Friday, March 20, 2009

Leo Lionni

I love the fact that so many classic children's picture books from the 50's and 60's are being re-issued for a whole new generation of children (and designers!) to enjoy.
Leo Lionni is a fine example of an author and illustrator whose work is now enjoying a resurgence of interest. Lionni (1910-1999) wrote and illustrated more than 40 children's books from 1959 onwards, including Swimmy, Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and An Extraordinary Egg. He was a four-time Caldecott Honor winner and recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal.
Tico and the Golden Wings (1964) is one of my favourite Lionni titles, and is illustrated in a wonderful dot and stroke painterly effect. Learn more about Lionni's picture books at the Random House Kids website.

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