Monday, October 18, 2021

TTT: Favorite Illustrators


 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow, head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: Online Resources for Book Lovers
But I don't really have any, so instead I'm going to follow a thought prompted by last week's TTT, and share some of my favorite illustrators. This means this will be another mostly nostalgic, definitely children's and MG book post. I'm listing the books these illustrators worked on that I have read myself, although of course many of them did many other projects as well. Some are author/illustrators and some strictly illustrate the words of others. As I worked on this list, I started thinking of modern illustrators I also really love, so I'll save those for a later post. 

Garth Williams: The Rescuers, A Cricket in Times Square, several Little House books, Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, several Little Golden Books, etc.

Arthur Rackham: Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, A Midsummer Night's Dream, etc.

Ernest Shepherd: The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh

Tasha Tudor: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert McCloskey: Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings, Homer Price

Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are, Higgledy Piggledy Pop!, In the Night KitchenLittle Bear, What Do You Do, Dear?, Chicken Soup with Rice

Kate Seredy: The Good Master, The Singing Tree, The White Stag, Caddie Woodlawn

Mercer Mayer: A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog series, Beauty and the Beast The Great Brain series. (But not the Little Critter stuff.)

Kate Greenaway: Mother Goose, Under the Window

Clearly, I've always been a sucker for pretty dresses and for pen line drawings. Do you recognize any of these? 


  1. Wow, you picked some great illustrators!

  2. Robert McCloskey is one of my all-time favorites. I also love the work of William Steig.

  3. What a great idea! I think my favorite is Chris Riddell. He illustrates Neil Gaiman's books. Happy reading! My TTT

  4. This is a great topic! Mercer Meyer took me right back to my childhood, too!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. Wonderful post! I love Tasha Tudor and Garth Williams. What a cool topic!

  6. I don't know if I could come up with favorite illustrators off the top of my head, but I adore all the art you featured.

  7. Ernest Shepherd is everything.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today!


  8. Lovely collection of art and artists!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  9. The illustrations from Cricket have always been so heartwarming to me.

    I love those Tudor pics as well!

  10. Great topic! I recognize Garth Williams' work. Definitely nostalgic for me as well.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

  11. Great illustrations in a book can really add to the content and you have some lovely ones on your list!

  12. You've picked a lot of my own favorites. Kate Seredy is the only one that's less familiar to me.

    I've always loved the illustrations of Trina Schart Hyman, dating back to my Cricket magazine days.

  13. This is such a great idea for a post. So many children's books -- and not just the picture books -- are shaped as much by their illustrations as their text, but with the exception of Wesley Dennis (most of Marguerite Henry's books), if different from the author I rarely think about who those people are when it comes to chapter books.

    Apparently I'm terrible at recognizing styles across titles from my youth! I know A Cricket In Times Square, but somehow didn't connect the illustration style to Charlotte's Web. I also had no idea he'd done the Little House books, or so many Little Golden Books! I just looked him up and instantly recognized my beloved Baby Farm Animals, The Very Best Home For Me, and The Sleepy Book.

    And yes, Robert McCloskey is also a national treasure.

    Some other favorites who come to mind are Ruth Sanderson, for her splendidly realistic and detailed pencil sketches, the very recognizable, blocky style of the Provensens (A Year At Maple Hill Farm, for one); and the mastery of Jan Brett. Ooh, and I can't mention Wesley Dennis without listing my other favorite equine illustrator, C.W. Anderson (Billy & Blaze books).


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