Children's Literature

product image
Munari, Bruno
First published in Italy in 1956, Bruno Munari's In the Darkness of the Night tells the tale of an interconnected, intimate yet expansive journey across three settings--in the darkness, through a meadow, and into a mysterious cave--through a spellbinding combination of paper stocks, transparencies, cutouts, and simple but lively characters. This timeless artist's book, available in a new English edition, is a must-have for Munari fans, designers, bibliophiles, and lovers of exceptional book design.
Item No. 9781616896300
$35.00
product image
Julian Rothenstein
Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s and 1930s—a high point in the history of children's literature. In the dark and dangerous world of revolutionary Petrograd, some of the greatest Russian poets and artists of the century came together to create a new kind of book for children, one that reflected the endless possibilities of a brave new world. Managing for a time to escape the scourge of state censorship, these books became a haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque, and laughter. Showcasing more than three hundred brilliant examples from this golden age of illustration and design, Inside the Rainbow also includes translated poems, stories, and key texts by those who bore witness to the Russian revolution.
Item No. 9781616893781
$35.00
John Burningham - Hardcover
Burningham, John
A beautiful collectors' volume showcasing the art, life, and inspiration of a celebrated author-illustrator.

Take a look behind the scenes at the work of John Burningham, one of the world's most talented children's book creators, in this fascinating masterwork showcasing everything from sketches to background stories, family photos to full-color art. Complete with a foreword by Maurice Sendak, an introduction by the distinguished children's book author, critic, and curator Brian Alderson, and copious notes and revelations by the author-illustrator himself, this gorgeous showpiece belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves -- or aspires to -- the art of children's book creation.
Item No. 9780763644345
$70.00
product image

Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls, through some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous reprint, TASCHEN revives the most ambitious publication project of beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children's book illustrators of all time.

First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen's illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe's tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide. An original signed copy of the book sold at auction in 2008 commanded the highest price ever paid for an illustrated children's book.

This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen's images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen's rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors with a lovingly designed slipcase. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen's life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.

Item No. 9783836532297
$39.99
Keywords for Children's Literature
Philip Nel & Lissa Paul

The study of children's literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children's Literature presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.

Following the growth of his or her word, each author traces its branching uses and meanings, often into unfamiliar disciplinary territories: Award-winning novelist Philip Pullman writes about Intentionality, Education expert Margaret Meek Spencer addresses Reading, literary scholar Peter Hunt historicizes Children's Literature, Psychologist Hugh Crago examines Story, librarian and founder of the influential Child_Lit litserv Michael Joseph investigates Liminality. The scope, clarity, and interdisciplinary play between concepts make this collection essential reading for all scholars in the field. In the spirit of Raymond Williams' seminal Keywords, this book is a snapshot of a vocabulary of children's literature that is changing, expanding, and ever unfinished.

Visit keywords.nyupress.org for online essays, teaching resources, and more.
Item No. 9780814758557
$30.00
Library of the Early Mind DVD

The authors, illustrators, and editors of some of the finest works of children's literature share their stories in this examination of the deeper side of the art. From the stories we hear as children to those we tell our own, the work of these storytellers often comes from a profound place and has more profound effects than we might imagine. Featuring: Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, R.L. Stine, Norton Juster, Natalie Babbitt, Brian Selznick, David Small, Mo Willems, Jarrett J. Krosockza, Jeff Kinney, Anita Silvey, Adam Gopnik, Nancy Garden, Lesléa Newman, Jerry Pinkney, Gregory Maguire, Brian Pinkney, Arthur A. Levine, Mary Jane Begin, Jack Gantos, Leonard S. Marcus, Peter H. Reynolds, Daniel Handler and Richard Michelson.

