The very best thing about working in the elementary school was working in the library.  Books and art are my passions, and children’s book illustrations are some of my very favorite art pieces.

The Frick  Museum  is an art and historical center located in Pittsburgh, and they are featuring a new exhibition, Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration, from February 11–May 20, 2012.

illustration, GreenawayKate Greenaway, Hush a Bye, Baby

The exhibition spans one hundred years of illustration, and includes watercolors, pen drawings, and experimental combinations of media.  Artists include Ernest Shepherd, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), and Randolph Caldecott, to name just a few.

illustration, CaldecottRandolph Caldecott, A Frog He Would a Wooing Go

They are hanging the artworks at a lower level than the standard, and step stools will be available for child-friendly viewing of this charming collection.

illustration, ShepherdErnest Shepherd, Wind in the Willows

Would you like the explore more children’s book illustration?  Take a look at a great link to some of my old fashioned favorites:

And here are a few thumbnails:

illustration, Cicely M. Barker

Cicely M. Barker

Tasha Tudor

illustration, Gabrielle Vincent

Gabrielle Vincent

illustration, Garth Williams

Garth Williams

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