Over the years, many famous artists have chosen to illustrate children’s stories. They are visual storytellers who have given a unique look to timeless classics. Some have used block reproductions, or photo-lithographs, or tempera paint to create vivid imagery and fantastical illustrations that will ignite a child’s imagination. Some have even created their own books. Images of war, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement have been transformed into pictorial tales and new classics born, writes Abigail Cain.
“As the infinitely quotable Pablo Picasso once said: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’ “
“A child raised on books that contain images of visual artists might have a pretty good shot” says Cain, “From Andy Warhol’s early work as a commercial illustrator to Yayoi Kusama’s mesmerizing take on The Little Mermaid, these artist-illustrated children’s books will satisfy all generations of art lovers.”