When I was a young girl I was not particularly fond of reading children’s books. I could not wait to read books without pictures. But recently, since I’ve started illustrating children’s stories, illustrated children’s books caught my interest. I started with a couple of books by Oliver Jeffers. BeforeI knew it, I was hooked. I just got to have a copy of all of these beautifully illustrated children’s books from all over the world. Now, I am in love and fascinated with my rapidly expanding collection.
My most favorite book in my collection is, The House In The Night , written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes.
This lovely book is very special, poignant and sweet. I love, love the illustrations. They are gorgeous.
Today, Flotsam by David Weisner arrived in the mail. ( Thank you Amazon.com for your exceptional service here in India.)
The book has no words or text but the story is beautifully told through a series of illustrations like a short silent film. I am enthralled.
Oliver Jeffer’s books are also so charming . I have two, Stuck and The Incredible Book Eating Boy. I love how metaphorically fun his stories are.
I have also found two amazing books by Indian Authors, The Honey Hunter and Following My Paint Brush. The Honey Hunter is a retelling of a popular Indian folk tale. Following My Paint Brush is an illustrated biography of a domestic helper and a fisherman’s daughter who became an artist. Both charming and lovely books.
What Pete Ate From A-Z by Maira Kalman is also a fun filled book with beautiful illustrations. Pete is so naughty and cute. I love how each illustrations look like paintings.
I also have Animalia and Waterhole by Graeme Base.
Kay Nielsen and Harry Clarke are my all time favorite illustrators. I was able to get a copy of Kay Nielsen’s illustrations collection but Harry Clarke’s books are far too expensive. I begged my husband to search for a less expensive copy of any Harry Clarke illustrated books on his trip to Europe. I am crossing my fingers.
I have ordered a few more books for my collection, The Arrival by Shaun Tan, The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg, The Three Pigs by David Weisner and two more books by Graeme Base. I can’t wait to read these books!
I am also checking books by Sophie Blackall and Adrienne Adams.
If you would like to recommend a book to add to my collection, please leave a suggestion in the comment box below. I would be grateful to hear about a beautifully illustrated book I don’t know about.