100 Great Children's Picturebooks

By Martin Salisbury

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  • Hardback
  • 400 illustrations
  • 216 pages
  • 11⅛ x 8⅝ ins
  • ISBN 9781780674087
  • Published April 2015

This unashamed visual feast celebrates the best designed and illustrated picturebooks from around the world over the past one hundred years.

Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists and Postwar Neo-romantics. They are also mirrors of their times reflecting social concerns from a child's and family's perspectives throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Fearlessly confronting the frontiers between a child's picturebook and art, this is a collection of books that anyone with an interest in design, illustration or simply children's literature should know about.

About the Author

Martin Salisbury is a lecturer in illustration and a freelance illustrator. He designed and leads the UK's first Masters program in children's book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of Illustrating Children's Books (Quarto/A&C Black), a practical guide to illustration.

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01: The Slant Book, Peter Newell (1910)    
02: Le fond du sac (The bottom of the bag), Benjamin Rabier (1912)    
03: Voyages et glorieuses découvertes des grandes navigateurs (Voyages and glorious discoveries of the great seafarers), Edy Legrand (1921)    
04: Pro Dva Kyadrata (About two squares), El Lissitzky (1922)        
05: Morozhenoe (Ice Cream), Samuil Marshak, Illustrations by Vladimir Lebedev (1925)    
06: Potop (The Flood), Semion Polotsky, illustrated by Dmitri Bulanov (1925)    
07: Clever Bill, William Nicholson (1926)    
08: Il teatro di Bonaventura: una losca congiura (The theatre of Bonaventura: a shady conspiracy), Sergio Tefanao (1930)    
09: Kem byt’? (Whom shall I be?), Vladimir Mayakovsky, Illustrated by Nisson Shiffrin (1931)    
10: Hansi, Ludwig Bemelmans (1934)    
11: Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, Edward Ardizzone (1936)    
12: Lucy Brown and Mister Grimes, Edward Ardizzone (1937)    
13: This Year: Next Year, Walter de la Mare, illustrated by Harold Jones (1937)    
14: High Street, J. M. Richards, Illustrations by Eric Ravilious (1938)
15: The Local, Maurice Gorham, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (1939)    
16: Mes belles poésies (My beautiful poems), Marcelle Drouin, illustrated by Michel Bouchaud (1939)        
17: Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey (1941)    
18: Village and Town, S.R. Badmin (1942)        
19: Ríkejte si se mnou (Say with me), Frantisek Hrubin, Illustrations by Jiri Trnka (1946)        
20: Brae Farm, Tom Gentleman (1945)        
21: The Little White Bear, Enid Marx (1945)        
22: Storie di tre uccelini (A tale of three little birds), Bruno Munari (1945)        
23: Il venditore di animali (Animals for sale), Bruno Munari (1945)        
24: Ella’s Birthday, Betty Swanwick (1946)        
25: The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower, Odo Cross, Illustrated by John Minton (1947)        
26: The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Sheila Robinson (late 1940s)    
27: Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Seaside Holiday, Kathleen Hale (1952)        
28: The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, Tove Jansson (1953)        
29: The Little Steamroller, Graham Greene, illustrated by Dorothy Craigie (1953)
30: Mother Goose Riddle Rhymes, Joseph Low (1953)        
31: Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (1955)
32: See and Say: A Picture Book in Four Languages, Antonio Frasconi (1955)
33: See the Circus, H.A. Rey (1955)        
34: Babar et le Professeur Grifaton (Babar and Professor Grifaton), Laurent de Brunhoff (1956)    
35: I Know a Lot of Things, Ann and Paul Rand (1956)    
36: The Vegetabull, Jan Le Witt (1956)        
37: Ounce Dice Trice, Alastair Reid, illustrated by Ben Shahn (1958)        
38: Roland, Nelly Stéphane, illustrated by André François (1958)        
39: Do You See What I See?, Helen Borten (1959)        
40: The Moon Jumpers, Janice May Udry, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (1959)
