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Eric Carle

posted on 05 Dec 2017

One of my dreams is to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA and to see some of this artist’s paintings

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Robert Sabuda

posted on 01 Nov 2017

Book illustrator or paper engineer? Who cares? Robert Sabuda is king of pop-up books ...

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Walter Trier

posted on 22 Oct 2017

Those who have heard of Walter Trier will probably know him pretty much exclusively as the man who illustrated Erich Kästner’s Emil books.

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Sue Heap

posted on 17 Sep 2017

I don’t have many claims to fame but perhaps one I do have is that this illustrator was in my class at a secondary convent school ...

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Margery Gill

posted on 24 Aug 2017

Anyone who loves the great Oxford University Press children’s classics or those fabulous vintage Puffin books of the 1960s and 70s ....

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Hilda Boswell

posted on 03 Aug 2017

Boswell was born in Hackney in 1903 into a comfortable middle class background – her father was a well-established architect.

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Pauline Baynes

posted on 26 Jun 2017

I find it almost impossible to think about C.S. Lewis’s Nania fantasy without the drawings of Pauline Baynes...

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Garth Williams

posted on 16 Jun 2017

Garth Williams may not be a name that readily springs into your mind when it comes to naming the great children’s book illustrators.

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Tomie de Paola

posted on 02 Jun 2017

This prolific much loved American illustrator has now illustrated over 250 picture and chapter books ...

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Eric Winter

posted on 18 May 2017

I’ve never been a big reader of Ladybird books: at the age I might have been reading them I was much more interested in comics.

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Jean de Brunhoff.

posted on 05 Apr 2017

The name of Jean de Brunhof is synonymous with one fantastic creation – Babar the Elephant.

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H.A. and Margret Rey

posted on 20 Mar 2017

This husband and wife team are probably best known for their cheeky monkey creation Curious George...

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Chris Van Allsburg

posted on 24 Feb 2017

I have to admit that I came to Van Allsburg’s illustrations and children’s books quite late.

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Mabel Lucie Attwell

posted on 03 Feb 2017

Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879 – 1964 ) has a drawing style that has made her one of the most instantly recognisable children’s book illustrators

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Ezra Jack Keats

posted on 08 Jan 2017

Although Ezra Jack Keats is now acknowledged as one of the most important. children’s book illustrators of the twentieth century,...

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Lisbeth Zwerger

posted on 13 Dec 2016

Lisbeth Zwerger trained in Vienna in the 1970s and is now widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary illustrators.

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Warwick Goble

posted on 28 Nov 2016

A couple of years ago I bought a first edition copy of Folk Tales of Bengal illustrated by Warwick Goble as a birthday present ....

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Peggy Fortnum

posted on 23 Nov 2016

The reputation of Peggy Fortnum as an artist and children’s book illustrator will inevitably rest upon her drawings of Paddington Bear.

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John Burningham

posted on 06 Nov 2016

This prolific illustrator has been around in book illustration for a very long time and is still producing beautiful books,

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Randolph Caldecott

posted on 04 Nov 2016

Randolph Caldecott Born in 1846, Randolph Caldecott is often thought of as the quintessential Victorian children’s book illustrator ...

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John Tenniel (1820 – 1914 )

posted on 22 Sep 2016

I don’t have any statistics to support this but I suspect that editions of  Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass...

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Jessie Willcox Smith

posted on 11 Sep 2016

Born in Philadelphia in 1863, Jessie Willcox Smith personifies what is often known as the ‘Golden Age’ of American illustration.

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Charles Keeping

posted on 25 Aug 2016

I first became aware of Charles Keeping as an illustrator well before I knew his name.

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Angela Banner

posted on 08 Jul 2016

Angela Banner is the creator and illustrator of the Ant and Bee reading scheme books for children that were originally published in the early 1960s

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Peter Firmin

posted on 23 Jun 2016

Peter Firmin is quite simply a legend. This is the co-creator of Bagpuss,The Clangers and Pogles Wood - all of them classics of their genre.

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J.R.R. Tolkien

posted on 25 May 2016

I don't need to spend any time convincing you of the story telling qualities of Tolkien but you might just be a little surprised ...

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Jane Ray

posted on 15 May 2016

This award winning English artist has illustrated over 70 books for children, including several that she has written herself

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Edward Ardizzone

posted on 06 May 2016

I first became aware of Edward Ardizzone’s work as an illustrator of children’s books when I bought a hardback copy of ...

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David Roberts

posted on 15 Apr 2016

I was lucky enough to be at a conference a few years ago where David Roberts was one of the star attractions.

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Alan Aldridge

posted on 22 Mar 2016

As an illustrator, Alan Aldridge personifies the British late Sixties hippie and underground.

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Alfred Bestall

posted on 06 Mar 2016

Whenever I see a Rupert Bear drawing it immediately conjours my childhood Christmas mornings when comic book annuals were on of my staples

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Thomas Henry

posted on 14 Feb 2016

The William series of books by Richmal Crompton continue to have appeal to today's younger readers despite the fact that .....

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Karin Littlewood

posted on 25 Jan 2016

Karin Littlewood has a very distinctive illustrative style which I really admire.

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Sarah Garland

posted on 24 Dec 2015

Sarah Garland has published more than 50 books so far. The daughter of an author and an illustrator, she originally trained as a typographer..

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Lauren Child

posted on 15 Oct 2015

This highly distinctive illustrator freely admits that she is surprised at the success of her children's books.

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Michael Foreman

posted on 08 Oct 2015

I have loved this prolific illustrator for a very long time and am always on the lookout for more books to add to my collection.

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Arthur Rackham

posted on 16 Sep 2015

Arthur Rackham is an illustrator I grew up with - without knowing who he was.....

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