We asked 13 outstanding children’s book illustrators to create their artistic interpretations of our literacy campaign message: Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The result is a spectacular collection of art, and each piece is accompanied by free supplemental resources that meet the Common Core State Standards.
Here is how you can use these resources with young readers (grades K-2 or 3-5).
MEET THE ARTISTS & VIEW
Share the artists’ bios with students. View the art online or download
ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH ACTIVITIESEach piece of art includes
discussion questions as well
as writing and art prompts
WATCH ARTIST VIDEO INTERVIEWS & READ-ALOUDSIn these videos, artists talk about the
creative process and read aloud
from a favorite book
Harry Bliss’s comic-style illustrations allow him to create hilarious characters that resonate with children. He is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker and the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Bailey and Bailey at the Museum, which he also wrote.
Nancy Carpenter is the celebrated illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including the heartwarming Lucky Ducklings. Her unique multimedia approach and ability to work in a broad range of style and mediums has garnered her illustrations numerous honors.
Henry Cole is the illustrator of dozens of popular picture books, including Unspoken, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2012. Cole’s artistic talents and gentle humor have kept children entertained for more than 15 years.
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the ongoing #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels, whose stunning artwork and imaginative storytelling create a richly drawn fantasy for young readers.
Jeff Kinney is the #1 bestselling creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has sold more than 85 million copies around the world. Kinney's work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books.
Since emigrating to the USA in 1994, Yuyi Morales has created some of the most celebrated Latino works for children’s books, including Just a Minute and Just in Case, both winners of the Pura Belpré Medal. Yuyi says she “strives to capture the beauty of the everyday forms.”
Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. He is a New York Times bestseller, a two-time Caldecott Honoree, and a Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner.
LeUyen Pham is the author/illustrator of 50 books for children, including the bestselling Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore, and Shoe-La-La! by Karen Beaumont. Her illustrations are always playful and lively and always attempt to capture the spirit of childhood.
Dav Pilkey is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Captain Underpants series, which has more than 50 million books in print. Pilkey is also the author/illustrator of numerous popular and award-winning books for children, including The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book.
Jerry Pinkney is the highly acclaimed illustrator of one hundred books and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, five Caldecott Honor Medals, and five Coretta Scott King Awards. Jerry Pinkney was elected into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2011.
Judy Schachner is best known as the author/illustrator of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling, tongue twisting, canine cavorting, feline frolicking Skippyjon Jone series.
Axel Scheffler has received many awards for his witty, humorous illustrations, and has brought to life a huge variety of beloved characters, including Zog, the accident-prone dragon in A Gold Star for Zog; the unforgettable Stick Man; and worldwide favorite, The Gruffalo.
Erin E. Stead is the Caldecott Medal-winning, New York Times bestselling artist of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and the illustrator of both New York Times bestsellers Bear Has a Story to Tell (written by husband and collaborator Philip C. Stead) and And Then It’s Spring, by Julie Fogliano.