Charming illustrations to cheer your spring

March 17th is widely celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day but it also happens to be the birthday of notable childrens’ book illustrator Kate Greenaway. Born in London in 1846, she studied art at various schools, such as the Heatherley School of Fine Art, and began her career in watercolors and cards.  She was a contemporary or Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott and good friend to Victorian art critic John Ruskin.

Children’s Poetry Day

The Libraries has some wonderful examples of children’s books, many of which include poems for little ones. This particular late 19th-century item includes illustrations by with pictures by Helen Allingham, Kate Greenaway, Caroline Paterson, and Harry Furniss.

Snow Angels

These wonderful children’s book illustrations make one yearn for snow. They were done by the artist Karl Mühlmeister, about whom very little seems to be known. He is believed to have been born in Hamburg in 1876, and died around 1942-45, location unknown. These simple print illustrations have a charm all their own.

Featuring: Animal life in fact, fancy and fun

As we can see in Animal life in fact, fancy and fun, Giraud was a master at creating colorful animal figures that pop-up and can be viewed from multiple angles when the page is opened.

Miniature Books in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Because of their size, miniature books present special challenges for shelving, preservation, and exhibition, but this fact only adds to their appeal as curiosities and collectibles.

Featuring: One Red Dot

One Red Dot consists of a series of pop-ups in which a red dot is hidden. The bold graphics and intricate sculptural forms truly make this book a portable work of art.

Featuring: Dean’s New Book of Dissolving Views

In Dean’s New Book of Dissolving Views, the scene changes on the page surface as a venetian blind slat mechanism moves into place as the tab is activated.

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