The first grasp of a Pat the Bunny book can spark a love of reading in a child. The power of children’s literature is so strong that it begins before the mind is capable of reading and when the focus is on the illustrations. The details of well-loved children’s book become ingrained in us and continue to provoke the imagination into adulthood. We asked children’s book illustrator Mike Herrod for the five quintessential children books on his bookshelf. Be sure to check out the My Carrot Industries Krrb corner for prints of Mike Herrod’s illustrations.
Iggy Peck Architect
Another great story about a child overcoming pesky adults to realize their dreams. David Roberts’ artwork somehow manages to be both exquisitely beautiful and super-fun at the same time.
I love the original German version in all its gory gruesomeness, but Bob Staake’s modern retelling takes the cake. It’s definitely for kids with a darker sense of humor. I love Staake’s stylized art – I wish I could have a poster made from every page.
The Stupids Take Off
I could really pick any James Marshall illustrated book for this list. He’s the best-est. I love his dry sense of humor and understated art. Anything he touched turned to gold.
A great story about parents letting kids be what they want to be. The artwork by Eric Heliot is a perfect combination of clean lines, stylized characters and beautiful watercolors.
Edwin Speaks Up
This is an adorable tale about a baby animal that knows way more than the grownups around her. The story is great but it is the pictures that make this book. Sophie Blackall is so talented it’s not really fair to us other humans.