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!