Women Artists A to Z encourages young readers to interact thoughtfully and inquisitively with art and artists, which is no small undertaking.
A gloriously tactile exhibit at the Center for Book Arts offers a refreshing sense of playfulness in this age of anxiety.
Children’s art books offer opportunities for kids — and the adults in their lives — to engage with art in joyful and surprising ways.
Playing Soviet: The Visual Languages of Early Soviet Children’s Books, 1917-1953 is an online interactive from Princeton University exploring children’s books in the Soviet Union.
Before Winnie-the-Pooh was a Disney superstar, before author A. A. Milne even considered the forest adventures of a beloved bumbling bear, he was a gift to a young boy on his first birthday.
A witty composition of lively geometrical shapes that turn the Arabic alphabet into a story-like puzzle, Tongue Twister was awarded for its “original attempt to give visual form to tongue twisters and the difficulty of pronouncing certain words very fast.”
“There are many art books for children that feature Old Masters work, which is great, but we wanted to go in a different direction,” Jessica Brown, creative director of Home Grown Books, said of the publisher’s new Mini Museum Series.
A red notebook in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle reveals a whimsical tale of a motherless girl exiled to boarding school, written in diligently neat script by a 10-year-old Queen Victoria.
Migrant appropriates the vertical, accordion-bound form of a pre-Colombian codex to tell of a Central American family’s freight train journey to the United States.
You might know how essential it is to keep your asteroid free from baobab tree infestations and how integral it is to sweep your volcanoes but still have no idea that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince was created in New York City.
The 1920s in Russia weren’t exactly what people had hoped they would be. After the 1917 Russian Revolution brought down the old regime and the Soviets took over, there was a swelling sense of hope in a potential egalitarian Communist future. Yet only a few years later, censorship was curtailing art and free expression. Fortunately, no one was paying much attention to the children’s books.
It seems fitting that artist Yayoi Kusama’s characteristic polka dots appear in a children’s book and in the trippy Alice in Wonderland no less.