100 Great Children's Picture Books, by Martin Salisbury / ISBN 9781780674087 / 216-page hardcover, 9 x 11.5 inches, from Laurence King Publishing (discounted overstock copies in like new condition)
"100 Great Children's Picturebooks is filled to the brim with a luscious and dreamy as well as a graphic and minimal collection of illustrated works that will whisk you away, whether you're seven or 70. Publisher Laurence King should include a label warning readers that this title is known to cause book lust." - AIGA Eye on Design
This 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.
Martin Salisbury is an illustrator and is Professor of Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, where he leads the UK's first Masters program in children's book illustration. Among his books on the subject is Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration (2007) and Children's Picturebooks (2011).