We’ve talked a lot about how we remember the illustrations in our childhood books sometimes more than we do the story. Here, you’ll learn a bit about the history of children’s illustrations and how we go about ‘reading’ them.
Picture books tell a story through a visual medium. Often with text, but sometimes with only images. When we read a picture book we are reading those images just as we are reading the text. Please watch this short history of children’s illustration.
You may have seen some images that you recognized in this video. Awards for children’s books include the John Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenway Medal named for those illustrators.
Fairy Tale Illustration (and response)
As in the video, a lot of the early history of children’s illustrations was tied into fairy tales. Please look through this slide show of illustrations of famous fairy tale illustrators.
Choose two images that stand out to you and in the comments below explain which images you chose and why you chose them.