity.”
  • “To the philanthropists who remain unnamed but whose impact is immeasurable, this book mirrors your quiet contribution.”
  • “For those who give not to gain but to ignite change, your spirit of generosity is the true wealth depicted in these pages.”

Book Dedication for a Spiritual Leader

  • “To the Dalai Lama, whose teachings of compassion and humanity are the undercurrents of this narrative.”
  • “For Mother Teresa, whose life of service is a beacon of selfless love and hope in a world in need of both.”
  • “Dedicated to Thich Nhat Hanh, whose mindfulness and peace are the ink with which I write.”
  • “To Rumi, whose poetry delves into the soul and dances with the essence of existence.”
  • “For Saint Francis of Assisi, a symbol of simplicity and harmony with nature, virtues that guide my storytelling.”

Book Dedication for a First Responder

  • “To the brave firefighters who risk their lives daily, your courage and dedication fuel every heroic character in this book.”
  • “For the healthcare workers on the frontlines, your stories of resilience and care are the heartbeat of this narrative.”
  • “Dedicated to the police officers who protect and serve with honor, your commitment to safety inspires my themes of justice.”
  • “To the paramedics, the unsung heroes in times of crisis, your selflessness is the true heroism depicted here.”
  • “For every first responder, in every unnoticed act of bravery, you are the silent guardians woven into these stories.”

Book Dedication for a Personal Hero

  • “To my personal hero, whose battles fought in silence echo loudly in the courage of my characters.”
  • “For the one who faced life’s storms with a smile, teaching me the true meaning of strength and resilience.”
  • “Dedicated to the hero in my life story, whose ordinary acts create extraordinary ripples of change.”
  • “To the individual whose quiet presence has been a fortress in my times of need. You are my unsung hero.”
  • “For the person who, without cape or fanfare, shows what it means to be heroic in everyday life.”

Book Dedication for an Activist

  • “To Greta Thunberg, a young voice with an old soul, championing a cause larger than life – you inspire my words.”
  • “For Malcom X, whose boldness and unapologetic quest for justice and equality resonate in every line of this narrative.”
  • “Dedicated to Rosa Parks, whose simple act of defiance speaks volumes of courage and sparks change in these pages.”
  • “To Martin Luther King Jr., a dreamer, a doer, and an eternal inspiration for every word that seeks equality.”
  • “For Angela Davis, whose relentless fight for rights and justice mirrors the battles fought in this book.”

Book Dedication for an Environmentalist

  • “To David Attenborough, whose voice has been a clarion call for the protection of our precious planet.”
  • “For Jane Goodall, whose dedication to wildlife conservation breathes life into my environmental themes.”
  • “Dedicated to Wangari Maathai, planting seeds of change and hope, a legacy that grows within these chapters.”
  • “To Greta Thunberg, again, for showing the world that the voice of one can echo as the voice of millions.”
  • “For the unsung heroes fighting against climate change, your resilience is the wind beneath the wings of this story.”

Book Dedication for a Musician

  • “To the melodies of John Lennon, which have been a soundtrack to the writing of this book.”
  • “For Freddie Mercury, whose unbridled energy and passion leap off these pages.”
  • “Dedicated to Beethoven, a maestro of emotions, orchestrating feelings that resonate through my words.”
  • “To Ella Fitzgerald, whose voice transcends time and genre, much like the stories told here.”
  • “For Bob Dylan, a poet and a prophet, whose lyrics have always guided my pen.”

Book Dedication for an Artist

  • “To Van Gogh, whose strokes of genius paint the emotions that words alone cannot capture.”
  • “For Frida Kahlo, a spirit unbroken, reflecting the resilience in my characters.”
  • “Dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, a master of art and science, inspiring multidimensional creativity in this work.”
  • “To Georgia O’Keeffe, whose bold and vibrant perspectives color the narrative of this book.”
  • “For Banksy, a modern enigma, challenging perceptions and conventions, much like the twists in these stories.”

Book Dedication for a Humanitarian

  • “To Mother Teresa, whose life of selfless love and service is a guiding light in these pages.”
  • “For Nelson Mandela, embodying forgiveness and reconciliation, themes deeply woven into this narrative.”
  • “Dedicated to the anonymous aid workers who brave danger to bring hope – you are the unsung heroes in this tale.”
  • “To Kailash Satyarthi, a champion for the voiceless, echoing the fight for justice in this book.”
  • “For Malala Yousafzai, a beacon of bravery and advocate for education, inspiring the quest for knowledge here.”

Book Dedication for an Astronaut

  • “To Neil Armstrong, who took one small step for man and a giant leap for my imagination.”
  • “For Sally Ride, who shattered glass ceilings and soared beyond earthly limits, inspiring the heights reached in these pages.”
  • “Dedicated to Chris Hadfield, whose views from space broaden our own horizons on Earth.”
  • “To Mae Jemison, whose journey to the stars fuels the dreams woven into these words.”
  • “For the pioneers of space exploration, who remind us that the sky is not the limit, but just the beginning.”

Book Dedication for a Filmmaker

  • “To Alfred Hitchcock, whose mastery of suspense has inspired the twists in my tale.”
  • “For Ava DuVernay, a storyteller who brings truth and perspective to light, much like the narratives in this book.”
  • “Dedicated to Akira Kurosawa, whose cinematic genius paints every scene within these pages.”
  • “To Spielberg, a weaver of dreams, who taught me that every great story needs a heart.”
  • “For Hayao Miyazaki, whose imagination flies on the wings of freedom, inspiring the whimsy in my work.”

