Don't forget to read about how I met Tedd Arnold after this post.
High school is where my serious love of children's books began, and I started to explore the idea of becoming a Children's Librarian. (Why did I ever steer off of that path!!?)
During my early high school years my mother bought me Animalia by Graeme Base which is one of the most richly illustrated books I had ever seen!
Animalia is what really opened my eyes to the idea that children's book illustration is a form of art!
Here is the Graeme Base Website, author/illustrator of Animalia and many other books.
The book below was given to me by a friend my Sophomore year. It was a great help in learning about illustrators of the past. I learned about the Caldecott Medal and Randolph Caldecott himself and studied the illustrations of Kate Greenaway, Arthur Rackham, and E.H. Shepard. And I did it all without the internet! The Williston Library had a fantastic biography of Kate Greenaway!
|The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration by Richard Dalby|
The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration contains small biographies of a number of illustrators (56 different illustrators to be exact).
Here are just a few of my favorites. Click on each name and you will be taken to Project Gutenberg where you can see a copy of one of their books! Isn't technology wonderful!?
Leslie L. Brooke
During my Senior year my English teacher had our class do a number of activities involving children's literature. We had a speech assignment which involved learning a children's book and reading it aloud to an elementary class. I chose Whose Mouse Are You by Robert Kraus and Illustrated by Jose Aruego. My mother read this book to my brother and me when we were kids. It's a great read-aloud and I still love it!
Along with learning a book, we had to recite a poem from memory. I chose The Duel by Eugene Field, otherwise known as The Gingham Dog and The Calico Cat.
I believe I froze behind the podium the first time (no big surprise there), but was given another go and did fine the second time.
My Senior year is also the year I was able to meet one of my favorite authors, Tedd Arnold!