Item No. 884501642569
$33.00
product image
Children see the world with different eyes. Through illustrated stories in children's books they learn about the world in which they live. The best picture books for children not only feature wonderful stories, but also tell them in a visually appealing way. Children are very critical readers who simply cast aside books they deem boring, overzealous, pedantic, or visually unimaginative. Thankfully, a rich selection of contemporary children's books is currently available. They deal with quite sophisticated topics and feature cuttingedge images. Despite, or because of, the ubiquity of televisions and computers, children's books have remained popular with kids and parents. These books have also not lost their appeal for illustrators and publishing houses--not least because a hit children's book can serve as the lucrative basis for TV programs, video games, toys, or other merchandising. Little Big Books showcases the best examples of illustration for children's books and documents current trends in their design. Reflecting a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, the images and concepts featured here provide an insightful overview of the most important aesthetic developments over the last several years. An introductory text puts the current work into the historical context of classic illustrated books for children. Little Big Books is a valuable resource for illustrators, publishing houses, parents, grandparents, and anyone who is looking for compelling illustrated children's books beyond teddy bears and kitty cats.
Item No. 9783899554465
$55.00
Little Nemo in the Palace of Ice
McCay, Winsor
These strange and marvelously drawn cartoons recount the continuing adventures of Little Nemo, a small boy transported nightly to such fantastic worlds as the Palace of Ice, a pirate ship on the high seas, and a miniature city, where time and again his adventures get him into deep trouble and nothing can possibly save him -- except waking up.
Created by Winsor McCay, a pioneer of cartooning and animation, Little Nemo and his companions provided Sunday entertainment for readers of The New York Herald for nearly a decade. The cartoons feature an incredible succession of fantasies in circus colors, rendered with a freewheeling mastery of perspective drawing. Little Nemo's escapades swirl in classic dream imagery such as falls, flights, and forests swarming with wild beasts. This lavish volume recaptures the vintage cartoon's incredibly baroque details and captivating weirdness with 31 full-color pages reproduced from the original 1907 editions.
Item No. 9780486820941
$19.95
product image
Britton-Newell, Laurie

Recognized most widely as the creator and illustrator of the beloved children's classic Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) also wrote and illustrated a number of other children's books, novels, short stories, and travel books. His illustrations were frequently featured on the cover of the New Yorker throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

As an artist, Bemelmans documented life as it went on around him, all the while inventing stories and characters from his vivid imagination and lively personality. His illustrations for the Madeline series are reminiscent of the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Raoul Dufy, but possess a unique style that has resonated with readers around the world since the first book was published in 1939.

A title in the new series, The Illustrators, which celebrates illustration as an art form, Ludwig Bemelmans offers a visually rich view into the life and work of this much-loved artist and writer, and includes exclusive sketches and photographs from the Bemelmans archive that have never been previously published.

Item No. 9780500519950
$29.95
Make Way for Nancy: A Life in Public Art
Schon, Nancy
The indefatigable Nancy Schon is bet-known for her iconic "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Public Garden. Based on Robert McCloskey's books, visited by thousands of children and adults every year, it has become as familiar and beloved a Boston landmark as the swan boats and the gold dome of the State House. Now she tells the story not only of how the ducks came to Boston (along with the multiple political, artistic and personal challenges involved) but also how they travelled to Moscow, championed by Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev, to mark the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
Item No. 9781567926064
$19.95
Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation - Hardcover
Maguire, Gregory

Gregory Maguire examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney, revealing the "conversations" - often unconscious and unspoken - that artists have with one another. A master of literary invention himself, Maguire explores recurring motifs in Sendak's life work - from monsters to mayhem - as well as his profound understanding of children, their creativity, and the breadth of emotions with which they encounter the world. Making Mischief is a gift of the imagination to Maurice Sendak, one of the master mythmakers of our time.

With the same adroit scrutiny that enabled him to recognize a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, reconsiders the oeuvre of the incomparable Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Making Mischief pays tribute to the visionary author and illustrator, his profound understanding of children, and his stunningly imaginative and groundbreaking work that carried the picture book so much higher and farther than it had ever flown. A beautifully designed, endlessly fascinating volume, Making Mischief is one master mythmaker's heartfelt appreciation of another.
Item No. 9780061689161
$27.50
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration - Softcover

The preeminent children’s book artist of the twentieth century, Maurice Sendak and his sixty-year career are celebrated in this full-color catalog of more than two hundred images being exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from June 11–August 17, 2013. Accompanied by twelve essays by such noted scholars and historians as Leonard S. Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work showcases the collection of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, prominent authorities on Sendak’s artwork, and is a deeply personal and thoughtful tribute to a seminal artist whose singular vision has captured the imaginations of countless children and grown-ups throughout the world.