Book Dedication for a Scientist

  • “To Marie Curie, whose relentless pursuit of knowledge lights up the path of discovery in this narrative.”
  • “For Carl Sagan, who brought the cosmos within reach and sparked wonder in the minds of many, including mine.”
  • “Dedicated to Isaac Newton, uncovering the universal truths that are the foundation of many plots here.”
  • “To Jane Goodall, again, for showing that empathy and observation can unlock the greatest mysteries.”
  • “For Nikola Tesla, a visionary far ahead of his time, energizing the innovative spirit of this book.”

Book Dedication for a Poet

  • “To Rumi, whose words dance with the soul and inspire the rhythm of my own.”
  • “For Maya Angelou, a caged bird who sang with unshakeable resolve, echoing in the voices of my characters.”
  • “Dedicated to Pablo Neruda, whose poetry captures the essence of passion and longing found in these pages.”
  • “To Langston Hughes, who painted dreams with words, coloring the narrative of this story.”
  • “For Emily Dickinson, a recluse whose words reached out and touched the world, much like the whispers in this book.”

Book Dedication for a Journalist

  • “To Christiane Amanpour, whose fearless pursuit of truth mirrors the quests of my protagonists.”
  • “For Bob Woodward, who unraveled stories of great consequence, inspiring the uncovering of secrets in this plot.”
  • “Dedicated to Ida B. Wells, a beacon of courage and justice, qualities imbued in the heroes of this tale.”
  • “To Anderson Cooper, whose compassionate storytelling reflects the empathy and depth in these chapters.”
  • “For Walter Cronkite, a trusted voice in a world of noise, guiding the narrative clarity in this work.”

Book Dedication for a Political Leader

  • “To Nelson Mandela, whose legacy of perseverance and reconciliation breathes life into the leadership qualities of my characters.”
  • “For Angela Merkel, exemplifying strength and resilience in a world of complex politics, inspiring the diplomatic threads in this narrative.”
  • “Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, a figure of integrity and unity, traits that resonate through the heroes in these pages.”
  • “To Jacinda Ardern, for leading with empathy and strength, qualities that echo in the protagonist of this story.”
  • “For Mahatma Gandhi, whose principles of non-violence and truth light up the path of my narrative’s journey.”

Book Dedication for a Sports Personality

  • “To Serena Williams, whose unparalleled determination and grace under pressure inspire the strength of my characters.”
  • “For Muhammad Ali, a champion not just in the ring but in the face of adversity, shaping the resilience in this book.”
  • “Dedicated to Usain Bolt, whose speed and charisma are the energy that drives the pace of this narrative.”
  • “To Michael Jordan, a symbol of excellence and commitment, qualities that leap off every page of this story.”
  • “For Simone Biles, who redefines the limits of possibility, inspiring the heights my characters aspire to.”

Book Dedication for a Fictional Hero

  • “To Atticus Finch, whose moral compass and quiet courage navigate the ethical dilemmas within these chapters.”
  • “For Katniss Everdeen, a beacon of resilience and rebellion, lighting the fire of my protagonist’s journey.”
  • “Dedicated to Frodo Baggins, whose humble bravery and unyielding spirit are echoed in the heart of my tale.”
  • “To Hermione Granger, whose intellect and loyalty are the pillars upon which my main character stands.”
  • “For Elizabeth Bennet, who navigates her world with wit and integrity, guiding the journey of my own heroine.”

Here is a video with some of the best book dedications ever:

Book Dedication Templates

Feel free to use one of these book dedication templates to help you write your dedication.

How do you write a book dedication using a template? Simply fill in the blanks Mad Libs style with the details from your book and your life.

I hope they help!

Book Dedication Template #1

[Name of book] is dedicated to [person], who [action]. Without [pronoun], I would never have [adverb] [verb]ed my way to [noun].

Thank you for always being there when I needed you, and for [opinion] [noun].

This book is for you!

Book Dedication Template #2

To (insert name or role),

Without you, this book would not have been possible. You were my (adjective noun) when I needed it and my (adverb noun) when I was struggling. Your (emotion) is what got me through the (difficult event). I am dedicating this book to you.

Thank you for everything, (Your name)

Book Dedication Generators

You can also use a book dedication generator to automatically make your dedication for you. Then you can tweak the generated text to make it more personal to you and the other person(s).

Here is a table with my favorite book dedication generators:

How To Write a Dedication in a Children’s Book

When you’re writing a children’s book, it’s important to keep your dedication simple and use child-freindly language.

You can dedicate the book to a specific child, or just say that it’s for all the special kids in your life. However you choose to word it, make sure it comes from the heart.

If you want to add a little humor to your dedication, try something like, “This book is lovingly dedicated to all the children who have ever had a bedtime story read to them… even if they didn’t always listen.”

Or you could try, “This book is for every child who has ever wanted to stay up just five more minutes… even though they know they’ll be too tired for school in the morning.”

Whatever you write, make sure it brings a smile to the reader’s face.

Do You Need To Dedicate Your Book?

No, not at all.

It’s not like your book is going to be rejected if you don’t dedicate it to anyone.

In fact, some books don’t have dedications. However, it is seen as a nice gesture, especially if the book is based on true events or features someone who inspired you.

If you feel like dedicating your book, go ahead and do it.

