Pictured Worlds: Masterpieces of Children’s Book Art by 101 Essential Illustrators from Around the World

Abrams. Mar. 2023. 432p. Tr $75. ISBN 9781419738982.
A stunning collection that presents a treasure trove of children’s books’ history. The 101 artists featured each made an extraordinary contribution to the illustrated children’s book form. Most of them have been lauded with Caldecotts, Hans Christian Awards, or Kate Greenaway Medals. Featured are many familiar creators, such as Eric Carle, Ashley Bryan, Virginia Lee Burton, and Yuyi Morales. Renowned international artists include Akaba Suekichi, Elsa Beskow, and Christian Epanya. Unfortunately, only a handful of the subjects are BIPOC, reflective of the very white children’s books publishing landscape. Each person is accompanied by an example of their work. Photos, reproductions, biographies, and publication histories are shared for each. These elements prove why the artists merit inclusion in this compendium of greats. The impeccable design and author’s expertise will delight children’s lit aficionados and academics.
VERDICT A work of art in itself, this volume about the picture book art form is a must-have for shelves celebrating children’s books.

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