Thursday, August 28, 2014

Judging a Book By Its Cover: My Seven Favorite Children's Book Illustrators



I have a confession to make - I judge books by their covers.

Well, mostly I judge children's books by their covers.  My non-scientific approach to finding good children's book generally amounts to - "Ooh, that's a neat picture!"  Generally, I find this approach works quite well.  Good storytelling and good illustration often goes hand in hand.

So today I wanted to share some of my favorite illustrators - the ones whose work I can spot from a mile away and generally doesn't disappoint in the actual story.

I love these illustrators for a variety of reasons.  Often for the details that are hidden in each frame, just waiting for something new to be discovered.  Sometimes for the simplicity.  Some I love for their whimsy and others for the realism.  All in all, they are beautiful books to grace any bookshelf.


DAVID SMALL- 

     

      

DIANE GOODE- 

   

    


MARLA FRAZEE-

    

   

WILLIAM JOYCE-
   
   

SIMON JAMES-

   

   

TRINA SCHART HYMAN-

  

   

TOMIE DEPAOLA-

   
   

I could go on.*
So take this list and my blessing to appreciate children's book illustrators and judge a book by it's cover.

*Really I could, I'm already making "Part 2" in my head.

(If you need to expand your home library, these pictures are Amazon Affiliate Links for your purchasing pleasure.  I get a small kick back for this.  I usually buy books.)