But don’t sweat it if you can’t think of anyone to dedicate it to. Your book will still be published without a dedication.

Book Dedication Page vs Acknowledgements

A book dedication is a section of a book that is typically found near the beginning.

The author pays tribute to someone who has influenced their work.

An acknowledgement, on the other hand, is a section near the end of the book in which the author thanks everyone who helped with the creation of the book, from editors and beta-readers to coffee-fetching minions.

In short, a dedication is about one person and usually comes at the start of the author’s journey.

An acknowledgement is about many people and comes at the end.

Final Thoughts: How To Write a Book Dedication

Ultimately, you can write a book dedication in any way that you want.

As long as you are happy with it, that’s what matters most. Don’t underestimate the potential for a book dedication to make a huge impact on the honored person and your readers.

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How to Write a Book Dedication Page or Blurb + Examples

Updated 04/20/2022

Published 09/10/2020

Kate Wight, BA in English

Kate Wight, BA in English

Contributing writer

Learn how to write a dedication for a book with these steps and examples.

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Have you penned a masterpiece?  As part of this masterpiece, do you want to include a book dedication? A book dedication is a message of gratitude from the author to the person or people who have supported them on their journey. It’s a way to thank the people who have supported you emotionally and it’s one of the most creative ways to honor someone . 

Jump ahead to these sections:

Step 1: decide who you are dedicating your book to, step 2: look to other authors’ dedication pages for inspiration.

  • Step 3: Stay On Brand

Step 4: Protect the Recipient’s Privacy

Step 5: pay homage to the relationship you have with the recipient, step 6: listen to your gut, book dedication examples.

What should you include in your book dedication page? We break down the process of how to write a dedication and provide some examples. 

Most dedications are for people who have a personal connection to the author. Most authors save the dedication page for family members, close friends, or even teachers. 

  • Did you have a teacher who encouraged your interest in writing at a young age? That might stick with you. 
  • Was your best friend your first and most enthusiastic reader of early drafts? She might be on your mind. 
  • Did your children inspire you and your spouse supported you? You may want to share the credit with them. 

Some people thank a few people for their dedication. But generally speaking, the dedication should be kept to a single person or a very small group of people. That way the presence of many people doesn’t dilute the place of honor.    

Many writers are also avid readers. Chances are, you have a bookshelf full of authors whose books you have admired. Take some time to look at their dedication pages. The tone they take may inspire you. Some book dedications have actually become even more iconic than the books themselves. 

  • The poet E. E. Cummings self-published his first book. He dedicated it to all fourteen of the major publishing houses that rejected his manuscript. 
  • Jenny Lawson dedicated her memoir to everyone who helped her create it “except for that guy who yelled at me in Kmart when I was eight because he thought I was being ‘too rowdy.’”  
  • Author Peter Leeson went for a more sentimental dedication with this message: “Ania, I love you; will you marry me?” 

Looking through dedications can help you gauge the kind of tone and content that resonates the most with you.  

Step 3: Stay on Brand

When writing a book dedication, you should also keep the tone of your own story in mind. If you wrote a light book of essays about funny family stories, then your dedication can be similarly lighthearted.

But if your book is about a dark family tragedy, a humorous dedication page might feel jarring in comparison. If you wrote a story about the life of a beloved family member, you may also want to dedicate the book to her. In that case, you can always dedicate the book in loving memory to that person.

Few authors reach rock star status. Even widely-recognized authors like Stephen King tend to lead pretty normal lives.

But whenever you put a story out into the world, it becomes public, and that includes the dedication page. Sometimes devoted fans want to know as much as they can about their favorite authors. That might include looking into their personal lives. 

If you want to dedicate your book to someone you love, it’s a beautiful gesture. But it’s also a kindness to preserve some anonymity. A lot of authors achieve this by simply omitting the last name of the recipient. Referring to the recipient by first name feels intimate and personal, and also keeps the recipient out of the public eye.  

The dedication page is the most personal page of all. Your message should encapsulate the kind of relationship you have with the person you dedicate your book to. If you dedicate your book to someone you admire greatly, a more formal tone is appropriate.

But if you’re dedicating it to a family member, you can be more informal. Author Tad Williams elevated that concept to a whole new level with his “Otherland” novels. He made a splash when he wrote the following dedication to his father in the first volume:

“This book is dedicated to my father, Joseph Hill Evans, with love. Actually, Dad doesn’t read fiction, so if someone doesn’t tell him about this, he’ll never know.”

That was a funny moment on its own. But in the next four installments of the series, he kept upping the ante. He continued to dedicate each book in the series to his father while updating readers that his father still had not actually picked up any of the books. He claims his father is still unaware that the books are dedicated to him.

Readers look just as forward to Williams’ dedications as they do his books. It gives great insight into their family dynamic, which is what makes it so fun.  

Sometimes the hardest thing about dedicating a book is choosing the person you want to dedicate it to. You may want to dedicate it to one person, but feel obligated to dedicate it to someone else.

At the end of the day, no matter how much a person helped you, your book is yours. You should dedicate it to the person you want. Remember, you can always thank other people in the acknowledgments section, too. 

Now that we’ve seen the steps that go into writing a book dedication page, it’s time to look at some examples. People use different strategies to write dedications. Some people stick with simple and sincere messages.