Item No. 9781419710735
$29.95
McCloskey: Art and Illustrations of Robert McCloskey
McCloskey, Jane


Primarily known only for his immensely popular children's books, such as Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey was first and foremost an artist and produced a large body of paintings and other artworks in addition to his sketches and illustrations for kids' books. McCloskey's art was usually influenced by where he lived, and he lived a lot of places, from Maine to Mexico and New York to Europe and the Caribbean. In this book, McCloskey's daughter looks at the range of his work from both chronological and geographic perspectives, discussing the styles of his work and his own attitudes about art.
Item No. 9781608934935
$35.00
Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: The Sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Krosoczka, Jarrett
Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is celebrating ten years as a published author/illustrator with Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: the sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka. A decade's worth of sketchbooks were visually curated by designer John Lind and Krosoczka penned essays on the creative process behind each book in his bibliography. Photos of book tour stops and field notes on Jarrett's literary career are also included, along with an introduction by radio host and art educator Mark Lynch. 100% of proceeds from this book benefit the Joseph and Shirley Memorial Youth Scholarships at the Worcester Art Museum, which provides free tuition to art courses for children in need.
Item No. 9780983854517
$13.95
product image
Maffei, Giorgio
One of the greatest graphic designers of the twentieth century called by Picasso "the Leonardo of our time" Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari (1907 1998) considered the book the best medium to communicate his visual ideas, showcase his art, and convey his creative spirit. Primarily produced in large quantities for the general public, his more-than-sixty publications from design manuals and manifestos to visionary tactile children's books displayed all the beauty and technical ingenuity of works of art.
Munari's Books, the first English-language monograph to focus on his remarkable achievements in publishing, examines in detail his seventy-year legacy in print, from his pioneering work as a graphic designer and collaborations with major publishers to his experimental visual projects and innovative contributions to the fields of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and teaching. Featuring critical essays and a wealth of color illustrations, this long-overdue monograph is a visually rich introduction to Munari's remarkably multifaceted career."
Item No. 9781616893866
$40.00
product image
Kathryn Aalto

Delve into the home of the world’s most beloved bear! Few people know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. You can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.


Item No. 9781604695991
$24.95
product image
Jeffers, Oliver
Artist Oliver Jeffers gives readers an unprecedented and intimate window into his creative process, weaving his popular works with never-before-seen art and illustrations, alongside his personal story of how he came to art, his love of books, and his bookmaking, fashioned from his personal sketchbooks.

This dynamic visual biography is Jeffers's personal chronicle of an artist who blends his love of creating stories with his love of art and his infectious charm, and is a must-have for art lovers and bibliophiles both young and old.
Oliver Jeffers takes a dive into Oliver's own origin story, inspirations, art evolution, and passion for storytelling: from growing up loving art and creating stories as a young boy in Belfast, Ireland; to finding a huge audience for his loveable stories; to what led him to his enormously clever found painting; to his collaborations with U2, TED, Colette, and Apple, to his newest meditative dipped painting performances. Oliver Jeffers is a fresh canvas for his imagination, and includes a pass through his most popular work, never-before-published illustrations and art, and a look into his more personal world of sketchbooks and doodles. Oliver's own story, infused with the whimsy and joy his work is famous for, is must-have not only for current fans of Oliver Jeffers's picture books, but also new fans, art lovers, and bibliophiles both young and old.

Item No. 9780847862993
$55.00
product image
This enchanting gallery transports viewers to a fairy tale world -- an ageless fantasy realm inhabited by characters from favorite folktales and depicted by renowned artists. Lovingly reproduced from rare early editions, more than 180 illustrations portray scenes from stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and other sources, including ancient Celtic and Norse legends. Breathtaking art, dating from 1882 to 1923, captures the genius of 23 illustrators, including Arthur Rackham, Gustave Doré, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Warwick Goble, and Walter Crane.
The imaginative interpretations include vignettes from "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Puss in Boots," "The Snow Queen," and scores of other familiar and lesser-known tales. The illustrations, many of which are brilliantly colored, full-page images, appear with a caption that includes the artist's name, the story from which it's drawn, and a descriptive line or direct quotation from the tale. Book lovers of all ages will rejoice in this treasury and its happy marriage of fine art and fairy tales.
Item No. 9780486468303
$22.95
Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries
This is not an ordinary dictionary. After all, you wouldn't expect an Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to be ordinary, would you? Lots of dictionaries tell you what an "alligator" is, or how to spell "balloon" but they won't explain the difference between a "ringbeller" and a "trogglehumper," or say why witches need "gruntles' eggs" or suggest a word for the shape of a "Knid."

