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Illustrator Interviews

 

It’s time to get to know your favorite (or soon to be favorite) illustrators by reading our exclusive interviews! Get ready to feast your eyes on some truly super artwork.

 

Interviews with Children's Book illustrators

Artwork is a very important part of children’s books, especially picture books and graphic novels, and now many chapter books too. When you read an illustrator interview on The Children’s Book Review, you’ll often get an insiders look or a behind the scenes visit of the illustrator’s studio and creative process. You could also learn how the illustrator’s own life experiences shaped their artwork and storytelling abilities, or what their most used art supply is, or which children’s book character they would love to create artwork with. With so many featured illustrators, there is certainly something for everyone here, but we wonder which illustrators will be or are your faves. Be sure to let us know through our Twitter handle, and share your thoughts with us on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview.

To get you started, here are some of our more recent illustrator interviews:

Illustration Inspiration: Renée Graef, Illustrator of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry

Caldecott Honor-Winning John Rocco Talks About Blizzard

Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda Discuss Here Comes the Easter Cat

Be sure to peruse through the illustrator interviews below, you’ll be so glad you did!

Illustrator Interviews

Holly Hatam is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Dear Girl and Dear Boy, and now Dear Baby. Here she talks about why she makes art!

We're thrilled to share this conversation with Sophie Blackall in which we dove deep into the meaning and the creative process behind IF YOU COME TO EARTH.

From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die-cut pages.

STAND UP! is an online auction of original artwork. 100 artists have each contributed a piece on the theme, STAND UP.

Kataneh Vahdani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Kat and Juju is her first picture book series. 

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

Author-illustrator Lily Williams talks about her beautiful and meaningful work, including IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED, the third book in her IF ANIMALS DISAPPEARED series.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

This Way, Charlie. It’s a wonderful friendship story between a blind horse and a grumpy goat written by Caron Levis.

LAUREN O’HARA is an illustrator from the north of England. As a child she loved reading fairy tales, painting insects, and listening to her grandmother’s stories.

Yoko Tanaka has illustrated novels, including The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and picture books, including Princessland by Emily Jenkins and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Which five words best describe The Heart of a Whale? Anna Pignataro: Hopeful, heart-warming, soulful, magical, comforting.

Ged Adamson's picture books include A Fox Found a Box; Douglas, You Need Glasses!; Shark Dog!; Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed); and Bird Hugs!

Bill Cotter is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Don’t Push the Button! series, now with over 1 million copies sold worldwide.

Which five words best describe You Loves Ewe? Cece Bell: Love. Silly. Homonyms. Confusion. Persnickety.

Carin Berger, The Pen and Ink Brigade's fearless leader, and Salina Alko, the expert of extras, discuss the art show, how The Pen and Ink Brigade came to be, and what this pink community means to them.

See Xindi Yan's sketches and the process of creating the artwork for The Itty-Bitty Witch.

Yamada's joy and appreciation for life combined with Barouch's deep love of nature has created an inspiring and absolutely stunning book that will undoubtedly speak to people of all ages.

Allison Steinfeld's latest book is Kid Activists written by Robin Stevenson for Quirk Books.