Researching Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Illustration by Kris Black of a stack of books with a pen at the top

I’m writing a series of articles about children’s book authors and illustrators. These articles are a collection of my thoughts and observations about the artists. By no means do I consider myself a critic with any clout within the children’s literature industry. I’m doing this merely to study other creators of children’s books for my betterment.

In these articles, I’ll share insights I observe of the artist’s writing, illustration style, and overall storytelling. You may disagree with some of my observations which is fine and expected. You may also have some views of your own, and if you wish to share them, please do so in the comments.First up on my list of creators:

  • David Wiesner
  • Mo Willems
  • Eric Carle
  • Shel Silverstein
  • David Shannon
  • Jon Klassen

I’ll be adding to this list over time, as I discover writers and illustrators whose work I admire and respect. I’m also compiling lists of creators from the comic book industry whom I want to research and write about as well. I’m mainly looking for storytellers that create stories that resonate with me, and have a style I want to consume, and, in some fashion, incorporate into my own work.If there are creators in children’s books or comics you admire, please let me know in the comments.

Kris Black

Kris Black

Author & Cartoonist of Comics and Children’s Books

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Kris Black is a cartoonist for comics and children’s books. He’s working on his first two children’s books.
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