Part 1- Animals
I admit, I judge a book by its cover. Especially in children’s literature. When the art grabs my attention on the cover, I know goodies await my eyes on the inside; think eye candy!
However, my first impression is never “Such a pretty picture…” when I see the covers. Instead my brain deciphers right away, what exactly about the cover entices me to open the book. There are numerous qualities on my checklist and these carry over into the illustrations of the book itself. Some books will have just one checkmark, others, two or more.
These qualities will be explored in my new series, ‘NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators and the Why I Love Their Work’ kicking off right now as part of the #kidlitwomen movement. Women have been rockin’ the kidlit world for decades and continue to do so.
To start us off, my theme for Part 1 is Animals. Why? Simple, because I love animal stories, especially dog stories. And these women illustrators used their magic to reel me in. The following illustrators were chosen for the animal category but may show up in later posts for other categories. (For post length, I chose some favorites off the top of my head). Checklist category, explanation, illustrator name, and illustrator sample follow. All photos are my own taken from books I own or from my local library.
Adorablism- my word defining the cuteness of animals portrayed in books that matched the written story within.
Emoting – I can feel these animals emotions throughout the story, making me a part of it.
Realism – Animals drawn to look realistic. I love these books for research and for reference. Illustrations capture the animals true essence and pull me into their world.
All of these #kidlitwomen illustrators are exceptional in their field, in my opinion. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did while I reread their stories as I chose my favorite artwork of theirs for this post. And may these women inspire you.