When you were a child reading, you probably didn’t think of the author and illustrators as much as you did the characters in the story or the drawings representing scenes. In this book you’ll find the people behind the story and what inspired them as a child to read. If you’re looking for a mentor or have a favourite author / illustrator, see if they’re in this reference book of forty artists.
Leonard S. Marcus author and illustrator writes the forward for this collection of thoughts and inspirations from children book writers. In few words Marcus is able to emphasis that one never knows what one little phrase or illustration or character can do to a child’s desire to read. Marcus closes by quoting Robert Lawson;
No one can possibly tell what tiny detail of a drawing or what seemingly trivial phrase in a story will be the spark that sets off a great flash in the mind of some child, a flash that will leave a glow there until the day he dies.”
The process of creating this book began in September 2003 at the RIF National Reading Celebrations, when twenty three of the illustrators featured in these pages interacted face-to-face with twenty thousand children and their families at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Seventeen more have since joined us to complete this commemorative volume and to help celebrate RIF’s fortieth birthday.
Now that I’ve said that! I realized that I am fascinated and admire all of them, please take a look at the book, Robert Sabuda who creates pop up books and there are cartoon illustrators too.