Monday, August 11, 2008

Children's Book Illustration

oops, yet another non-art post...but I just can't contain my excitement :)

My sister and I headed out to the Montclair Public Library (i think?) today. She told me about their great 6 (old, unloved?) books for $1 deal, so we went to loot their bookshelves.

And loot we did.

48 books for $8, what a steal. We found several of our beloved childhood books. I was on the hunt for great illustrations, and managed to pick up a ton of lovely picture books. Wanted to share some of my favorites here (they're too good NOT to share):

Trina Schart Hyman. I fell in love with her work after seeing Saint George and the Dragon. ha I was overjoyed to find five of her books.

Mercer Mayer (from East of the Sun & West of the Moon)

Eric Beddows (from Shadow Play). Wonderful silhouettes.

Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

Barbara Berger (Grandfather Twilight) Very simple and whimsical...nice colors, too.

Heidi Holder (Aesop's Fables)

Susan Jeffers (top, for The Wild Swans) and John Steptoe (bottom, for the wonderful Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters)

Some Tomie DePaola (top) and Don Freeman (bottom, for Inspector Peckit)

this one was an interesting find. It's by Rolf Myller. The book, A Very Noisy Day, caught my eye because of the way typography was utilized.

and...Bill Peet!

Very happy to find his little autobiography. Not very heavy with insight, more like a collection of light anecdotes, complemented with his lively illustrations.

and another, from Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent

all images (c) their respective creators


jen bergan said...

omg that's awesome. i am insanely jealous right now.

Megan said...

Nice. I have fond memories of my children's girls got quite a lot of treasure there.

Anonymous said...

How charming! I'm always on the hunt for great children's books and have recently discovered Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks (which has a special focus on teeth!) They have work by acclaimed children's books illustrator Helen Oxenbury appearing in the Storybox series for September. In addition to this, they also have some great activities for rainy days:,, Enjoy!

elephantmarchblog said...

Thanks for puttin' all this up for us. Top notch. You've got some simply gorgeous sketches of your own up, as well.

Carrie Liao said...

@ book:

Thanks for the links!


I couldn't resist, it was too much eye candy (:
Thanks for your kind words, and the same to you! you have some wonderful work on your blog!

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