41: Petunia Takes a Trip, Roger Duvoisin (1959)        
42: Piccolo blu e piccolo giallo (Little blue and little yellow), Leo Lionni (1959)
43: Sleeping Beauty, Felix Hoffmann (1959)        
44: What to Look for in Winter, E. L. Grant Wilson, illustrated by C. F. Tunnicliffe (1959)        
45: Lonely Maria, Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Evaline Ness (1960)        
46: Old Winkle and the Seagulls, Elizabeth and Gerald Rose (1960)    
47: This is New York, M. Sasek (1960)        
48: Chichibo and the Crane, Giovanni Boccaccio, adapted and Illustrated by Emanuele Luzzati (1961)    
49: The General, Janet Charters, illustrated by Michael Foreman (1961)        
50: Hold Fast by Your Teeth, Edward Bawden (1963)        
51: Mr Clockman, Helga Renneisen, illustrated by Eberhard Binder (1964)        
52: Humbert, John Burningham (1965)    
53: La chauve-souris dorée (The gilded bat), Edward Gorey (1966)        
54: A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrations by Brian Wildsmith (1966)    
55: Moon Man, Tomi Ungerer (1966)        
56: Fenella in the South of France, David Gentleman (1967)    
57: Zirkus Nock (The Nock Family Circus), Celestino Piatti (1967)        
58: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr (1968)        
59: Goggles!, Ezra Jack Keates (1969)        
60: Pope Leo’s Elephant, John Lawrence (1969)        
61: Momoko and the Pretty Bird, Iwasaki Chihiro (1972)        
62: The Monster from Half-way to Nowhere, Max Velthuijs (1973)        
63: Richard, Charles Keeping (1973)        
64: A Rolls Called Ark, William Stobbs (1974)        
65: Daifuku Mochi (The Strange Rice Cake), Seizo Tashima (1976)        
66: Gorogoro Nyaan (Adventurous Flying of Cats), Cho Shinta (1976)        
67: Yako Ressha (Night Train), Shigeo Nishimura (1980)    
68: Outside Over There, Maurice Sendak (1981)        
69: Under The North Star, Ted Hughes, illustrated by Leonard Baskin (1981)
70: Doctor De Soto, William Steig (1982)        
71: The Favershams, Roy Gerrard (1982)        
72: Town and Country, Alice and Martin Provensen (1984)    
73: The Tinderbox, Hans Christian Andersen, illustrations by Warwick Hutton (1988)74: Dwarf Nose, Wilhelm Hauff, illustrated by Lizbeth Zwerger (1993)        
75: Alphabet, Kvêta Pacovská (1994)        
76: L’ogresse en pleurs (The crying ogress), Valérie Dayre, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch (1996)        
77: It’s Dreamtime, Sara Fanelli (1999)        
78: Gisèle de Verre (Glass Gisèle), Beatrice Alemagna (2002)    
79: Jour de Neige (Snow day), Komako Sakai (2006)        
80: Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Susanne Jannsen (2007)    
81: ABC 3D, Marion Bataille (2008)        
82: Bao’er (The boy who outfoxed a fox), Xinyi, illustrated by Cai Gao (2008)    
83: Pierre Crignasse, Fil & Atak (2009)        
84: Het Circus van Dottore Fausto (The Circus of Doctor Faustus), Pieter van Ousheusden, illustrations by Isabelle Vandenabeele (2010)
85: La coda canterina (The singing tail), Guia Risari, illustrated by Violeta Lopiz (2010)        
86: De Quelle Couleur est le Vent? (What colour is the wind?), Anne Herbauts (2010)    
87: Jag-eun Dangnagwi (Little Donkey), Kim Yein (2010)        
88: Jo Singe Garçon (Jo monkey boy), Beatrice Alemagna (2010)    
89: Usagi-kun to Haru-chan (Master Rabbit and Miss Haru), Ko Okada, illustrated by Chiaki Okada (2010)    
90: The Wolf’s Whistle, Bjorn Rune Lie (2010)        
91: Frida et Diego au pays des squelettes (Frida and Diego in the land of skeletons), Fabian Negrin (2011)
92: I Want my Hat Back, John Klassen (2011)
93: Praia Mar (High tide), Bernardo Carvalho (2011)    
94: Lutin Veille (Elf eve), Astrid Lundgren, illustrated by Kitty Crowther (2012)    
95: My Grandpa, Marta Altés (2012)        
96: Soonchild, Russell Hoban, illustrated by Alexis Deacon (2012)
97: The Thorn Mountain, Sunmi Park (2012)        
98: Annas Himmel (Anna’s Heaven), Stian Hole (2013)        
99: The Promise, Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin (2013)    
100: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Katherina Manolessou (2014)    

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