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5 tips for illustrating children's books

The world of picture books is currently experiencing a golden age. Sales are good and talent is abundant. As such it is a hugely competitive …

How to paint a crowd in watercolour

Artist Hashim Akib is famous for his impasto acrylic paintings, but he accepted our challenge to give watercolour a go, with great results<p>My main …

How to paint animals with expression

Dutch artist Marjolein Kruijt answers your queries on how to create animal portraits with a difference<p>Marjolein Kruijt, <i>English Bulldog</i>, oil on …

Quick tips: how to paint movement

Channel the energy of a figure in motion using loose brushstrokes, says artist Marie Antoniou<p>This artwork shows how you can first apply energised …

The Tiger who Came to Tea: Owp!

<i>The Tiger Who Came to Tea</i>, by Judith Kerr, 1968.<p>Our edition: HarperCollins, 2007.<p>Click on the cover to listen to the way we read <i>The Tiger Who Came to</i> …

Rosie's Walk: Picture book perfection

<i>Rosie's Walk</i>, by Pat Hutchins. The Bodley Head, 1968.<p>Our edition, Red Fox, Random House Children's Books, 2009.<p><i>Rosie's Walk</i> is, simply put, picture …

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi: What are you doing with Alan's hat?

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg<br>Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979<br>Caldecott Honor Medal, 1980 <br>Click on the cover to listen to the way we …

In the Night Kitchen: Stir it! Scrape it! Make it! Bake it!

<i>In the Night Kitchen</i>, by Maurice Sendak, 1970.<p>Our edition: Red Fox (Random House), 2001<p>Click above to listen to our special reading, with music, of <i>In</i> …

I Want My Hat Back: Don't ask me any more questions.

<i>I Want my Hat Back</i> by Jon Klassen<br>Walker Books, 2011<p>Click above to listen to the way we read <i>I Want my Hat Back</i><p>The first book both written and …

The Amazing Bone: Scrabboonit!

<i>The Amazing Bone</i><br>William Steig<br>Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976<p>The Amazing Bone, by William Steig by We read it like this <br>Click above to listen to the way …

Shrek!: aesthetic judgements, the relationship between desire and beauty and why we love what we love

<i>Shrek!</i> by William Steig<br>Original edition: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 1990. <br>Our edition: Square Fish, 2007<p><i>This text is an adapted reproduction of a</i> …

Harold and the Purple Crayon: Deciphering Reality

<i>Harold and the Purple Crayon</i> by Crockett Johnson<br>Harper, 1955<br>Our edition: HarperCollins, 2005<p><i>This text is an adapted reproduction of a module written</i> …

Frederick

<i>This text is a reproduction of a module written by Nicole Giambalvo, translated by myself and revised by Mariana Zárate for Teaching Children</i> …

PictureBookers, The art of picturebooks & childrens books

How do I price picture book illustrations? Pricing illustration is hardly ever…<p>There are picture books… and there are books with pictures. …

What's the Better Format, Landscape or Portrait?

One of the basic choices you make when publishing a fine art photography book or art book is the page format: landscape or portrait? While this is …

Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

In 1976, Italian artist, architect, and designer <b>Luigi Serafini</b>, only 27 at the time, set out to create an elaborate encyclopedia of imaginary objects and creatures that fell somewhere between Edward Gorey’s cryptic alphabets, Albertus Seba’s cabinet of curiosities, the book of surrealist games, and</i> …

Rhyming Picture Books: For Those Who Must

If you are determined to write books in rhyme,<br>Make sure that your meter is smooth all the time.<br>Watch out where you place those long sounding words,<br>Or …

Writing

In praise of James Marshall

In <i>The New York Times</i> this week novelist Amy Bloom has a piece, “For the Love of ‘George and Martha,’” praising the stories of the hippo duo created …

For the Love of ‘George and Martha’

Reasonable people can differ about books, and about authors. My Lee Child, your Walter Mosley. My Alice Munro, your Carol Shields. I am a reasonable woman but there is no differing with me about James Marshall’s brilliance in the George and Martha children’s stories.<p>First of all, he took their …

Free Picture Book Thumbnail Templates for Writers and Illustrators

With some sketches for picture book NAKED! (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, author Michael Ian Black)When I was asked to illustrate my …

The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017

Profound and poetic illustrated celebrations of solitude, self-possession, friendship, and our place in the cosmos.<p><i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time,”</i> <i>Charlotte’s Web</i> author E.B. White asserted. <i>“You have to write up, not down.”</i> A generation later, Maurice Sendak scoffed …

Literature

An Aussie doing 12 X 12

I’m to the halfway point of the annual Picture Book Challenge founded by picture book author, Julie Hedlund. The idea of the 12 X 12 challenge is to …

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: A Tender Tale of Loneliness, Belonging, and How Friendship Transforms Us

A subtle meditation on the meaning of solidarity, the relationship between the ego and the capacity for love, and the little tendrils of care that become the armature of friendship.<p>We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. There is a strange and sorrowful …

littlewolf

Buzz-saw of the imagination

Gorgeous Picture Books That Reveal the Power of the Pencil

<b>SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS</b><br>Written and illustrated by Allen Say.<br>63 pp. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $21.99.<br>(Picture book; ages 7 and up)<p><b>LINES</b><br>Written and illustrated by Suzy Lee.<br>40 pp. Chronicle. $17.99.<br>(Picture book; ages 4 to 8)<p><b>MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL</b><br>By Malala Yousafzai.<br>Illustrated by Kerascoet.<br>38 …

Oxford University Press forced to defend 'X-rated scene' in children’s book

It was meant to be an innocent tale, following the adventures of three youngsters Biff, Chip and Kipper Robinson.<p>But Oxford University Press has been forced to defend one of its children’s books, after speculation that its illustrations hinted at a sexual liaison taking place behind bushes.<p>The …

Picture books aren't just for children

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Assistant Professor Myra Garces-Bacsal thinks we have a lot to learn from books with pictures. She …

Julia Donaldson: ‘I don’t want to say I’m sick of The Gruffalo’

The author, 69, talks about sensible relationships, her sense of loss, writing songs about hats and the Ugly Five<p><b>I really wanted to be an actor.</b> When I was 12, I understudied the fairies in the Old Vic production of <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i> with Judi Dench, Tom Courtenay and lots of starry people, …

We’ve Been Saying Goodnight to That Moon for 70 Years

It doesn’t have a plot or much of a main character, and it all takes place inside one room. But ‘Goodnight Moon’ has been enchanting us for …