Other authors use inside jokes that have a hidden layer of meaning to the recipient of the dedication. Others turn to famous quotes that contain meaning. Whatever path you go down, just remember to speak from the heart. A heartfelt dedication will always go over well. 

For a deceased loved one

This book was written in loving memory of my Grandma Joyce. From the time I was able to walk, she patiently helped me learn everything I know about cooking. None of the recipes written here would have come to fruition without her guidance and love. 

For a partner or spouse

Life is a team sport. I can’t think of anyone better to have on my team than my husband, Fred.

Thank you for all the times you handled bedtime solo so I could stay up writing. Thank you for staying on top of the laundry and for keeping me in clean yoga pants. Thank you for brewing me endless cups of coffee. But most of all, thank you for believing in me from day one. 

For your children

This book is for my beautiful and brilliant daughter, Harper. Thank you for teaching me how to look at the world through fresh eyes.

They say parents are supposed to teach their children, but I learn so much from you each day. 

For your parents or grandparents

This book is a love story. I couldn’t have written it without witnessing the love story that my grandparents live every day. Thank you for being a model of what eternal devotion truly looks like. 

For a friend

For Abby, who emailed me every day demanding more chapters to read. I may have written the book, but it would have never been completed without your relentless cheerleading. 

This Is Dedicated to the One I Love

Writing a book is a deeply personal process. Many people spend years of their lives crafting a book. They might carve out time in the evenings for themselves to write after work.

They might jot down notes on slips of paper when they’re inspired. Finishing a book is a tremendous accomplishment. But it’s not one that happens in a vacuum. If you’ve penned a book, it was likely done with the help of supportive friends and family members. They might have been your cheerleaders or your sounding board. They may have taken on extra household tasks to give you more time to write. 

You know it’s good to send a thank you note to people who have helped you through challenges. Writing a thoughtful book dedication is one of the most powerful ways you can say thanks.   

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100 Heartfelt Book Dedication Examples

David Costello

Books hold many forms of magic within their pages, and book dedications are one such form. A book dedication is a way for authors to bestow a high honor on a person, place, or idea they want to spotlight or pay homage to. These dedications can be lighthearted, humorous, mysterious, or profound. Here are 100 heartfelt book dedication examples, categorized into various themes.

Dedication to parents

  • "To my mother and father, who never stopped believing in me."
  • "For my dad, who taught me the love of stories, and my mom, who lived them."
  • "To my parents, who planted the seed of knowledge in my mind and nurtured it."
  • "For Mom and Dad, who always reminded me that words have the power to change the world."
  • "To my parents, who gave me the gift of dreams and the ability to realize them."

Dedication to children

  • "To my son, the light of my life."
  • "For my daughter, who fills my heart with joy each and every day."
  • "To my children, who continue to inspire me to tell stories that matter."
  • "To my child, who is my heart living outside of my body."
  • "For my kids, whose laughter is my favorite sound."

Dedication to spouses/partners

  • "To my wife, who has been my most profound inspiration."
  • "For my husband, who always pushes me to reach for the stars."
  • "To my partner, my best friend, my greatest supporter."
  • "For my wife, my confidante, my muse, my love."
  • "To my husband, who has walked every step of this journey with me."

Dedication to friends

  • "To my best friend, who knows the chapters I left unsaid."
  • "For the friends who became family."
  • "To the friend who believed in me when I didn't."
  • "For my friends, who taught me the true meaning of friendship."
  • "To those rare, beautiful friendships that change our lives forever."

Dedication to mentors

  • "For my teacher, who saw potential in a quiet student and fanned the spark into a flame."
  • "To my mentor, who guided me through the labyrinth of words."
  • "For my coach, who pushed me to write even when the words wouldn't come."
  • "To my professor, who taught me the value of critical thinking and the power of the pen."
  • "For my guide, who saw in me what I failed to see in myself."

Dedication to deceased loved ones

  • "In loving memory of my grandfather, whose stories live on in these pages."
  • "To my sister, who loved this world of fantasy as much as I do. This is for you."
  • "For my friend, who left us too soon, but will never be forgotten."
  • "To my grandmother, who now lives in the stars. May this tale reach you."
  • "For my dear pet, who sat by my side as I wrote this book."

Dedication to readers

  • "To you, dear reader, for making this journey worthwhile."
  • "For my readers, who breathe life into these pages."
  • "To all those who pick up this book, thank you for giving my words a chance."
  • "For every reader who finds a piece of themselves within these chapters."
  • "To the ones reading this, may you find the courage, joy, and love contained within these pages."

Dedication to self

  • "To the younger me, who dared to dream."
  • "For the woman I have become through this process."
  • "To the me that needed to hear these words."
  • "For the person I was when I started writing this book, and the person I am now."
  • "To myself, for showing up, pushing through, and finishing what I started."

Dedications to inspirations

  • "To the city that never sleeps, for inspiring this tale."
  • "For the music that scored the writing of this novel."
  • "To the countless books that have shaped my life."
  • "For the moon and the stars, for guiding my journey."
  • "To the beauty of nature, my evergreen source of inspiration."

Dedication to social causes

  • "To those who fight tirelessly for social justice."
  • "For the children who dream in refugee camps."
  • "To the unseen heroes of the climate change movement."
  • "For the women who struggle to be heard."
  • "To all those who rise against adversity, you are not alone."

Dedication to time

  • "To the past that shaped me, the present that nurtures me, and the future that awaits me."
  • "For all the yesterdays that led me to today."
  • "To tomorrow, for it holds unspoken stories."
  • "For every moment that brought me to this point."
  • "To the time when this book was just a dream."

