Children’s Book Illustrators


This week I’ve been reading about how to recognize a well-illustrated book, meaning one that promotes visual literacy. Children today must learn to be discriminating about what they see, more so now than ever, considering how much visual stimulation they are bombarded with day in and day out.
So what makes a book well-illustrated? I would say that the illustrations should reinforce or enhance the story, should help build up the characters, setting, or mood, and should build children’s appreciation of art. Here are a few examples, both old and new:

“Historical” Illustrators:

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jean de Brunhoff

Jean de Brunhoff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pyle John Tenniel

John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


By Illustration by W.W. Denslow (d. 1915) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


By Randolph Caldecott, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans (Library of Congress[1][2]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Contemporary” Illustrators:

Felicia Bond

By Felicia Bond, Illustrator (Supplied by Felicia Bond, illustrator) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Michael Hague “Queen of the Black Coast by Robert E Howard” Photo by Plum leaves


Shaun Tan “Lost Things” Photo by Dunkers kulturhus


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s