Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators
By Leonard S. Marcus
Candlewick Press, $22.99, 304 pages
Picture book characters have sparked toddlers’ imaginations and entered the lexicon of the young. They are so vital a part of children’s upbringing that it is difficult to conceive that the picture book genre did not emerge as a US product until the 1930s.
“I hope these interviews, each of which is a honeycomb of memorable tales about growing up and coming into one’s own, will inspire young people, especially those who like to paint and write and draw, as well as working artists at every stage of their career.”