Books as Art

I receive a weekly eNewsletter from Village Books in Fairhaven. It’s a great source for all things book-related. Plus, it’s a good reminder that the independent bookstore is still alive and well!

A recent edition had a link to this article, a list of the 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books of All Time. These 20 books are certainly examples of “Books as Art,” and many of these titles are in our collection here at the library, including:

The Arrival, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
Outside Over There, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Flotsam, written and illustrated by David Wiesner
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale, written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Tale from China, written and illustrated by Ed Young
The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
The Little Prince, written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Animalia, written and illustrated by Graeme Base

Proud Peacocks from “Animalia” by Graeme Base.

In a quick browse of the children’s picture book collection, I discovered two books illustrated with the bold art of Ted Harrison, The Cremation of Sam McGee, and O Canada. I also have long been a fan of the wordless book, On Christmas Eve, with illustrations by Peter Collington.

Children’s librarian, Lisa Anderson, shared several of her favorite beautiful books:

Too Many Toys, written and illustrated by David Shannon
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, with words and illustrations by Mo Willems
Max Cleans Up, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Sector 7, written and illustrated by David Wiesner
Where the Wild Things Are, with story and pictures by Maurice Sendak

Look over the online list–and the beautiful artwork–and see what you think. Do you have a favorite Beautiful Children’s Book? Respond with a comment and let us know.




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3 Responses to Books as Art

  1. Anonymous

    I just discovered a fairly new edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett illustrated by Inga Moore which is truly beautiful. It’s not a children’s picture book but it’s still wonderfully illustrated. I’m going to buy it for my granddaughters when they’re old enough to appreciate it!

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