It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday and this week is freebie week. I’ve chosen to pick ten of my favourite children’s illustrators. If I had my way, all
children’s books would be full of wonderful pictures!
Laura Ellen Anderson is the amazingly talented illustrator of Witch Wars, Snappy Birthday, the Evil Emperor Penguin, and more! Her illustrations are so whimsical and fun, and I hope to treat myself to more of her books in the future!
Chris Riddell is an inspiring illustrator and is sure to do excellent work as the new Children’s Laureate. If you ever get the chance to go to one of his events and see him draw live, do it! He has illustrated many books, from Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindler and Fortunately, the Milk… to his own stories, the Goth Girl series and Ottoline series – beautiful books sitting on my TBR!
Quentin Blake is famous for bringing Roald Dahl’s stories to life and has illustrated over 300 books. Even though I never read Roald Dahl as a child, I still feel nostalgic when I look at Quentin Blake’s drawings, especially those of Matilda!
Becka Moor has illustrated the Violet series written by Harriet Whitehorn, the Royal Babysitters series written by Clementine Beauvais, and more! My favourite illustrations are the little Berties from The Royal Babysitters – they’re so cute!
Joyce Lankester Brisley is one of the first illustrators I remember admiring. I fell in love with her Milly-Molly-Mandy series as a six-year-old young child. Her map of the village and drawings of Milly-Molly-Mandy’s family are still among my favourite illustrations.
Rebecca Cobb creates adorable illustrations, not only in books but also on social media! I adore her pictures for Paper Dolls, written by Julia Donaldson, and her #TwitterAdventCalendar.
Jim Kay has been one of my favourite illustrators ever since I read A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness, so I was thrilled to discover that he would be working on the new Harry Potter illustrated editions!
Nick Sharratt has one of the most recognisable illustration styles. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author as a child and when I think about her books, I can’t help but think about Nick Sharratt’s iconic illustrations. They remind me that I loved words and pictures as an 11-year-old as much as I do now.
Sarah Horne illustrates the Sesame Seade series as well as many other books! Sleuth on Skates, written by Clementine Beauvais, was one of the books that got me reading more middle grade novels. Sarah Horne’s inky delights are a big part of why I love the trilogy so much.
Lucy Knisley isn’t strictly a children’s illustrator but I loved her non-fiction graphic novel, Relish – My Life in the Kitchen. Her drawings accurately depict what it’s like to grow up – and what it’s like to be a foodie. I cannot wait to read the rest of her books!
Who’s your favourite illustrator?