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The Art of Eric Carle - Softcover
Eric Carle

Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.
- Booklist

Item No. 9780399240027
$19.99
David Wiesner & the Art of Storytelling
Wiesner, David
The first publication to show the creative process of David Wiesner, one of the world's most acclaimed children's book illustrators
A master of storytelling through pictures and three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, David Wiesner (b. 1956) is one of the most highly acclaimed book illustrators in the world. This handsome volume is the first to examine his creative process and his many sources of inspiration. The book features dozens of lavish color plates, from early work to the exquisitely wrought watercolors that are the basis of his best-known books, along with pages excerpted from his forthcoming first graphic novel, Fish Girl. Also included are works by some of the artists most influential to Wiesner, including Marvel comic book legends, Surrealist and avant-garde masters, and mid-20th-century graphic artists. While illustration has often been marginalized in the world of fine art, the vibrant interplay among paintings, prints, comic books, graphic novels, iconic 20th-century films, and cartoons in Wiesner's art gives evidence to the complexity of the American tradition of picture book illustration.
Item No. 9780300226010
$35.00
100 Best Books for Children - Softcover
Silvey, Anita
By selecting only 100 "best books" Silvey distinguishes her guide from all the others and makes it possible to give young readers their literary heritage in the childhood years.
Item No. 9780618618774
$9.95
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Martin Salisbury
This unashamed visual feast celebrates the best designed and illustrated picturebooks from around the world over the past one hundred years.

Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists, and Postwar Neo-romantics. They are also mirrors of their times reflecting social concerns from a child's and family's perspectives throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Fearlessly confronting the frontiers between a child's picturebook and art, this is a collection of books that anyone with an interest in design, illustration, or simply children's literature should know about.
Item No. 9781780674087
$40.00
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Eccleshare, Julia
This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children's literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the -must-read- books from all the rest in the realm of children's books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children's literature. It is organized by age group--from board books to YA novels and all the gradations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators--not to mention important books from around the world.
Item No. 9780789318763
$36.95
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Silvey, Anita
"500 Great Books for Teens" is divided into 21 sections, including adventure and survival, horror, graphic novels, humor, mystery, and poetry, each with additional reading lists.
Item No. 9780618612963
$26.00
A Family of Readers - Softcover
Two of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors, illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for children and nurturing their love of reading.
A FAMILY OF READERS is the definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children. It s divided into four sections:
1. Reading to Them:
Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children.
2. Reading with Them:
Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books.
3. Reading on Their Own:
Exploring what children read and how they read by genre and gender.
4. Leaving Them Alone:
Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult.
Roger Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief of THE HORN BOOK, which since 1924 has been America s best source for reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, in this essential resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editor at the magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels."
Item No. 9780763657550
$14.99
A Guide for Grown-Ups
Saint-Exupery, Antoine De
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again." from The Little Prince

What does it mean to be a grown-up? How do we find happiness, joyful friendships, and love that lasts?

Culled from the full works of the author of The Little Prince, here is subtle, radiant wisdom that has charmed and enlightened the hearts of generations."
Item No. 9780544671942
$13.00
Amphigorey Again
Gorey, Edward
This latest collection displays in glorious abundance the offbeat characters and droll humor of Edward Gorey. Figbash is acrobatic, topiaries are tragic, hippopotami are admonitory, and galoshes are remorseful in this celebra- tion of a unique talent that never fails to delight, amuse, and confound. Amphigorey Again contains previously uncollected work and two unpublished stories--"The Izzard Book," a quirky riff on the letter Z , and "La Malle Saignante," a bilingual homage to early French silent serial movies. Rough sketches and unfin- ished panels show an ironic and singular mind at work.
Item No. 9780156030212
$24.00
Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak
John Cech & Maurice Sendak

This new edition includes a preface by the author covering Sendak's life, work, and cultural impact in the years since 1994.

Over the course of more than ninety books, in a career that spanned six decades, Maurice Sendak became the most influential and, at times, the most controversial creator of works for children. Each of the books in his trilogy--Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There--was precedent setting, dramatically expanding the boundaries of subject matter and images that have been conventionally accepted in books for younger children. In this first comprehensive reading of Sendak's key works, John Cech considers the symbolic child who was developed in Sendak's books and who remained at the center of his vision.

By fusing biographical, historical, cultural, and literary materials with the insights of depth psychology and archetypal theory, this study traces the evolution of Sendak's work--from its first, bold steps in the 1950s, to its liberating breakthroughs of the 1960s and early 1970s, to the rich complexity of his later books. Cech concentrates on those books that Sendak has both written and illustrated. In these books, we can see most clearly the alchemy of his creative process, which wove together the remembrances of his own things past, the spirit of his times, the history of children's literature, and Sendak's animating concern with the archetypal figure of the child--a symbol of creative potential, emotional vitality, and spiritual renewal.

