“No story is worth the writing, no picture worth the making, if it’s not the work of the imagination.”
Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Quentin Blake, Alice Provensen, and other beloved illustrators give children advice on becoming an artist
Virginia Woolf’s little-known 1924 children’s story – a lovely allegory about the whimsical wonderland we enter as we slip into sleep – brought back to life in gorgeous watercolors
Absolutely charming modern-day illustrated fable about authenticity and acceptance:
Gorgeous vintage illustrations for Aesop’s fables – some of humanity’s most influential storytelling and moral thought – by Alice and Martin Provensen
Absolutely wonderful illustrated children’s story about the philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, based on a famous passage from Walden and contrasting two different approaches to life — one prioritizing productivity and one worshiping wonder.
Pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall’s children’s book about the healing power of pet love, based on the true story of a scruffy little dog who helped kids heal at a London hospital.
“Big people are little when they are mean. But little people are not big when they are mean.”
Toni Morrison’s children’s allegory about kindness and intention, a collaboration with her son illustrated by the great Pascal Lemaitre.
“Krauss books can be bridges between the poor dull insensitive adult and the fresh, imaginative, brand-new child.”
The remarkable Ruth Krauss’s final and loveliest collaboration with Maurice Sendak:
Long before the cat meme of the internet, James Joyce had a corner of the market – gorgeous, rare vintage British illustrations of his children’s story The Cat and the Devil, delightfully depicting Joyce himself as satan:
Alice and Martin Provensen’s stunning vintage illustrations for 12 classic fairy tales, from “The Happy Prince” to “The Beauty and the Beast,” by way of feminism and art history.
Beloved author Toni Morrison’s darkly philosophical children’s book, a collaboration with her son.
A magnificent adaptation of Kafka for kids in verse, with stunning black-and-white illustrations reminiscent of Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak.
Indescribably heart-warming vintage ode to friendship and the imagination, illustrated by 27-year-old Maurice Sendak. See the lovely drawings at the link:
A heart-warming allegory about what it means to make peace with our demons, illustrated by the great Jon Klassen:
Young Maurice Sendak illustrates Tolstoy – many more gorgeous drawings at the link: