Picture book authors receive a lot of credit when their books come out. While they deserve every bit of attention they get, I wish that illustrators received the same amount of publicity. It is my hope that this post gives some equally well-deserving illustrators, their credits due.
Picture book illustrators are constantly providing me with never-ending joy. Most of the time, this joy comes from their character’s attitudes. Illustrators create wonderful bits of energy and feeling with their character’s facial expressions and actions, which continually give me life.
Below are some of my absolute favorites. Some are well-loved and others are new. I hope they provide you with some pre-weekend laughs.
First of all, these books are always a joy to behold. However, Mr. Panda’s face is just amazing in this scene & most of the book, for that matter.
Benji Davies work is always gorgeous. I love his character, Bear, who is extremely introvert. You can see in Bear’s eyes, the pain/annoyance that he is feeling in this moment.
I relate to Mo Willems’ Gerald, so much in this scene. The struggle to share when you have something great, is so real. I love the sneaky smile that he portrays.
Jon Klassen presents us with two turtles, who have to figure out what to do when they discover ONE cool hat. Their eyes say so much in this image & it makes me laugh everytime.
Kevin Henkes is brilliant at facial expressions. They make Lilly the dynamic, creative, over-protective, cunning & brilliant character that she is. I love her and how she & these books influenced my childhood & who I grew up to be.
Claudia Rueda just understands cats. I wonder if she has a cat herself? Being a cat owner, I recognize every one of Cat’s feelings. These books are hilarious and Rueda’s images just give it that perfect finish.
Honestly, Dan Santat gave me so many images that I could have chosen for this post. However, Mrs. Smith’s face just cracks me up. I am not sure if she is irritated, or tired, or just going through the motions, but I love every stroke of her image.
I obviously like cats. They are just so expressive. A.N. Kang captures Papillon’s sass so perfectly on this costume page.
I think the above image, can’t be any clearer. Georgie is having a rough day. It is so sad and pathetic and made me care about the character so much. I think that is what an illustration should do, and Ruth Chan did it perfectly.
As you can see, there is so much more to picture books than just the written word. I love these illustrators. If you would like to support them, please click on their names (above) to see other titles that they have created. I would also recommend following them on Twitter & sharing how much you love their work!
Here is a list of their Twitter Pages for easy access:
Kevin Henkes (doesn’t have Twitter because he is old school, but click to see his website)
Thanks for reading!
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