Dedication to hardships

  • "To the challenges that made me stronger."
  • "For the pain that ignited the phoenix within."
  • "To the sleepless nights, doubts, and fears. We made it."
  • "For the battles fought in the silence of the night."
  • "To the obstacles that became stepping stones."

Dedication to educators and education

  • "To the teachers who educate with passion and patience."
  • "For the privilege of education and the power it bestows."
  • "To the lessons learned within and beyond the classroom walls."
  • "For every teacher who ignites a spark in their students."
  • "To the pursuit of knowledge and the ones who make it possible."

Dedication to writers and writing

  • "To every writer who dared to bare their soul."
  • "For the craft of writing, an art and a journey."
  • "To the written word, my refuge and my strength."
  • "For the writers who came before me and those yet to come."
  • "To writing, the most exquisite form of self-expression."

Dedication to stories and storytelling

  • "To the stories that have shaped us."
  • "For the magic of storytelling, an eternal flame."
  • "To the tales that dwell in the heart of humanity."
  • "For every story that touched my soul and inspired my own."
  • "To stories, the timeless architects of understanding and empathy."

Dedication to courage and bravery

  • "To the bravery of those who dare to make a difference."
  • "For the courage within each one of us, waiting to be discovered."
  • "To the heroes who walk among us, often unnoticed."
  • "For the audacity to dream and the courage to pursue those dreams."
  • "To all those who brave the storms and come out stronger."

Dedication to books and reading

  • "To the books that served as my best friends during lonely nights."
  • "For the libraries that housed my childhood dreams."
  • "To the magic that is reading, that takes us to places we've never been."
  • "For the unputdownable books that kept me awake into the wee hours of the night."
  • "To the books that challenged my views and made me a better person."

Dedication to nature

  • "To the majestic mountains and tranquil seas, the unsung heroes of many tales."
  • "For the sun that brings a new story every day."
  • "To the silent whispers of the trees, my constant companions."
  • "For the enchanting beauty of the night sky, a canvas of dreams."
  • "To the seasons, each holding its own story."

Dedication to dreams and aspirations

  • "To the dreamers who dare to envision a better world."
  • "For the aspirations that drive us to scale new heights."
  • "To the child within us who still believes in fairy tales."
  • "For the hopes that guide us through life's labyrinth."
  • "To the audacious dreams that refuse to bow to cynicism."

Dedication to human spirit and resilience

  • "To the resilience of the human spirit, a beacon in the darkest storms."
  • "For those who rise from the ashes, time and time again."
  • "To the undying spark within us that keeps us going against all odds."
  • "For the human spirit that thrives on love, hope, and kindness."
  • "To the resilience of humanity, our greatest testament."

Dedications are a small yet powerful way to honor those who matter, and they make a book even more special. Whether you're a writer thinking about your next dedication or a reader who enjoys this touching aspect of a book, these heartfelt examples showcase the diversity and depth of emotion that can be expressed through just a few words.

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Most thesis papers and book manuscripts call for a section where you dedicate your writing to a particular person. Therefore, you should write a dedication part for that paper, regardless of whether you are composing a book, a thesis, a dissertation, a research paper, or just a project report.

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The dedication part is when the author acknowledges or expresses their gratitude to individuals who have inspired them or helped them while they were writing their book, research paper, or report. Usually, it can be found at the start of a book or report.

What Does the Dedication Actually Accomplish and What Does It Mean?

The dedication page of most works and books includes a quote from another work or a personal note to someone who has or has played a significant role in the author’s life. The same idea also holds for academic writing. You can see from various dissertation dedication examples that students often acknowledge or credit someone who has encouraged them or helped them at some time in their lives.

Whom to dedicate in the Dedication Section?

You are free to pick anybody you wish to dedicate to your work. Typically, a dedication portion is brief and focuses on just one individual (or specific group of people). A dedication section is typically more of a personal choice than a professional one.

  • You can mention the following in your thesis or writing:
  • Family Members of Yours (spouse, children, siblings, parents).
  • Your Friends.
  • People who are mentioned in or have been influenced by the book.
  • People in your life that have inspired or supported you that you want to highlight in some way.

Tips For Writing an exemplary Dedication for Thesis or Dissertation

You must make the difficult choice of dedicating the result of all your work when you have finally finished the challenging but lovely process of producing a book , short story, dissertation, etc. Here are some valuable tips to help you write a dedication page and ease nervousness.

Selecting someone.

The hardest part of creating your front matter is deciding to who you want to dedicate it. It might be the phase of the process that is the most challenging for some writers. Consider the process you went through and the people who helped you get through it when deciding to dedicate your essay.

Naming names.

You must choose how you will name the person(s) for whom you will write your dedication after deciding to whom you will dedicate it. You will decide how to proceed based on your preferences and what is suitable given your relationship with that person. The identification can be formal or informal.

Addressing the dedication.

Your dedication can be addressed in a variety of ways. For example, you could begin your dedication by stating, “I dedicate this book to…”, “This thesis work is dedicated to…”, “To:…”, “For:…”, or start writing without using a formal greeting. Even though there is no formal address, it should be on its page so that everyone would understand that it is a dedication page. 

The address will be appropriate if you take into account the person you have decided to dedicate your work to, your character, and the formality of your relationship.

Make it crisp.

The majority of dedications made by students for their thesis or dissertation are only four to five lines long. A dissertation’s dedication is always short and direct. Only give a small list of people who helped you with the writing. The reason for this is that you have the opportunity to discuss their contribution to your thesis paper in the acknowledgments section.

Dedication Examples for Thesis or Dissertation

Dedication example 1.

I dedicate this work to God Almighty, my creator, constant supporter, and wellspring of understanding, understanding, and wisdom. Throughout this program , He has been my source of strength, and I have only been able to fly on His wings. 

I also dedicate this thesis to my husband, Owen Juha, who has supported me every step of the way and whose support has ensured that I put forth all of my effort to complete what I have started. To my kids Charisa, Joel, and Sophia (Babe), who have all been affected by my journey in various ways. I’m grateful. There is no way to put a number on my affection for you. God be with you.

Dedication Example 2

I dedicate this dissertation as a tribute to my numerous friends and family. I am incredibly grateful to my loving parents, Robert and Louise Johnson, whose inspiration and drive for persistence continue reverberating in my ears. My sisters Katie, Linda, and Rhonda are treasured and have never left my side. I also dedicate this dissertation to my close friends and church family for their help and encouragement during the writing process.

I dedicate this work to my best friend, Nelson L. Fennings, and my beautiful daughter, Cimone, for supporting me throughout my entire doctoral degree. I express my sincere gratitude to them both. You two have been my most incredible supporters.

Dedication Example 3

This thesis is dedicated to my dear people who have meant and still mean the world to me. Even though they are no longer among us, I still live by their memories of them. To my paternal grandpa Kayode Seydou, who taught me the value of hard work and whose love for me knew no bounds. I appreciate that, paa, and I won’t ever forget you. The following person is my maternal grandmother Diariyatou “Mary” Hamady, who raised me, loved me, and helped me learn how to speak my native Pulaar. Unfortunately, I could never fulfill my vow to send her on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Dedication Example 4

My work is entirely dedicated to my devoted parents and much-loved wife, whose unwavering support made this thesis paper feasible. They always inspire me. In addition, I want to thank my thoughtful siblings, whose guidance was beneficial for my thesis.

A book, thesis, or dissertation dedication is typically a sentence at the start of the document expressing gratitude to someone for their inspiration or assistance. It’s a brief but very personal message.

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7+ Examples of Well Written Dedication Section for Your Report - Acknowledgement World (2024)

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Most academic papers or book writings require a section in which you dedicate your writings to a specific individual. Whether you are writing a book, a thesis, dissertation, research paper or just a project report you may need to write a dedication section for that paper.

The dedication section is where the writer expresses gratitude or acknowledges others, normally those who have inspired or assisted them while writing their book, research paper, or their reports. It is usually found at the beginning of the book or their report.

Whereas the dedication page is usually very short, some writers also use acknowledgement section in their writing which allows the author to include some more people to thank. If you want to write an acknowledgment you can check this post. Acknowledgement Samples For Projects.

The most important thing to remember is that there is NO exact process for writing a perfect dedication. Dedication is one of the most personal parts of your writing, and you are free to write it however you like.

Whom to dedicate in the Dedication section?

Youcan choose whoever you want. A dedication section is generally short and focuses on a single person (or specific group of people). It is usually a personal matter to have a dedication section, rather than a professional one. See Also Rumus Cara Menghitung Togel Yang Akan Keluar | Rumus Hitung Togel Stop The Ped (v4.9.5.1) √ Tata Urutan dan Teks Susunan Upacara Bendera (LENGKAP) How to Lighten Dark & Brown Hair without Bleach-No Damage, Naturally at Home | Hair Mag

You can dedicate your book or writing to the following:

Your Family Members (spouse, children, siblings, parents) Your Friends People who have been influenced by or featured in the book Individuals who have been inspirational or supportive in your life that you wish to highlight in some way.

How to start writing a dedication?

Here are few ways on how to address a dedication, as well as some sample dedications to help you.

“This is in memory of…” “I’d like to dedicate my work to…” “This book is dedicated to…” “In dedication to my…” “It is with genuine gratitude and warm regard that we dedicate this work…” “I dedicate my work to….”

For a full detailed explaination on how to write a dedication you can check this article. How to Write a Book Dedication: Helpful Tips See Also [Tutorial] Cara Save Halaman Tertentu Di Word Beserta Gambar

Here are some samples/templates for writing the dedication page for your dedication section. You can check the samples and write a similar dedication page for your book, thesis, dissertation, or any kind of research paper or project report.

Book Dedication Examples

Many people dedicate their book to a child or to a friend who has influenced their writing. There is no such thing as a specific format to write a dedication section. Keep it short and sweet dedicating to a specific person or a group of person. As it is a section to express your personal feelings and sentiments, there is no wrong answers or format. Because you are expressing yourself, you can decide however you want to write.

Here are some examples of some best written dedication section for a book.

Book Dedication 1

Book Title : The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

Book Dedication Example 2

Book Title: Franny & Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

Book Dedication Sample 3

Book Title: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

Book Dedication Sample 4

Dedication samples for thesis/dissertation.

Most of the dedications in Thesis or Dissertation is dedicated to the family and friends. You can express your feelings on why you want to dedicate your writings to these people specifically in this section.

Here are some of the examples which you can use as a sample for writing your dedication for your thesis or dissertation.

