Illustrators That We Simply Adore

Eliza Clark
May 27, 2008

As Tuesday (List Day) rolls around once more, we offer you a list of some our favorite children's book illustrators. Without further ado:

Beatrix Potter. She set the standard, reinvented the art, and gave us all of those naughty, beautiful bunnies and kittens, hedgehogs, mice, and more.

Ernest H. Shepard. He brought that Silly Old Pooh Bear and friends to life with the simplest of line drawings, and The Wind in the Willows' cast of creatures too.

Ludwig Bemelmans. Creator of Madeline and the ever so elegant Parisian backdrop to her adventures.

Eric Carle. Who truly believes that nothing less than art belongs on the pages of his incomparable children's books.

Jane Dyer. Her watercolor renderings of animals are simply breathtaking.

Elisha Cooper. Stylish and contemporary with a classic touch, whether drawing the beach, an evening walk, a fat cat, or ice cream.

And for more ideas, see the wonderful book Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art by (of course!) the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (which you absolutely must visit if you should ever happen to find yourself in Western Massachusetts).

Help us with this list! There are so many amazing illustrators, and it was very hard to choose -- which are your favorites?

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    I recently saw a special on the art of Denise Fleming. She has written and illustrated such gems as, "Count", "In the Tall, Tall, Grass" and "In the Small, Small Pond," among others. She creates all of her illustrations out of vibrant homemade paper pulp! Amazing and breathtaking. Nothing like knowing more about what goes on behind the scenes to help you fully appreciate an artist's work.

    over a year ago

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