Happy (one day early) birthday to children’s book illustrator Trina Schart Hyman! Born on April 8, 1939, Hyman is known
for her illustrations for classics like Peter
Pan and contemporary works like Star
Mother’s Youngest Child. Hyman also wrote a book for the
Self-Portrait Collection, a series of books written by picturebook artists to
show kids how they came into the art of illustration. Hyman
shares her mother’s literary influence on her from infancy, the red cloak that
helped her become Little Red Riding Hood, and her artistic progression that
culminated in a legacy of illustrated books that the world will cherish for
decades to come.
T. S. (1981). Self-Portrait: Trina
Schart Hyman. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley.
the Children’s Literature Collection, University of South Florida
Oh, I love magic! I always have, ever since I was a child. Between Harry Potter and a creative and superstitious mother, I have been surrounded by tales of magic for decades now. I have so many books about magic, fictional and otherwise. I had such a hard time choosing what books to feature, but I narrowed it down and was so excited to take this picture. These are some of my favorite, not so well-known books about magic. I tried to steer clear of Harry Potter even though I love it haha.
Do you have any good books about magic to recommend to me?
Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around. Many of these books haven’t even had their spines cracked. ‘Why do you buy books you don’t even read?’ our daughter asks us. That’s like asking someone who lives alone why they bought a cat. For company, of course.
He’s been reading the Percy Jackson series for about a month now and he just finished, he walked up to me this morning and said, “So, Addison, what should I read next?” And I told him about the Heroes of Olympus series, and he asked if it had Annabeth in it. I said yes, and he said, “Good. I was really glad when Percy and Annabeth got together. If they didn’t, I probably would have burned down the library.” I think I turned my teacher into a hardcore Percabeth shipper.