Item No. 9780271060644
$28.00
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Solomon, Charles
Walt Disney once wisely said, "There is more treasure in books than in all pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." No doubt Walt was referring to the intangible wealth of opportunities for learning and imagining inherent in the act of reading, but when one considers the vibrant art and gilded spines of the Disney Golden Books, Walt's pronouncement takes on a parallel meaning. For perhaps no other children's books are as cherished and collected-as though they were doubloons and jewels-than the Disney Golden Books.
The history of these books began in 1933, when the president of Whitman Publishing wrote a letter to Walt Disney. Whitman had already published compilations of the "Dick Tracy" and "Little Orphan Annie" comic strips, and these Big Little Books had met with great success. The publisher proposed a similar collection of the "Mickey Mouse" comic strips, and offered a royalty of one-half percent per book. Walt agreed, and a new era in Disney publishing commenced.
A remarkable lineup of talent, many of whom were Disney Studio artists- including Mary Blair, Alice and Martin Provensen, Gustaf Tenggren, Al Dempster, Retta Scott Worcester, and Bill Peet-created the illustrations for the early Disney Golden Books. The bold and incredibly detailed artwork was painstakingly executed in gouache and watercolor-media that required a steady hand and immense patience and precision. The resulting publications became favorite selections in the libraries of many children, among them, future generations of Disney and Pixar artists who were inspired to draw, dream, and later, create their own films and Golden Books.
The Art of the Disney Golden Books celebrates a legacy that has now thrived for more than eighty years and continues to influence new generations of artists and filmmakers. Through interviews with contemporary animators who recall tracing the characters in their childhood Disney Golden Books, paintings by artists who influenced and inspired the Disney Golden Book illustrations, and a generous complement of Golden Book artwork-much of which was thought to have been lost until very recently-the rich tradition of the series is explored in this vibrant volume.
From "Peter Pan "and "Cinderella" to "Toy Story "and "Tangled," the Disney Golden Books are displayed in all their glory, evoking a poignant sense of wonder and nostalgia. For as long as parents and children partake in the ritual of reading together at bedtime, the Disney Golden Books will continue to be published, enjoyed, and treasured.
Item No. 9781423163800
$35.00
Arthur Rackham Treasury
Rackham, Arthur
This stunning treasury features full-page plates of the finest works by the famed English artist, Arthur Rackham (1867 1939). A leading figure in the early twentieth century's Golden Age of Illustration, Rackham interpreted scenes from such diverse material as fairy tales, Wagnerian opera, and Shakespearean comedy. His memorable images, which combine whimsy, romance, and sophistication, continue to enchant children and adults alike.
Magnificently reprinted from more than 25 rare early editions, these 86 illustrations were selected from hundreds of possibilities and include many plates that have not been reproduced in decades. They span Rackham's career from his landmark 1905 edition of Rip Van Winkle to masterworks such as Undine and A Midsummer Night's Dream and his final publication, Wind in the Willows, in 1939. Art lovers, book collectors, and anyone with an appreciation for imaginative visual storytelling will prize this marvelous treasury."
Item No. 9780486446851
$14.95
Artist To Artist - Hardcover
Eric Carle Museum Pict Bk Art
This gorgeous collection of art (and the artists behind it) includes work by some of the world's most renowned children's book illustrators Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Ashley Bryan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Mordicai Gerstein, Robert Ingpen, Steven Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provenson, Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak, Gennady Spirin, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
It's a remarkable and beautiful anthology that features twenty-three of the most honored and beloved artists in children s literature, talking informally to children sharing secrets about their art and how they began their adventures into illustration. Fold-out pages featuring photographs of their early work, their studios and materials, as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children and adults.

Self-portraits of each illustrator crown this important anthology that celebrates the artists and the art of the picture book. An event book for the ages.

Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

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Item No. 9780399246005
$30.00
Balderdash! John Newbery
Markel, Michelle

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books--John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. Newbery--for whom the prestigious Newbery Medal is named--became a celebrated author and publisher, changing the world of children's books forever. This book about his life and legacy is as full of energy and delight as any young reader could wish.

Item No. 9780811879224
$17.99
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Marta McDowell

There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.

Richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.

Item No. 9781604693638
$24.95
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature - Softcover
Lear, Linda

In this remarkable biography, Linda Lear offers a new look at the extraordinary woman who gave us some of the most beloved children's books of all time. Potter found freedom from her conventional Victorian upbringing in the countryside. Nature inspired her imagination as an artist and scientific illustrator, but "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" brought her fame, financial success, and the promise of happiness when she fell in love with her editor Norman Warne. After his tragic and untimely death, Potter embraced a new life as the owner of Hill Top Farm in the English Lake District and a second chance at happiness. As a visionary landowner, successful farmer and sheep-breeder, she was able to preserve the landscape that had inspired her art. "Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature" reveals a lively, independent and passionate woman, whose art was timeless, and whose generosity left an indelible imprint on the countryside.

