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June 1, 2016

We’re Thankful for Inventive Illustrators

Like everyone else, at this time of year we are more aware than usual of the people, things, and moments that make us grateful. Last year, we took to our Facebook page and asked people questions about their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. This year, we did the same thing.

After collecting answers about favorite books and favorite authors we asked them about their favorite ilustrators. We had a feeling this would be a challenging category and many people said there was no way they could choose just one illustrator. Other readers were enthusiastic about the same illustrators we are: Eric Carle, Jan Brett, Maurice Sendak, Patricia Polacco, Loren Long , David Shannon, Beatrix Potter, and Chris Van Allsburg. We also loved hearing from people who said they admire the talent of all illustrators because it’s a skill they don’t have personally.

Is your favorite illustrator named below?


“I Have a Favorite!”

Sarah Robey I love the illustrations of Kadir Nelson. Strong is the word I think of when looking into the faces of his subjects.

Kim Cusick Every Dr. Seuss book!

Kelly Day David Catrow! I love his work and so do my students!!!

Barb Fishel Garth Williams, but it is very hard to pick just one.

Patti Baumann Andre David Shannon! You can always spot his work.

Doreen Logan Depends on my mood….Garth Williams pencil/pen drawings came immediately to mind this morning.

Sandra Huling So very many, but Tomie de Paola is my favorite.

Barbara Fuller Jared Lee really stands out to me.

Christina Rockeman Armstrong My 10 yr old daughter!

Barbara Moriearty Patricia Polacco… too many from which to choose!

Leslie Schienvar Bock I love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter illustrations.

Joe Eyres Chris riddell ! Edge Chronicles and Far Flung Adventures!

April Reischke George Jan Brett…the most gorgeous illustrations!


“More than one for me!”

Jane Carroll How can you pick just one???

Carol Blackburn Ferreira There are so many great illustrators . I would have to say Eric Carle & E. B. Lewis !

Melissa K. Harris Armann I can’t pick just one. I love Sendak and Keats!

Leanna Fleming Delaet I love Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, & David Shannon, but Eric Carle is my favorite illustrator!

Martha Hart I have two. Susan Jeffers and Jerry Pinkney.

Kelly Boyer Brookshire I’m thankful for all book illustrators, but most of all Hilary Knight for Where’s Wallace, Joan Walsh Anglund for In a Pumpkin Shell and Don Wood for King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub.


“I appreciate the talent that I don’t have! ”

Ally Reif Figgs The illustrator who can best depict what I see in my imagination.

Sharon Proffitt All of them because talent like that is special.

Amy Wilson All of them! I can only draw stick people!

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