This week we have been enjoying, “Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art.”
In the pages of this fantastic book, you will find a collection of short, focused biographical pieces from various childrens’ book illustrators. Each illustrator shares a very brief story about their journey as an artist. The illustrators write in a way that is very conversational, as if they were talking to the reader.
Included for each illustrator are images of early doodles from childhood as well as first published pieces. We particularly enjoyed some of the photographs of the illustrators in their studios.
Some of the featured illustrators are well loved in our house: Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, Jerry Pickney, Chris VanAllsburg, and RoseMary Wells. (many of whom have become authors of children’s books as well)
Others were unfamiliar to us: Barry Moser and Alice Provenson.
There are many more included in the book and we look forward to reading them.
One suggestion is to use this book over the course of several weeks. Read your children several of the books illustrated by one specific illustrator and at the end of the day/week/reading time, read the biographical story by that illustrator.
Or you can do what we did and just enjoy several of the stories by illustrators right away. We got started with a few whom we know well. We’ll get a few books by some of the unknown illustrators and then read their story as well.
I doubt we will read all 23, but I am quite confident that the budding artist in the house will read the majority, if not all!
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