Item No. 9780312377960
$22.99
Bemelmans: The Life & Art of Madeline's Creator
Marciano, John Bemelmans
This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work. Bemelmans fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano.
Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life ex-tended far beyond the old house in Paris. He was a novelist and a non-fiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to "The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, "and "Town and Country. "He painted murals at the Carlyle Hotel, in the bar that bears his name, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life, Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils, and the stunning results are showcased here.
Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions. Little wonder that" Print Magazine" found his biography richly colored with a sense of Bemelmans s joie de vivre ."
Item No. 9780670884605
$30.00
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Joy Hoerner Rich
Berta and Elmer Hader were incredibly talented. They married in 1919 and together forged a fifty-year-long career that produced thousands of pieces of art, scores of children's books, and hundreds of paintings and sketches. They enjoyed winning a Caldecott award, international acclaim, and a huge following of happy children. The Haders built their own welcoming home, fostered conservation efforts, and created incredible friendships. Their art ranged from juvenile art to detailed portraiture. Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art showcases each decade of their lives, talents and accomplishments. Those who love children's literature, those who are artistic and want to build their own careers, and those who are enchanted by solid examples of a a couple's love, for one another and their community, will find this book of interest.
Item No. 9780989108706
$30.00
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Blake, Quentin
'Beyond The Page' is generously illustrated with 240 full-colour reproductions of Quentin Blake's own solo and collaborative work to create an unsurpassed collection of his achievements, which together with his fascinating story make it a must for fans, aficionados and professionals alike.
Item No. 9781849760836
$32.00
Bill Peet: An Autobiograpy - Softcover
Bill Peet
Bill Peet tells his life story, including his years with Disney, with illustrations on every page.
Item No. 9780395689820
$17.99
Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig
Steig, Jeanne

Children, octogenarians, and everyone in between know the work of William Steig, the beloved cartoonist and award-winning children s book author whose work graced the covers and pages of the New Yorker for more than 70 years. In Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig, Jeanne Steig uncovers more than 450 never-before-published cartoons by her husband and provides personal insight and anecdotes about his work and her relationship with Bill, shedding new light on this celebrated genius.
Praise for Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns
"A treasure trove of hundreds of previously unpublished illustrations by children s book icon Steig, this compendium is organized thematically (people, dogs, odd ducks, etc.); the late Steig s wife, Jeanne, introduces each section with delightful, insightful anecdotes. He used to refer to us fondly as a couple of cats, or perhaps more romantically as two rolls on a plate, she writes. Of course, the best sense of the man behind Shrek!, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and other favorites is gained from the strange, free, and wholly original artwork that fill the pages with caricatured portraits, animals a courting, drunken clowns, knife fights, and creatures impossible to name. Taken as a whole, the glorious lunacy is testimony to a true iconoclast."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
What a splendid gift it would be if the works tearing up the best-seller lists weren t that of a Stieg Larsson, but a Steig, William.

New York Times The Moment blog
Pure pleasure from cover to cover Booklist
The book details a great character, and does so with a remarkable charm. Highly recommended for all interested in comic history and everyone who likes to look on the lighter side of life. Complex.com"
Item No. 9780810995772
$40.00
Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig

Was $40.00, now $10.98!

Children, octogenarians, and everyone in between know the work of William Steig, the beloved cartoonist and award-winning children’s book author whose work graced the covers and pages of the New Yorker for more than 70 years. In Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig, Jeanne Steig uncovers more than 450 never-before-published cartoons by her husband and provides personal insight and anecdotes about his work and her relationship with Bill, shedding new light on this celebrated genius.

Item No. 43053
$10.98
Children's Picturebooks
Salisbury, Martin
Children's picturebooks are the very first books we encounter, and they form an important, constantly evolving, and dynamic sector of the publishing world. But what does it take to create a successful picture book for children? In this publication, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles introduce us to the world of children's picturebooks, providing a solid background to the industry while exploring the key concepts and practices that have gone into the creation of successful picturebooks.
Item No. 9781856697385
$35.00
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Hearne, Betsy
Presents a tool for choosing books for children of all ages. This title offers practical guidance on sorting through the bewildering array of picture books, pop-up books, books for beginning readers, young adult titles, classics, poetry, olktales, and factual books.
Item No. 9780252069284
$22.00
Collecting Children's Books
Zittle, Lauren

When We Were Very Young

Children's Books delight the young and the young at heart. From the gentle ritual of Goodnight Moon to the incredible odyssey of bad boy Max in Where the Wild Things Are, these timeless tales remain with us as certainly as a mother's hug.

Collecting Children's Books showcases some of the finest books and accompanying artwork from 1900 to the present in a warm, informative and exquisite fashion, reminding us all of the joy found in this transcendent genre. From Winnie-the-Pooh to Curious George, Alice in Wonderland to Mary Poppins, and from The Poky Little Puppy to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you will enjoy a treasure trove of remarkable--and highly collectible--children's literature.

This delightful hardcover book features:

  • More than 100 years of classic and collectible Children Books, including values for signed and unsigned First Edition works.
  • 500 color images
  • Original art from such masters as Garth Williams (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and Dr. Seuss.
  • Collecting tips, what to look for when buying, and lists of suggested readings by era for those seeking to rediscover the pleasure--and value--found in children's literature.
  • Item No. 9781440245299
    $26.99