Illustrations for Book Lovers

Kristen Twardowski

Though writers paint pictures with words, actual images can enhance books in surprising and poignant ways. As a collector of children’s books and as someone who is very ready for the US election to be over, I thought it would be a good time to enjoy some beautiful things.

With that in mind, here are a few beloved book illustrations. Many of the books are originally in a language other than English, and they can be a bit difficult to track down. I suppose that is all the more reason to make sure that a few more people have the chance to enjoy their splendor.

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Beauty and the Beast by Ji Young Kim (or Yeshil Kim), illustrated by Gabriel Pacheco, Yeowan Media, 2013.

belle-finds-the-castle-by-gabriel-pachecoBelle and Family Wealth.jpgBelle on a Horse.jpgJapanese Fairy Tales, illustrated by Kirill Chelushkin, Drofa, 2002.

Crane by Kirill Cheloushkin.jpgJapanese Fairy Tales by Kirill Chelushkin.jpgAlice in Wonderland, illustrated by Song Gum Jin.

alice-and-the-rabbit-by-song-gum-jinAlice in Wonderland Song Gum Jin.jpgNotre Dame de…

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