Dedication for Thesis Example 1

Dedication example for thesis 2, dedication sample for dissertation/thesis 3, dedication sample for dissertation/thesis 4, dedication sample for dissertation/thesis 5, dedication sample for dissertation 6, dedication samples for research paper.

Here are some of the examples of dedication written for a research Paper.

Example of Dedication for Research Paper 1

Research paper dedication 2, research paper dedication 3, dedication for college projects.

Here are some examples of dedication for a college project:

College Project dedication Sample 1

Dedication for college projects sample 2.

All these samples are from different sources from the internet and all of them are compiled in a single post so that it becomes easier for you to check all the samples at once and write a perfect dedication for your writings.

7+ Examples of Well Written Dedication Section for Your Report - Acknowledgement World (2024)

What is the example of dedication? ›

An example of dedication is the feeling of being a husband and wife . An example of dedication is an opening ceremony for a new charity organization. An example of dedication is a book written in honor of the author's parents. A dedicating or being dedicated.

The dedication section is where the writer expresses gratitude or acknowledges others, normally those who have inspired or assisted them while writing their book, research paper, or their reports . It is usually found at the beginning of the book or their report.

Acknowledgement Sample 6 I would like to thank all those who are related to this project . Primarily, I would thank God for being able to complete this project with success. Then I will thank my Principal (name of principal) and (subject) teacher, under whose guidance I learned a lot about this project.

  • I wish to show my appreciation.
  • I would like to thank.
  • The assistance provided by Mr X was greatly appreciated.
  • I wish to extend my special thanks to.
  • I would like to thank the following people for helping me finalize the project.

Dedication, Acknowledgements, Preface (optional) Most dedications are short statements of tribute beginning with “To…” such as “To my family”. Acknowledgements are the author's statement of gratitude to and recognition of the people and institutions that helped the author's research and writing.

Examples of dedication in a Sentence It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time. the dedication of the temple They celebrated the dedication of the new building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Write the dedication speech to honor the individual. Dedication speeches often take place at retirement parties, anniversary celebrations and award banquets. Regardless of the specific event, your speech should highlight the individual's accomplishments, share personal anecdotes and combine poignancy with humor .

You may acknowledge God in your thesis or dissertation acknowledgements , but be sure to follow academic convention by also thanking the relevant members of academia, as well as family, colleagues, and friends who helped you.

Acknowledgements enable you to thank all those who have helped in carrying out the research. Careful thought needs to be given concerning those whose help should be acknowledged and in what order. The general advice is to express your appreciation in a concise manner and to avoid strong emotive language.

This is quite a personal matter, and dedications are often made to family members, spouses, friends, or community groups. The acknowledgements page, by contrast, allows you to express thanks for specific contributions, and often features people that the author knows professionally as well as personally.

What is a acknowledgement page? ›

An acknowledgement page is (usually) a one to two page section in the front matter of a book (though sometimes it's located in the back of the book), and its focus is thanking and bringing attention to instrumental persons who helped the book become realized, written, and published.

In the acknowledgements of your thesis or dissertation, you should first thank those who helped you academically or professionally, such as your supervisor, funders, and other academics. Then you can include personal thanks to friends, family members, or anyone else who supported you during the process.

The winning team was sent a certificate in acknowledgement of their recent success. Tom nodded across the room to Stacy in acknowledgement and approval of her comment. She didn't do the job so that she would be recognized, but she expected at least some acknowledgement for her hard work.

Date: I would like to acknowledge that my assignment has been completed and I am ensuring that this was done by me and not copied. In this accomplishment, I would like to express my special gratitude to all my teachers and most importantly our principal Mr./Mrs.

Group Assignment Acknowledgement – Sample 1 We would like to thank all of the people who helped us with this project, without their support and guidance it wouldn't have been possible . We appreciate [ Mr. X ] for his guidance and supervision which has provided a lot of resources needed in completing our project.

The very act of acknowledgement has been defined as the “ recognition of the importance or quality of something ”. When you identify and recognize the importance or quality of someone's efforts, that person subsequently feels seen, heard and understood.

Acknowledgments provide a way to thank those who supported or encouraged you in your research, writing and other parts of developing your report, paper or other project . Develop a list of those who helped you to develop your report or who gave you the time and encouragement that you needed to complete the project.

To write a table of contents, you first write the title or chapter names of your research paper in chronological order. Secondly, you write the subheadings or subtitles, if you have them in your paper. After that, you write the page numbers for the corresponding headings and subheadings.

A dedication page in a book is found at the beginning, before the story starts, and it is a space for the author to – that's right – dedicate the book to someone . The dedication normally isn't long, sometimes only a sentence or two, and is a sweet, heartfelt way to honor someone in the life of the author.

Where do you put dedication? ›

Dedication. The dedication usually goes on the Dedication Page, which usually goes in the very front of the book, after the Title page .

A dissertation or a thesis is an extended piece of writing - it's a long one! So, to help your reader find information easily, you must include a Contents page. Usually, the Contents page will come after the Acknowledgements and Abstract, and before the List of figures (if you have one) and the Introduction .

Dedication can be complete devotion and faith in someone or something , like your dedication to your family, a ceremony in which something is officially named, like the dedication of a new building.

Definition of self-dedication : dedication of oneself to a cause or ideal .

Dedicated to is the correct pairing.

Keep it short. Speak for one to three minutes , depending on how well your audience already knows the speaker. Resist the temptation to list all of the speaker's accomplishments.

