Part 2 – Animals vs. Humans
Animals show up in more picture books than humans and for good reason: children relate well to them, and sometimes those really hard concepts are easier for children to connect with animals than humans. So which is better, animal or human illustrations, for the story?
They are equal. Why? Because it’s up to the illustrator to illustrate the best story for the manuscript they are given or have written themselves. There is no ‘vs.’ because the best story will come out through the illustrator’s artistry which is the best for the reader. And the end result will be phenomenal; an illustrated story within the story. And sometimes, it’s illustrations only, no text. Magic!
Due to the numerous women illustrators to choose from, I make it easier on myself to showcase the illustrators, by whose work I find at the library or book store. As this series progresses, I will add more illustrators and their work to categories I have already showcased, and add new categories as I see fit.
To see more of each illustrator’s artwork, click on their names.
QUIRKY CHARACTERS: These characters may be just the main character or the entire ensemble. I love them because they are shown in their natural and/or unnatural element and their personalities shine through in the illustrations.
Now flip the book over
Adorablism – my own ‘ism’ defining the cuteness of animals portrayed in books that matched the story within.
Culture, Community & Inclusion– Experiencing another culture or being a part of a community is not easy to do but these illustrators invite us into it.
Emoting – I can feel these characters emotions throughout the story, pulling me into it further.
I hope you have enjoyed Part 2 of this series. Part 3 coming up sometime in April 2018.
Keep your local public libraries and independent bookstores alive by checking out books for you and your family and buying from these indie stores if possible.
May you all have a terrific week!