The March of Letters is nearly over and I’m ready to set another goal. This time, I’ll be working my way through the alphabet with the Blogging From A-Z Challenge. After a lot of thinking and theme changing, I’m really excited about what I’ve decided to share: An A-Z Guide of Children’s Authors and Illustrators You Don’t Know, But Should.
We all know the names Eric Carle, Margaret Wise Brown, Maurice Sendak, Jan Brett, and Ezra Jack Keats, and can probably even name several of their titles. Authors like Herve Tullet, Anna Dewdney, and Eve Bunting are becoming more popular as well. But what if I dropped names like Alvin Tresselt, Phoebe Wahl, and Helen Ahpornsiri? Are you still with me?
Even though “children’s books” is a broad category, spanning everything from board books to young adult fiction, I’m going to be focusing on picture books. In part because I needed a narrower niche to help keep me on track, and in part because this is the type of book my children are currently enjoying. But mostly . . . mostly because I love them.
I collect picture books the way some women collect shoes. I’m drawn to the beautiful illustrations and the cadence of the words on the pages. They’re a beautiful art form, and each reader has their own taste in “book art.” Each author and/or illustrator I’ve chosen has been selected because:
- their overall work (if they have more than one title) is visually appealing
- the words (if there are any) in the featured titles melt together with their illustrations
- the featured books convey something meaningful – whether that be a life lesson, a lovely story, or the invitation to think
I’ll be adding a link to each day’s “review” here, so go ahead and bookmark this post so you don’t miss anything – especially since I have a couple of giveaways in store for you.
I hope you come along for this alphabetical journey and discover new-to-you artists along the way. (I had some “technical difficulties” that put me behind, but the reviews are coming, I promise!)
You can also click on the button below to find all the other blogs participating in the challenge. If you find a favorite, I’d love it if you left a comment so I can check it out, too.