Today is International Women’s Day, and we’d like to celebrate by shining a spotlight on some of the talented women who illustrate books for kids and teens.
The tweets you see below are from the #womeninillustration conversation on Twitter, in which picture book lovers, authors, readers, and illustration aficionados (including our own book buyer!) are showcasing the work of women who illustrate children’s books. You’ll find books by these women and other fantastic #womeninillustration on the First Book Marketplace!
I’m joining @AlisonLMorris & @citymousedc to post daily #womeninillustration tweets after @ChristineTB’s #kidlitwomen post about the Caldecott gender gap.
I love this picture book and everything else I’ve seen from @JessixaBagley pic.twitter.com/iSGGarZqHp
— Megan Dowd Lambert (@MDowdLambert) March 3, 2018
It's day 4 of #kidlitwomen #womeninillustration! I love these 3 by @KRoyStudio whose spell-binding illuminations of complex nonfiction topics bring science within reach for all readers. Otis & Will Discover the Deep by @barbrosenstock will knock your socks off – coming in June! pic.twitter.com/MPbQlvtRrb
— Alison L. Morris (@AlisonLMorris) March 4, 2018
Day 7: I want to shine a #kidlitwomen #womeninillustration spotlight on Meilo So. Her mastery of watercolor brings light and movement to every page she paints. The 2 interiors shown here from Water Rolls, Water Rises by @patmora_author are perfect examples. pic.twitter.com/Qw0rNqYccp
— Alison L. Morris (@AlisonLMorris) March 7, 2018
It’s #InternationalWomenDay2018 and I’m celebrating @elizabetvukovic – illustrator of strong, spunky, wonderful girls like those in Jasmine Toguchi, I Wanna Be A Cowgirl, and our upcoming Be A Maker with Carolrhoda Books! #KidLitWomen #WomeninIllustration pic.twitter.com/1cR01LXMrZ
— Katey Howes (@Kateywrites) March 8, 2018
I am a huge fan of Mae Besom’s illustrations! Gorgeous! #womeninillustration #maebesom pic.twitter.com/TkTl7PCwlM
— Jessica Walsh (@storiestoldinsf) March 8, 2018
Tipping my hat to the creative and hilarious @mariswicks for my 16th spotlight on #kidlitwomen #womeninillustration. Maris converts weighty science concepts into funny, clever comics, and her drawings ooze personality. She's FULL of energy & ideas, and it shows in her work! pic.twitter.com/IaeY0jsUzD
— Alison L. Morris (@AlisonLMorris) March 19, 2018
Shoutout today for the awesomely emotional, detailed and charming @Steph_Graegin. She did my book Water in the Park and Little Fox (below) is a gem. #womeninillustration #KidLitWomen pic.twitter.com/YJgdG52RyA
— E. Lockhart (@elockhart) March 15, 2018
My day 13 pick for #womeninillustration is @pacylin, because she wows me. Her talent & versatility as an artist & writer enable her to create engaging, empowering books for all ages. I'm also grateful she & @KarenBlu have made #kidlitwomen into an important moment + movement.❤️ pic.twitter.com/WYhBrBsldm
— Alison L. Morris (@AlisonLMorris) March 14, 2018
It's Day 11 of #kidlitwomen & #womeninillustration, and I'm wildly in love with Jabari Jumps by @GaiaCC. This exuberant book gets better with each reading and I predict it will live on to become a kidlit classic. I'm thrilled that so many families & kids are discovering it! pic.twitter.com/r0h44OWKbm
— Alison L. Morris (@AlisonLMorris) March 12, 2018
If you’re looking for books that exhibit the talents of female illustrators, follow along with the #womeninillustration conversation on Twitter.
If you’re an educator serving children in need and want to inspire the young artists you serve, be sure check the First Book Marketplace for the wonderful title recommendations you find!