Are you looking for ways to inspire your children’s writing and creativity? Do you want to help them understand a little more of the process of illustrating picture books?
These illustrator profiles are a great place to start. Read the books to the children and discuss the illustrations. Ask the children to respond to the illustrations: what do they like, how do the illustrations make them feel, why did the illustrator use that media or colour?
Read their profiles to develop an understanding of where the illustrators get their ideas and how they illustrate the books. Use the books to stimulate children’s imaginations and to springboard into their own art work.
The profiles are a great addition to a display of the books illustrated by the artist, or to include in a class book about authors and illustrators.
Many of these illustrators are available for visits to schools in their local areas. Others may available to communicate with your class via email or online. As a courtesy to illustrators, it is important for children to be familiar with their work before meeting with, or writing to, them. Illustrators always love to hear from their fans. Check their websites for contact information.