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Fine Arts Friday: picture book art

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Alice tea party
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For most of us, our first introduction to any type of art was in children’s books. From Beatrix Potter’s English countryside to Tomie DePaola’s legends, illustrations help print stories on our hearts. They may not be the work of masters hanging in the Louvre, but the impact they have on our minds and imaginations is profound.

Aprils kittens
Would I even like cats were it not for the book April’s Kittens?


For many homeschoolers, our first steps into the homeschooling world were with Five in a Row, where we were introduced to Ping and the wise-eyed boat and Mike Mulligan and the faithful Mary-Ann. (You absolutely don’t need to be homeschooler to use this program to explore these wonderful books with your kids, and you don’t need to have kids to enjoy these books.)

Snowy evening
See? Not a children’s book, just an illustrated poem!

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One of the saddest things about your kids growing up is that you no longer have an excuse to read picture books. Not that you can’t read picture books; you just can no longer pretend you’re just doing it for your kids. (Although, if you break out a picture book, you’ll be surprised out how quickly your big kids will come cuddle up for a better look.) And while I don’t completely agree with Alice about the uselessness of books without pictures or conversations, they don’t have quite the same appeal.

Amelia Hamilton’s books are delightful, poetical, and historical! A children’s book trifecta!


No matter how old my kids are, I know I always plan to have room on my shelves for a few–or many–favorite picture books, if only for the child I still think I am.

What is your favorite picture book? Or one of your favorites if you can’t narrow it down.

More children’s book illustrations, although I’m not sure I’d totally agree with the title of the article. And another collection here.

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