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The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017

Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction.

Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the comments.


Pillowland 1

Pillowland by Laurie Berkner, illustrated by Camille Garoche (Nov. 7)

Little Girl


The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Go to Bed by David Engledow (Oct. 17)

City Mouse

City Mouse 1

City Mouse, Country Mouse by Maggie Rudy (Oct. 24)


Claymates 1

Claymates by Dev Petty, illustrated by Lauren Eldridge (Jun. 20)


Wolfie 1

Little Wood: Wolfie Paints the Town by Sabina Gibson (Oct. 31)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 1

Merry Christmas, Peanut! by Terry Border (Oct. 17)


Maisie 1

A Farm for Maisie by Jennifer Churchman and John Churchman (oct. 3)


Vivian the Dog Moves to the Big City by Mitch Boyer (Oct. 24)



Ollie 1

Ollie & Moon in New York City by Diane Kredensor, illustrated by Mike Meskin (May 23)


Otis 1

Otis the Owl by Mary Holland (February 10)

Ollie in Paris

Ollie in Paris 1

Ollie & Moon in Paris by Diane Kredensor, illustrated by Sandra Kress (May 23)

Old Tracks

Old Tracks 1

Old Tracks, New Tricks by Jessica Petersen (Feb. 20)


Dinosaurs 1

What the Dinosaurs Did at School: Another Messy Adventure by Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma (June 6)


Philomena 1

Philomena’s New Glasses by Brenna Maloney

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Stacy Dillon says:

    I’m with you, Travis. I’m all about anything that comes from Red Nose Studios. Sadly, it doesn’t look like there’s an offering for 2017.

  2. So much fabulousness here. I love that you’re highlighting these special books. The artistry in composing the scenes (from many different mediums), as well as in photographing them so beautifully, is well worth some buzz!

  3. Rachel says:

    Sorry to be late to this, but thanks for creating this great list! I am curious as to why photographic picture books get little award love. These are mostly fiction, but there is some great nonfiction picture books out there. I have been a fan if Nic Bishop’s photos for many years. And I loved last year’s Secret Subway.