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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eric Carle

One of the great pleasures of having little kids to read to, is that you get to admire the illustrations. Just now we found out (via Twitter, of course, a posting from one of the editors of School Library Journal), that Eric Carle has a blog. From the blog we discovered that he has established a Museum of Picture Book Art.

Don't for a minute think that book illustrations can't be art. What you see on the printed page is only a shadow of the original paintings or collages or drawings. We once had the opportunity to see some of Ezra Jack Keats' original paintings. They were so vibrant they practically leaped right out of the glass case.

The library has several of Eric Carle's titles, and a couple of Ezra Jack Keats's. We have in fact about 2300 children's books (not counting duplicates), many of them beautifully illustrated picture books. The culture books are in their own section. Stop by and take a look, and just ask for help if you need a little direction...

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