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I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I was a voracious reader. Shy, nerdy and awkward, I found books exciting worlds to leap into any time I saw fit. The smell of the bookpages, poring over endpapers and illustrations, and the sheer act of reading those little marks on paper just fascinated me, as it still does today. There is a certain kind of magic to books and stories that is hard to beat and for that I will always be excited to crack that next book open. At the same time, there’s this stigma against books with pictures, that they’re something you leave behind after you get to a certain age.

The urge to make our own mark upon this format is immense. To give back to that tradition of storytelling and share our own along the way; for me it is a constant driving force. Along with that urge comes the desire to make new projects happen, to curate and build upon the traditions we already know. For that, this project is important– to help bring back that tradition of illustration and books, no matter what the age group.

Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them. From sci-fi to children’s books to fantasy to serious novels, we’ll cover them all. For three weeks out of every month there will be a new illustration every day from one of us along with our thoughts, process, anything we can come up with. Together we will try to excite readers both new and old and capture some of that magic of storytelling.

We hope you enjoy the results of this experiment!

For questions, comments, concerns, or general cheerings-on about the project, please contact the chief ringleader of the project (that’d be me, Meg Hunt!). We’ll be happy to hear and talk to you about this endeavor!

30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Krista Downey  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi Pictures Book Report,

    What a wonderful way to highlight the skills of illustrators and to encourage a community of readers.

    Hope you get lots of participants. I will be checking back periodically. I am a graphic designer at an ad agency in Toronto, ON, Canada. It’s always nice to broaden horizons, collaborators.

    Good Luck!
    Krista Downey

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  • 2. Brian Christopher  |  February 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Love the concept! I will eagerly await the first post –

    I worked collaboratively on a similar project inspired by fairy tales, titled “Breadcrumbs.” It was a series of paintings that follow a random and spontaneous visual and textual narrative constructed using bits and pieces from classic fairy tales, woven together to create a twisted new story.

    http://jabcstudio.com/pages/breadcrumbs.php

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  • 3. WanderingBert  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Oh man! This is gonna be greeeeaaaat! I’m super excited to see all the awesomness that will no doubt come from this.

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  • 4. jess smart smiley  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    This is a splendid idea and I embrace it whole-heartedly. Sam and Meg’s bookplates are beautiful :)

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  • 5. walline  |  February 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Color me super excited, great work so far!

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  • 6. Heather Hastings  |  February 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Consider this MY new favourite extended love song! I completely agree about the magic of a book, as well as their scents. I can’t wait for more!

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  • 7. andrea  |  February 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Hello guys!! great work, love this!!!

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  • 8. Megan Abrahams  |  February 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    As for the stigma attached to illustrated books for older children – this is one reason it’s heartening to see how the graphic novel has taken off. What a fun project. Glad I saw this post.

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  • 9. Bill Bibo  |  March 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I am loving this site, very interesting. I do have one comment that would help me.
    I hate to admit it but I have not read all the books in the list. It would help a great deal if in each post you would call out which story it is from.
    thanks

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  • 10. Megan Abrahams  |  March 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve given you the One Lovely Blog Award today on my blog.

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  • 11. milcousas  |  April 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful site! Congratulations!
    http://milcousas.wordpress.com/

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  • 12. Leigh Yardley  |  April 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

    I have been doing an illustration project as a teaching artist. Just found this project of yours will give the link to the 6th grade teacher for her to share with her students.
    Thanks.

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  • 13. Sol Linero  |  April 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This is soooooo awesome Meg! Congrats on the project, I will be checking it every week!

    Sol.

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  • 14. Elizabeth Bluemle  |  April 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea! I was originally looking for interpretations of classic literature that might re-imagine race and/or culture (an African-American Fern in Charlotte’s Web, for instance, or an East Indian Alice, etc.) — and though I didn’t find illustrations like those, I love seeing the amazing variety of styles and treatment here. Will definitely bookmark this site.

    By the way, if any artists are doing what I describe above, I’d love to see your work. I’m doing a PW blog post about race in children’s literature and wish I had the artistic talent to create some alternate book covers to use with it. shelftalker2@gmail.com

    (I posted this in the wrong spot earlier tonight. Feel free to delete that one. Sorry!)

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  • 15. Regina W. Bautista  |  May 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Good Morning Ms. Hunt!

    I actually tried to email you at the link you left above (meg@meghunt.com) but my letter wasn’t able to get through <: )

    My name's Regina, and I love the work that you and your merry crew have put into bringing these classics to life :) I think the whole project's exciting, and the overall impact it can make may literally be huge. I'd love to talk to you more about this project :)

    I left my email, so please get back to me if you've the time : ) Thank you!

    Cheers!
    Regina

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  • 16. Kristen Morgan  |  May 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hey! I stumbled across your blog last week and am intrigued! How can I become a part of your awesome project?

    I am an illustrator/graphic designer currently writing my own children’s book. Let me know if there is availability of room on your project for one more illustrator!Thanks!
    Kristen

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  • 17. ryan andrews  |  May 31, 2010 at 8:52 am

    i just wanted to thank you for putting this together. ive been following it for awhile now and it inspired me to start illustrating one of my favorite stories. im sure you all are swamped, but if you have time id be honored if you checked it out. in the mean time ill keep checking back here for more sweet illustration goodness!

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  • 18. Jacqui Lee  |  June 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Wow. This is an amazing site. What a great idea. As an illustration student I can’t even begin to explain how inspiring this is to see. Everyone is so talented and I love all the different takes on some of my favourite stories.

    Thank you for starting this project!

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  • 19. Amy T. Falcone  |  June 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I would just die to do a Jonathon Livingston Seagull project.

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  • 20. Sam Bosma | Squidface and the Meddler  |  September 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    [...] of the pieces shown here are from a on-going project that Sam is participating in called the Picture Book Report for which he is illustrating twelve scenes from JRR Tolkien’s The [...]

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  • 21. Dane  |  October 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    What a fabulous, and dare I say it, novel idea. Brilliant, just brilliant.

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  • 22. Robin  |  October 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Such an incredible idea!

    I’m so inspired I believe I’ll have to do my own Picture Book report on one of my childhood favourites!

    In the mean time, I can’t wait for more updates :)

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  • 23. Nev Nickelz  |  January 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Great site! Thanks for all these contributions to the picture book community.

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  • 24. Melanie  |  January 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I am in love with your site! As a 4th grade literacy teacher, THANK YOU!

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  • 25. Kira  |  July 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Wow! Beautiful site, beatiful pictures, I love it!
    But as well as this project impresses me, it also drives me to desperation… I am a young student and want to become a graphics designer, but whenever seeing all the good pictures from professional or hobby designers I feel inferior because they are all better than my drawings I think… So I always lose the incentive to draw on my own. It’s such confusing!

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  • 27. Geoff Brown  |  September 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love love love the Giver Pics! By any chance are there any more? I’d love to use this in my classroom as a way to assess my students understanding of the novel. Please email me!

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  • 28. Samuel Green  |  September 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I love your work! Your pics are great.

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  • 29. Francis Maffi  |  November 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

    The stuff on A Wrinkle in Time is amazing!!! has the whole book been completed? I’d love to use this in my classroom: The illustrations really make the book come to life and give struggling readers a chance to visualize it.

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