Article, Authors and Illustrators, Book Resources

Teaching with Illustrators

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. The experience of reading a picture book hinges entirely on the illustrations, and perhaps the people who know that best are the illustrators themselves. Enter the mindset of artists whose insights can elevate your students' reading experience to the next level.

Guided Tours of Favorite Books: Illustrators Discuss Their Work, Page by Page

Meet the Night EaterAna Juan
The Night Eater
In this picture book, Juan's lush illustrations bring readers into the fantastical world of The Night Eater, a creature that gobbles up darkness.


Welcome to the World of FridaAna Juan
Frida
In this biography of the famous painter Frida Kahlo, Juan's whimsical representations of Frida's life both incorporate and pay homage to Frida's artistic style.


Come See the Dinosaurs of Waterhouse HawkinsBrian Selznick
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
Selnick's detailed illustrations provide another dimension to this biography of a little-known scientist and his life's work.


Mark Teague in the SpotlightMark Teague
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
In this humorous look at a dog's life behind bars, Teague uses an interplay between illustrations and text to tell the whole story.

Teaching About Artists and Illustrators
Use this unit plan to teach your students about illustrators and different artistic mediums, from painting to collage.

Interviews with Favorite Author/Illustrators
Meet five favorite author/illustrators and learn how they create the stories and images that captivate us.

Eric Carle in the Spotlight
In our audio clip, hear Eric Carle, author and illustrator of favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, discuss his life and his work. Afterwards, introduce Carle further using our author study and teaching plan.

Meet the Man Behind BONE: Jeff Smith
In this twist on the standard author/illustrator interview, the BONE cousins ask questions of their creator, Jeff Smith. Be part of the interactive Q&A or read a text version of the interview.

Student Interviews with Illustrators
Celebrated illustrators answered questions from students and teachers across the country. These transcripts provide the inside scoop.
David Diaz
Leo and Diane Dillon
Nancy Tafuri
Chris Van Allsburg
Don and Audrey Wood
Ed Young

 

 

 

  • Subjects:
    Literature Appreciation, Actors, Artists, Performers, Visual Arts, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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