Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

By Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles

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  • Paperback
  • 300 Colour illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697385
  • Published January 2012

Children’s picturebooks are the very first books we encounter, and they form an important, constantly evolving, and dynamic sector of the publishing world. But what does it take to create a successful picturebook for children?

In seven chapters, this book covers the key stages of conceiving a narrative, creating a visual language and developing storyboards and design of a picturebook. The book includes interviews with leading children’s picturebook illustrators, as well as case studies of their work. The picturebooks and artists featured hail from Australia, Belgium, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.

In this publication, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles introduce us to the world of children’s picturebooks, providing a solid background to the industry while exploring the key concepts and practices that have gone into the creation of successful picturebooks.

About the Author

Martin Salisbury is an illustrator and Professor of Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, where he leads the UK’s first Masters programme in children’s book illustration. He is the author of Play Pen: New Children’s Book Illustration (2007).

Morag Styles is Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Art, Narrative and Childhood (2003).

Customer Reviews

Fascinating and inspiring Review by Peggy Hogan
'This vibrantly illustrated book lets all of us glimpse the process of creation from sketches and storyboards to finished work. Artists, teachers, and parents alike will be fascinated and inspired by the words of children themselves as they explore the world of picturebooks.'
Peggy Hogan, Adjunct Professor, Illustration Department, Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University
(Posted on 12/13/12)
Indispensable for a novice as well as an expert Review by Maria Nikolajeva
'In more than one sense a splendid example of word and picture collaboration, this reader-friendly volume with its rich international material will be indispensable for a novice as well as expert, for writer and artist, teacher and student, word-lover and image-lover, for anyone interested on how picturebooks are produced, marketed and consumed in the contemporary multimedial, multicultural world.'
Maria Nikolajeva, University of Cambridge (Posted on 12/13/12)

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'Children’s Picturebooks more than lives up to its title, providing a sober study of children’s books through time, touching on their history, common themes, issues of image reproduction, prominent artists, and even a guide for getting such a book published.'
Buzz Poole, imprint