NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators & Why I Love Their Work #kidlitwomen

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.

Eda Kaban

 Eda Kaban - quirky character humans


Jess Pauwels

Jess Pauwels - animals humor


Kari Rust

 Kari Rust - quirky characters human and animal


Lita Judge

 Lita Judge Monkey

Emily Gravett

 Emily Gravett - quirky charaCTERS ANIMALS


Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

 Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Quirky characters animals, flip it over

 Now flip the book over

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, quirky characters, flip it over 2

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan - quirky characters animals  

Adorablism – my own ‘ism’ defining the cuteness of animals portrayed in books that matched the story within. 

Katy Hudson

 Katy Hudson - adorablism animals

 Lori Nichols

 Lori Nichols - adorablism human characters

 Margie Moore

 Margie Moore - adorablism


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.

Jana Christy

 Jana Christy - community, inclusion

 Jess Hong

 Jess Hong - diversity, community, early concept

 Marla Frazee

 Marla Frazee, community, inclusion, diversity

 Sue Cornelison

 Sue Cornelison - culture, realism, diversity


Emoting – I can feel these characters emotions throughout the story, pulling me into it further.

Hazel Mitchell

 Hazel Mitchell, Imani

Helen Oxenbury

 Helen Oxenbury animal emotion

Isabel Roxas

 Isabel Roxas - quirky humans, emoting

 Katy Hudson




Mae Besom

 Mae Besom - human emotion, thematic


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! 




One thought on “NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators & Why I Love Their Work #kidlitwomen”

  1. What a beautiful line-up of illustrations. It’s like a museum tour while sitting at home!


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