Children see the world with different eyes. Through illustrated stories in children’s books they learn about the world in which they live. The best picture books for children not only feature wonderful stories, but also tell them in a visually appealing way. Children are very critical readers who simply cast aside books they deem boring, overzealous, pedantic, or visually unimaginative.
Thankfully, a rich selection of contemporary children’s books is currently available. They deal with quite sophisticated topics and feature cutting-edge images. Despite, or because of, the ubiquity of televisions and computers, children’s books have remained popular with kids and parents. These books have also not lost their appeal for illustrators and publishing houses—not least because a hit children’s book can serve as the lucrative basis for TV programs, video games, toys, or other merchandising.
Featuring the work of the best up-and-coming illustrators and creators of picture books for children, Little Big Books is a captivating showcase of what is state-of-the-art in today’s children’s books. In addition to the compelling visuals, the publication offers insightful texts for those who hope to create or market visual content for children. These include interviews with experts about the educational aspects, make-up, and psychology of children’s picture books as well as the significance of children’s book awards and practical advice on publishing rights and licensing.
Little Big Books is rounded out with an introduction that puts current work into the historical context of classic books by the genre’s seminal pioneers.