Two amazing things happened in the literary world yesterday:
National Library Lovers’ Month and Children’s Author & Illustrator Week started!
But you’re not a librarian or kid, so why should you care, right? And don’t we celebrate this every February?
Let’s not forget the impact children’s authors and illustrators, and libraries had on us growing up. It’s these authors and illustrators that filled our childhoods with books and stories that helped us escape, helped us dare to dream about what life could be. And it was the library that gave us a special space to do so. At least, this is the case for me and many others.
Thank you to the children’s book authors who changed my childhood by bringing a little magic to it: Norton Juster, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Eric Carle, R. L. Stine, and so many others!
For the sake of doing something different, I’d like to take a special look at children’s book illustrators. In publishing, writers almost take all the credit though the process is collaborative. After all, a writer may create a story but it’s the illustrator that evolves the writer’s idea into something more—a recognizable art piece, a product you can’t help but want to hold in your hands. Design and illustration are the elements of a book that entices the curious to pick up a book, thus acting as the catalyst to a journey.
Below are some of my current favorite children’s book illustrators. Though admittedly, I haven’t read any of the books below, the point of sharing them is to give a sample of each illustrator’s work. These illustrators are definitely worth a look.
5 Children’s Book Illustrators to Watch