Monday, October 1, 2012

Super Cool List of 14 Picture Books You Should Absolutely Keep In Your Studio



For those of you who attended my workshop  at the SWTX-SCBWI Conference  2012 on Basics of Picture Book Illustration - several people have asked me for a list of the picture books we used in class.

So here is the list:
Super Cool List of 14 Picture Books You Should Absolutely Keep In Your Studio

  1. The Lion & The Mouse … Jerry Pinkney … (The Picture Book as an Art Form)
  2. I, Too, Am America … Langston Hughes, Illustrated By Bryan Collier  (Interpreting Text)
  3.  Rapunzel … Paul O. Zelinsky … (Painterly-ness)
  4. The Little Matador … Julian Hector … (Design, Abstract Thumbnails)
  5. Me, Frida … Amy Novesky, Illustrated By David Diaz … (Importance of Cover, Palette)
  6. The Secret World of Walter Andersen …Hester Bass, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis … (Importance of Cover, Palette)
  7. The Day-Glo Brothers … Chris Barton, Illustrated By Tony Persiani … (Illustrator's Vision)
  8. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed The World) … Mac Barnett, Dan Santat …  (Illustrator's Vision)
  9. Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus … Mo Willems … (Pacing - Spots, Single Page Illustrations, Spreads)
  10. Balloons Over Broadway … Melissa Sweet … ( Style, Fun, Accessibility, Play)
  11. Go, Dog. Go! … P.D. Eastman … (Simplicity, Humor, Hitting It Out of the Ballpark)
  12. I Want My Hat Back … Jon Klassen … (Doing What Is Right For The Book, Pure Guts)
  13. Make Way For Ducklings … Robert McCloskey … ( Passion, Research, Tenacity)
  14. The Invention of Hugo Cabret … Brian Selznick … (Breaking the Rules)

Of course, there are many more incredible picture books … but these are the ones I used in the class on that day.
Carolyn Dee Flores
Stay Incredibly Inspired!

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