I always go blank when asked to name my favorite illustrators. The list is too long, but I decided to make a start. Ever notice how illustrators resemble their artistic style? Like dog owners and their dogs.
This list is just a start. I am not even half done. Asterisks indicate my favorites among the favorites.
Alice and Martin Provensen - Brain Pickings
Barbara Cooney - Hornbook bio
Beatrix Potter - Society
Catarina Kruusval - Kirkus list
Chris Raschka - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
* David Small - Website
* Errol Le Cain - Legacy
Etienne Delessert - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Eva Montanari - Website
* Ezra Jack Keats - Keats Foundation
Garth Williams - Wikipedia
Jill McElmurry - Website
John Burningham - British Council of Literature
Julia Sarcone-Roach - Website
Kadir Nelson - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
* Komako Sakai - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Liniers - Big Wet Balloon
* Ludwig Bemelmans - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Maira Kalman - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Mark Simont - Children's Literature Network
Margaret Bloy Graham - Children's Literature Network
Marla Frazee - Website
Mrs. Biddlebox is GENIUS.
* Maurice Sendak - Collection
I visited the Jewish Museum to see an exhibit of Sendak's work. So much of the artwork was flawless, but a rough sketch brought me to tears. I nearly snatched it off the wall and made a run for it. I should have.
Mo Willems - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Willems put glasses on an elephant. Perfect.
Paul O. Zelinsky - Website
Quentin Blake - Website
Sergio Ruzzier - Website
* Shel Silverstein - Website
* Stian Hole - Kirkus
William Steig - Wikipedia