children's lit

Love-filled illustrations from children’s books:

From The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

From Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

From Love Is by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

From Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

From Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

From When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti

See more love-filled illustrations from children’s books over on our blog.

quoth-the-corvids  asked:

So, I know you really like Peter Pan and I have been reading it recently in my uni lit society. Everyone else thinks it's lovely and brilliant escapism and stuff, but I mostly think it's unnerving. Especially Mr Darling deciding to live in a dog kennel. It's a funny idea but then when you think about how his children have disappeared and he seems to think it's some kind of atonement... It really makes me feel uneasy. I don't see what everyone else is seeing in it and I can't express why to them

Well, it is unnerving. It’s totally unnerving. There’s no reason it can’t be escapist and unnerving at the very same time. Consider Harry Potter. Consider Alice in Wonderland. Consider Narnia. Consider Treasure Island. Consider Coraline. There’s no rule saying something can’t be unsettling just because it’s ostensibly an adventure story for children. Half the reason I love Peter Pan is that it is so deliciously twisted. But I’ve talked about that quite a bit already. Please see this post here and this post here, and you might find some of the answers you’re looking for.

To my children, I will say, “Fill your skin with kindness and find solace in your solitude. It takes bravery to be kind. But to be brave you will need to know how to stand for something even if you are completely alone.”
—  Nikita Gill, Lessons I Will Teach My Children


Sorry for disappearing for over a month there.  The last few weeks have been…pretty crappy.  I think I needed to just bury myself in my work and ignore the world for a bit.  But!  I’m going to start posting again – starting with this witch’s house I meant to paint for Inktober but didn’t get around to in time.  It’s never too late for witches, right?

Character aesthetic: Enoch O’Connor (requested by @fionaandhugh)

That’s what I can do—take the life of one thing and give it to another, either clay like this or something that used to be alive but ain’t anymore.

What the world of tomorrow will be like is greatly dependent on the power of imagination in those who are learning to read today.
—  Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (1907-2002), Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children’s book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, as well as the children’s fantasy novels Mio min Mio, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and The Brothers Lionheart. Lindgren’s works have been translated into over 90 languages, and Pippi Longstocking has been translated into over 60 languages alone!