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Highlighting Picture Books

Illustrators are artists. They are usually the first artists children get to know. Many of you might have had an illustrator or author/illustrator whose work you loved and sought out.

The original illustrations of a book might be done in any number of mediums and are often highly prized pieces.

Several museums exist worldwide highlighting children’s book art and there have been many exhibits devoted to specific artists.

In the U.S., The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located in Amherst, MA. Currently, they have an online exhibit featuring the work of Asian-American illustrators. Author Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) introduces the exhibit which was created during COVID partly in response to rising anti-Asian hate. Please check it out here:

Carle Museum Online Exhibit

At the University of Findlay in Ohio, there is a large collection of original children’s book art.

Featuring many favorites!

Many exhibits have been curated featuring the work of one artist, such as this exhibit from a decade ago that ran at New York’s Jewish Museum about husband and wife, H.A and Margaret Rey, the creators of Curious George. Many of these exhibits will show you concept drawings and sketches and other works that the artists created. For example, a recent Maurice Sendak exhibit at the Morgan Library in Manhattan, focused on his set design work for the theatre which complemented his illustration/book work.

Curious George at The Jewish Museum

Maurice Sendak at the Morgan Library

What do you think? Would you go to an exhibit of children’s book art? Is there an artist you would want an original illustration from? (optional)