Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

mystery makers

Here are some author/illustrators whose work is all about hidden codes, clues and mysteries. They seem to appeal to all ages, but still fall within the "picture book" genre.

Kit Williams

Graeme Base

Chris van Allsburg

Nick Bantock (Bantock also keeps up a pretty active blog!)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

children's book history sites

University of Delaware, "World of the Child"

History of Little Golden Books.

Little Goody Two Shoes.

Looking Glass for the Mind.

Princeton Children's Lit Exhibits: here and here.

early experiments with multicolored lithography

Ida Waugh (1890)
From Wikipedia:
Senefelder had experimented during the early 19th century with multicolor lithography; in his 1819 book, he predicted that the process would eventually be perfected and used to reproduce paintings.[1] Multi-color printing was introduced by a new process developed by Godefroy Engelmann (France) in 1837 known as chromolithography.[1] A separate stone was used for each color, and a print went through the press separately for each stone. The main challenge was to keep the images aligned (in register). This method lent itself to images consisting of large areas of flat color, and resulted in the characteristic poster designs of this period.
Ernst Haeckel (1904)
James Rattray (1847)
Arribas (1937)
Julio Suarez (1942)