All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, like "biffsquiggled" and "whizzpopping," to remind you what means what. You'll also find out where words came from, rhyming words, synonyms and lots of alternative words for words that are overused.

Oxford Children's Dictionaries are perfect for supporting literacy and learning and this is the world's first Roald Dahl Dictionary from the word experts at Oxford University Press. With real citations from Roald Dahl's children's books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary will inspire and encourage young writers and readers.

Item No. 9780192736451
$24.95
Picture This - Hardcover (Revised)
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas--about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story--remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.
Item No. 9781452135151
$28.99
Picture This - Softcover (Revised)
Bang, Molly
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary.

Bang's powerful ideas remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius: Explore the intricate and thought-provoking ideas that Bang brings to Picture This including thoughts about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? She asks the right questions to get your wheels turning while the illustrations and thoughtful designs bring the words to life.

  • Explores the mix of geometrical abstraction and emotional expressions, plus how a few clear principles can be used to build powerful visual statements.
  • Encourages you to answer the question, "How does the structure of a picture--or any visual art form--affect our emotional response?"
  • Includes powerful imagery and beautiful illustrations to help readers feel connected to the text.
  • First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

    Molly Bang has authored and illustrated more than three dozen books and has won three Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Award, among other accolades, in her long career as a writer and artist.

    Picture This makes an imaginative and inspiring gift for any artist or loved one who is interested in design.

    Item No. 9781452151991
    $22.99
    Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair
    Tourville, Jacqueline
    Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary Blair.

    Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color.

    From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn't play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

    She painted her world.

    Item No. 9781481461313
    $17.99
    product image
    Carey, Joanna
    Quentin Blake is a collaboration between Tate and London 's new House of Illustration, published to coincide with the gallery's inagural exhibition, Inside Stories, a landmark show by Quentin Blake.

    Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and most highly regarded illustrators of our time. Internationally celebrated for his partnership with Roald Dahl, throughout his fifty year career he also extended collaboration with other authors such as Russel Hoban, John Yeoman, and Michael Rosen. He created children's books of his own and illustrated adult classics by Cervantes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire, and La Fontaine. In recent years his work has appeared extensively on the walls of museums, hosptials, and other public spaces. Joanna Carey's essay is a brilliant survey of Blake's oeuvre, at once intimate, perceptive and illuinating, and written with an exuberance matching that of her subject.
    Item No. 9781849763271
    $24.95
    Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing - Autographed
    Leonard Marcus

    Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people's experience of space and time, Caldecott was inspired by his surroundings to capture action, movement, and speed in a way that had never before been seen in children's picture books. Thoroughly researched and featuring extensive archival material and a treasure trove of previously unpublished drawings, including some from Caldecott's very last sketchbook, Leonard Marcus's luminous biography shows why Caldecott was indeed the father of the modern picture book and how his influence lives on in the books we love today.

    Item No. AUTOLM8
    $24.99
    product image
    From "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" to "Maniac Magee," sci-fi to op-ed, "Casey at the Bat" to a moving true story about the reunion of two Hololcaust survivors, this wonderfully diverse collection of excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and books has been created by Jim Trelease especially to turn young people on to the many pleasures of reading. Here are thought-provoking columns from Mike Royko and Pete Hamill; excerpts from classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Rikki-tikki-tavi"; autobiographical sketches by Maya Angelou, Moss Hart, and others, highlighting the imoportance of reading in their lives; and much more. With selections representing many different cultures, genres, writing styles, and interests, "Read All About It!" is a wonderful introduction to the riches of literature and to a lifetime of reading.
    Item No. 9780140146554
    $15.00