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.
Mary Blair 1 of 8Mary 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
Garth Williams 2 of 8You know how you picture Charlotte's web spelling out "Some Pig" in your mind? You're picturing what Garth Williams drew for you. And the same thing goes for that little house in the big woods. Once you've seen Garth William's illustrations, you can't picture Fern or Laura Ingalls any other way.
Photo Credit: Dooby Brain
I am Toad and Toad is Me 3 of 8
William Steig 4 of 8Steig drew animals living lives of intrigue, despair, and hope. In short, he drew animals they way I imagined them and I imagined them the way he drew them. Steig's charming drawings are inseparable from his delightful text. If I could have any one person's talent--I might take his.
Photo Credit: Little Lamb Books
Eloise Wilkins 5 of 8
My daughter looks like an Eloise Wilkins illustration 6 of 8In fact, I think my youngest daughter looks like a walking, talking Eloise Wilkins drawing!
Amelia Bedelia by Fritz Siebel 7 of 8Amelia Bedelia? Kind of a doofus. Her escapades were my first brushes with domesticity and the taxing requirements of managing a household: DRAW the drapes? DRESS the chicken? That's nuts! I learned from Amelia Bedelia, however, that if you can make a tasty lemon meringue pie nothing else matters. I still can't manage a pie crust. Oh my gosh. I'm inferior to Ameilia Bedelia. That could be the root of all my self-esteem issues. Pie school, stat.
Photo Credit: Rachel Swartley
Bread and Jam for Frances 8 of 8
Which children’s illustrator changed the way you think about the world?
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