There are many reasons to work in a public library. A passion for public service. A belief that literacy is essential to a healthy democracy. A vision of equity of access to information for all. However, to be perfectly honest, I got into this gig because of pretty pictures in pretty picture books. Kay Nielsen was my gateway illustrator. Here are a few of my new favorites.
Camille Garoche aka Princesse Camcam
Why Princesse Camcam? Because each illustration is actually a photo of intricate cut-paper art. Because her wordless books tell beautiful stories of kindness and reciprocity. Because she calls herself Princesse Camcam. Also, she is living my best imaginary life as a children’s book illustrator in Europe. Le sigh.
Also featured in our Talking story time backpack
Mixed media, bold, colorful. Who knew a biography could be so exciting?
Last Stop on Market Street was a Newberry Award winner, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor winner, and Caldecott Honor winner. Robinson’s book Another is absolute (chef’s kiss) perfection.
Also featured in our Birthday story time backpack.
Srinivasan’s Little Owl series is adorable, but this Texas native really shines with Neil Gaiman’s Cinnamon. Mesmerizing.
“But wait,” you say. “What about Shaun Tan, Jean Jullien, Lizi Boyd, Chris Houghton, Aaron Becker, Sybille Schenker, Vashti Harrison?” Well, they're on this list.