With a three-year-old and a nearly-six-year-old at home, I read dozens if not hundreds of children’s books per month. From a design perspective, most of these books are problematic: awkward font choices; poor use of white space; shoddy interface between text and image.
But a few illustrators employ a captivating aesthetic style and brilliant sense of design. Granted these are not always the kind of books and/or illustrations that children actually like! There’s a reason why cartoon characters with gigantic eyes (Elsa) and garish colors (Barney) captivate young viewers. But the following books are ones that I don’t mind reading again and again. Most have been created by painters who operate at a high level of precision in their craft. New details and subtle layers of meaning arise every time I return to them. Enjoy!
As part of my commitment to avoid Amazon, I’ve linked to Better World Books (where available) for ordering info.