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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

Simone Lia is a graphic novelist and a comics artist, and her work has been exhibited across Europe, including at the Tate Britain. She lives and works in London.

Now this is a Q&A with some awesomely fun questions worthy of digging into! Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Matt Myers discuss their picture book Tiny and The Big Dig

Christopher Weyant won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for his first illustrated children's book, You Are (Not) Small, written by his wife, Anna Kang.

Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, both written by Kate Messner, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Since partnering with Schiffer Publishing, Timothy Young has authored and illustrated several picture books.

Rohan Eason is an illustrator based in London who works predominantly in pen and ink. He is the cover artist of A Voyage Through Air and The Secret Throne, among many other children’s books including My First Kafka, The Gobblings and Wildwitch: Wildfire.

Here's an effervescently deep conversation between beloved children's book author Stacy McAnulty and award-winning illustrator David Litchfield. They discuss their picture book Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

Authors Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans have teamed up with illustrator AG Ford to bring you the tale of a cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him.

Here you will get to have a peek inside Doogie Horner's studio and his artistic process for Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers.

Author Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrator Ben Mantle are the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale is their latest collaboration.

Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.

An Interview with Brigette Barrager about Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True. Unicorns, Rainbows, and Illustrating Picture Books!

Come inside the studio of Erica Sirotich. Her artwork has graced kids' publications, toy packaging, greeting cards, websites, and apps.

Susanna Chapman studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and now designs children's books for a publisher outside Boston.

It’s Just So … Little is the second book starring your effervescent Lizzy character. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discussed why they picked the theme of preparing to be a big sister for this new story.

Here's a lovely chance to listen in on author Kallie George and illustrator Stephanie Graegin as they discuss the delightful series Heartwood Hotel.

In the case of the hilarious LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST picture books, Josh Funk is from the US and Brendan Kearney is from the UK. After already collaborating on 2 books together, this is the first time they have talked to each other about their processes and inner thoughts.

Writer and illustrator Marty Kelley lives in NH. His picture book, Twelve Terrible Things (Tricycle Press), received a starred review in School Library Journal and a glowing write-up in The New York Times by none other than Lemony Snickett.

Discover why Will Hillenbrand makes art, what inspires him, and the art medium he used to create his newest published book Share, Big Bear, Share!

Tim Miller is the author-artist of Moo Moo in a Tutu, Snappsy the Alligator, and the the illustrator of the middle grade Hamstersaurus Rex books.