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Children's Illustrators Who Shaped My World

By Kacy Faulconer |

I remember staring at children’s books before I could even read. You might remember a cleverly-written book, but it’s the pictures from children’s books that stick with us, don’t you think?

And because we look at them when we are little, the pictures in books can be incredibly formative. Much of what I pictured and imagined as a kid was informed by wonderful children’s illustrators–including how I pictured my kids when I played house–after the jump.

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Children's Illustrators who Shaped My World

Mary Blair

Mary Blair's images are how I picture childhood. Because I stared at her illustrations in my Treasury of Little Golden Books before I could read, I made up stories based on the images alone and they imprinted on me like a duck on its mother or, less quaint--like a werewolf on a newborn baby.
Photo Credit: Francine Green
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Which children’s illustrator changed the way you think about the world?

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8 thoughts on “Children's Illustrators Who Shaped My World

  1. Hailey says:

    Yes! I also loved Steven Kellogg. His images just stick with me to this day. Also, I think it was Lillian Hoban’s brownies that always got me–they were perfect brown squares and I wanted to eat them so badly. Also, was it a Frances book where they talk about homemade bread and honey? Whatever book that was made me so hungry.

  2. Josh says:

    Did you know Mary Blair did all the concept art work for It’s a Small World at Disneyland? I know people love to bag on that ride because of the repetitve song, but I think it’s brilliant. The art and design are gorgeous.

  3. Shelley Fosse says:

    I identified with Max. I’m the oldest of three by ten years and when I first held my baby sister I was afraid I’d eat her up I loved her so.

  4. Sarah says:

    When you mentioned the boiled egg it reminded me of John Burningham’s illustrations. I looked at them again just now and I think he totally influenced what art I like today. We had “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” illustrated by him. There is a picture of the kids eating baguettes and raspberry jam in France where they were taken by kidnappers. Although now I don’t know if that is real or if I made it up from the picture.

    1. Kacy Faulconer says:

      I’m going to look up John Burningham. Thanks!

  5. Alyssa says:

    Hilary Knight’s illustrations for the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books are some of my favorite. Those pictures, along with my grandmother’s house, are what I imagine growing up in the ’40s and ’50s to be like.

    1. Kacy Faulconer says:

      I think I’ll look for Mrs. Piggle Wiggle at the library, Alyssa. I don’t really remember it, but it sounds charming!

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