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:“Contemporary” Illustrators: