Today we’re going to look at some more examples of how the art and design in nonfiction children’s books have changed over time. Let’s look at some stunning styles developed by some very creative people.
Here are some recent books in which the topic and art really dictate the format and design:
And here we have some books with a perfect synergy between art choices and the writing style.
In River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illustrator by Melissa Sweet uses complex paper-collage illustrations (that often include surprising elements) to capture the time and place in which Williams lived.
What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley (illus. Edwin Fotheringham) has a completely different tone than River of Words, but, once again, it is the perfect integration of art and text that make the book work on so many levels.
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