Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I think I'm developing a minor obsession with children's books and especially with book illustrations. I think it started with a visit to a Brooklyn bookstore during our Thanksgiving trip. See those pictures? My sister and I just about lost it. Mind you it was not just a kids' bookstore, but we didn't buy anything "for ourselves," just "for the children."
The there was the New York Book Review list of best picture books of 2007.
Then I came across artist Julia Rothman's wonderful blog, Book By its Cover. The children's category is my favorite even though all the posts are interesting. I am just itching to pitch our copy of Pinocchio to replace with this one.
Luckily, Sabrina and CC share my new interest (too weak a word, really), and are enthusiastic about spending hours in bookstores and get very excited about new books and illustrations. Our latest love is Gyo Fujikama (see my review of her books on babycenter.com), whose detailed illustrations from the 60's no one in our home can get enough of these days.
I am thinking about doing some kind of regular feature on Good + Happy Day about books and illustrations as a way to continue exploring this topic, deepening my knowledge of children's literature and illustration and sharing my best finds. To start, I would love to learn about and share your favorites, so please leave me a comment!