A good introduction needs to get the audience's attention, state the topic, make the topic relatable, establish credibility, and preview the main points . Introductions should be the last part of the speech written, as they set expectations and need to match the content.

You could write, "I dedicate this book to …", "This is dedicated to …", "To: …", "For: …" , or simply just start writing your dedication without any formal address. It should be on its own page so everyone will get the hint that it is a dedication page, even if there isn't any formal address.

Both spellings are correct. Acknowledgement is preferred in British English while acknowledgment in American English .

  • I dedicate this thesis to God Almighty my creator, my strong pillar, my source of inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. ...
  • First and foremost, I thank God (Allah) , the Almighty for endowing his immense blessing that helped me in each step of my progress towards the successful completion of my research work.

How do you acknowledge supervisor in thesis? ›

First and foremost I am extremely grateful to my supervisors, Prof. XXX and Dr. XXX for their invaluable advice, continuous support, and patience during my PhD study . Their immense knowledge and plentiful experience have encouraged me in all the time of my academic research and daily life.

This usually follows the Discussion and Conclusions sections. Its purpose is to thank all of the people who helped with the research but did not qualify for authorship (check the target journal's Instructions for Authors for authorship guidelines).

Most dedications are short statements of tribute beginning with “To…” such as “To my family”. Acknowledgements are the author's statement of gratitude to and recognition of the people and institutions that helped the author's research and writing .

The acknowledgment section of a project or research is written to show gratitude to the persons or institutions who significantly contributed during the project/research and helped you complete your project .

A dedication is usually a single sentence at the beginning of a book, thesis, or dissertation that offers the work to someone who inspired you or helped you with it. It's a short statement but one that can be very personal.

How do you write an acknowledgement in a research paper? ›

Preface— An introductory essay written by the author that tells how the book came into being, followed by thanks and acknowledgments to people who were helpful to the author during the time of writing .

The dedication is the writer's personal acknowledgment indicating his or her appreciation and respect for significant individuals in the writer's life . The dedication is personal; thus, any individuals named are frequently unrelated to the topic of the dissertation. Indeed, it need not be academic in any way.

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  1. Examples of Dedications

    Here's an example of a dedication for a thesis: Before diving into the dedication examples below, you should keep a few things in mind: There's no right or wrong way to write a dedication sentence. Who you thank and how you thank them can and should be personal.

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    Austenland by Shannon Hale The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw The Selection by Kiera Cass The End Games by T Michael Martin Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne No Thanks by E. E. Cummings House of Hades by Rick Riordan Ready to practice your own book dedications? What is a book dedication?

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    Dedication for Dissertation/Thesis: Example #1 I dedicate my dissertation work to my family and many friends. A special feeling of gratitude to my loving parents, William and Louise Johnson whose words of encouragement and push for tenacity ring in my ears. My sisters Katie, Linda and Rhonda have never left my side and are very special.

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    How to Write a Book Dedication: A Complete Guide (with Examples) Learn how to write a book dedication, with FAQs on book dedications. See examples, and understand the difference between a dedication and an acknowledgement. Advice for authors from an editor and publishing coach.

  5. Dedication, Acknowledgements, & Preface

    Example: "To my parents." Acknowledgements — A professional tribute to a person or people who helped you with the thesis. Example: "I wish to thank my thesis advisor for the hours of help in the lab making sure the experiments were set up properly and guiding me through the thesis process."

  6. How To Write A Book Dedication (With Examples)

    1. Decide Who Will Be the Focus Think about the people to whom you want to dedicate this work. Who was the most important person? The seminal influence? The people you care the most about? Many people write their book dedication to a child or dedicate their book to a friend who's impacted their creative process. There's no magic formula.

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    - Acknowledgement World How to Write a Dedication for a Thesis or Dissertation? Writing a dedication page for your thesis or dissertation is a great way to honor the people who have supported you throughout the journey of your research and writing.

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    1. Make a list of people, groups, or things you're considering for the dedication. Start a list of people and things you appreciate. Brainstorm a list of at least ten possible subjects for your book's dedication. Here are some ideas: Your spouse/partner and/or children. Your parents or one parent.

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    Thesis / Dissertation Formatting Manual (2024) Dedication Page The Dedication Page is optional. If you choose to include a Dedication Page, please ensure that: You are using the same font as in the rest of your manuscript. No images are included. Page number ii appears centered at the bottom of the page.

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    In another example, author John Cordell chose to dedicate his legal thriller Contempt to his wife. You can see how the dedication is formatted in the actual book below: 2. Decide how to address the person. Once you have chosen the person or people you're dedicating the book to, decide how you want to address them in the dedication page.

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    1. EE Cummings's "no thanks" to publishers The dedication to EE Cummings' 1935 poetry collection No Thanks is, in fact, an anti-dedication: After being rejected by 14 different publishers, Cummings eventually self-published the collection with the help of his mother — but couldn't resist a jab in the dedication of the volume.

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    A dedication page is the author's chance to write a personal note to a person or people who have influenced them in some way. As the name suggests, it's the author's way of dedicating the book to that person or those people. A book dedication is often short and generally comes , before the preface, , and prologue but after the title page, , and ...

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    1) Focus On One Person It's no secret that a dedication is one of the most important parts of a book. After all, it's where you get to honor one special person (or a very few people) with this book. But with so many people to thank, it can be tempting to try to cram everything into a single page.

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