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MY BIG LIST OF FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: PART 1

08.17.13

I love children’s book art and have a large collection of picture books from my favorite artists. I keep them in my studio and look through them often. I was recently asked what my favorite children’s book artists were, and like most times when I’m put on the spot, I froze. My mind went blank. So, I created a list of over fifty children’s book artists that I love, and this is the first part of a five part blog post.

Mary Blair

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Yara Kono

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Bob Staake

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Dan Krall

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Crockett Johnson

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Bernard Most

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Valeri Gorbachev

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Leo Timmers

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Neal Layton

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Antoinette Portis

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Who are your favorite children’s book artists?

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pete hautman says:

Mary Blair’s “I Can Fly” is one of the very first books I can remember – the original Little Golden Book from the fifties. In fact, I just quoted it in an essay about the influences in the Klaatu trilogy: “Gubble gubble gubble/I’m a mubble in a pubble/I can play/I’m anything that’s anything. That’s my way.”
Those images are permanently embedded in my head.

Ruth Krauss’ words and Mary Blair’s art, WOW! Truly fantastic. Ruth Krauss is connected to 3 more artists on my list. She was completely brilliant and way ahead of her time. She was way ahead of our time.

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This series of posts is so much fun that I’m going to steal the idea! (I love your choices.)

Steal away! I don’t think I invented favorite lists. I was at a conference and another illustrator asked me who my favorite illustrators were, and i just went blank. So I started writing them down. Thanks for checking out my list!

Of course you invented the favorites list, everyone knows that!

whadah ya think?

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