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.)



 

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    1. Every time I pick up a Simon James book I have the sudden urge to hiking ;)

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  2. I would buy the phone book if Marla Frazee illustrated it! Just discovered Seven Silly Eaters to add to our (my?) growing collection, thanks to Kendra's post. And I love Trina Schart Hyman & Tomie de Paola, too. Can't wait to check out these others.

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    1. Oh my goodness - me too! I want to live in the Silly Eaters house.

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  3. Check out illustrations by K.Y. Craft. I checked out Twelve Dancing Princesses so many times in elementary school because I would just stare at the beautiful illustrations.

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    1. I'm coming to O. just to read your girls these books =D Beautiful!

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  4. Oh, I know some of these, but not all! We love the silly eaters and Tomie de Paola, but several of these are new to me. Can't wait to get to the library!

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  5. Thank you so much for this collection! I was wondering if you have any favorite illustrators who have done Catholic children's books? I have been very frustrated with trying to find a beautifully illustrated Catholic children's bible in particular. When my girls are going to be looking at the pictures so much at their young ages I feel the illustrations are important and, well, I just haven't found one that doesn't seem kind of comic-strip like.

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    1. For younger kids I adore anything by Maite Roche.

      I like the illustrators from the Once Upon a Time Saints series - Ben Hatke and Tom Matt and the "Life of a Saint Books" from Ignatius press seem to be nicely illustrated.

      Tomie DePaola has books on Mary, Bible Stories, St. Patrick, the Holy Twins, etc. too

      That's all I can think of at the moment, but maybe I can make a "Catholic Edition" sometime in the future! Thanks for the idea!


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