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The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2017


What are you going to give, a Coleggtible? Come on. Give art.

Recently updated and expanded for the 2017 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web.

This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments.

(Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who has also posted an excellent list: click here to see it) for her help with this post.)


American Library Association Store

Artists: Ezra Jack Keats, Marla Frazee, Doreen Cronin, and many MANY more

Allen, Rick

Books: Winter Bees, Dark Emperor

Azarian, Mary

Books: Snowflake Bentley, Darwin


Bean, Jonathan

Books: Building Our House, Big Snow

Becker, Aaron

Books: Journey, Quest

Berube, Kate

Books: Hannah and Sugar, My Little Half Moon


Biggs, Brian

Books: Everything Goes, Frank Einstein

Blackall, Sophie

Books: The Baby Tree, The Mighty LaLouche

Bowen, Betsy

Books: Tracks in the Wild, A Wild Neighborhood

Boynton, Sandra

Books: Moo, Baa, La La La, The Going to Bed Book

Brown, Calef

Books: Boy Wonders, We Go Together!


Brown, Peter

Books: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Creepy Carrots


Carle, Eric

Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud

Carlson, Nancy

Books: Sometimes You Barf, First Grade Here I Come!

Castillo, Lauren

Books: Melvin and the Boy, Nana in the City

Charles, Joan

Books: Lost in Lexicon, The Ice Castle

Chrustowski, Rick

Books: Turtle Crossing, Blue Sky Bluebird

Collier, Bryan

Books: Dave the Potter, Rosa


Crittenden, Nina Victor

Books: Chicken Lily


DePaola, Tomie

Books: Strega Nona, Jack

Denos, Julia

Books: Dotty, I Had a Favorite Dress


Faulkner, Matt

Books: Gaijin: American Prisoner of War, Thank You, Sarah

Forshay, Christina

Books: The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare, Goodnight Baseball

Frasier, Debra

Books: On the Day You Were Born


Goodale, E. B.

Books: Upcoming


Greenberg, Melanie Hope


Hawkes, Kevin

Books: Weslandia, Library Lion

Hendrix, John

Books: Shooting at the Stars, John Brown: His Fight for Freedom

Hocking, Deborah

Books: Henry Hoppendower


Holmes, Ekua

Books: Voice of Freedom


Idle, Molly

Books: Flora and the Flamingo, Tea Rex

Ipcar, Dahlov

Books: The Wonderful Egg, I Like Animals


Oliver Jeffers

Books: Stuck, The Incredible Book-Eating Boy


Klassen, Jon

Books: This Is Not My Hat, I Want My Hat Back

Krommes, Beth

Books: Blue on Blue, The House in the Night


Lin, Grace

Books: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky

Leung, Hilary

Books: Ninja, Cowboy, Bear

Live in a Story 

Artists: Arree Chung, Brian Won, Jannie Ho


Scott Magoon

Magoon, Scott

Books: Chopsticks, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

Martin, Emily Winfield

Books: Dream Animals

McGehee, Claudia

Books: A Woodland Counting Book

Minor, Wendell

Books: Sequoia, Galápagos George


Nelson, Kadir

Books: We Are the Ship, Baby Bear

Norton, Maeve

Books: Various covers


OHora, Zachariah

Books: No Fits, Nilson!, Stop Snoring, Bernard!


Gina Perry

Perry, Gina

Books: It’s Great Being a Dad

Pizzoli, Greg

Books: The Watermelon Seed, Number One Sam

Popovici, Danny

Giselle Potter

Potter, Giselle

Books: This Is My Dollhouse, The Boy Who Loved Words


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Sean Qualls

Books: The Case for Loving, Why Am I Me?


Raff, Anna

Books: World Rat Day

Ransome, James

Books: Sky Boys, This is the Rope

Robinson, Christian

Books: Rain!, Last Stop on Market Street

Roman, Dave

Books: Astronaut Academy



Shea, Bob

Books: Ballet Cat, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

Stead, Philip & Erin

Books: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Bear Has a Story to Tell

Stoop, Naoko

Books: Red Knit Cap Girl, Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue

Shadra Strickland

Strickland, Shadra

Books: Bird, White Water


Sur ton mur

Illustrators: Isabelle Arsenault, Matt Forsythe, Elise Gravel & many more

Swarmer, Kristina

Books: Good People Everywhere, The Mitten String


Tavares, Matt

Books: Mudball, Becoming Babe Ruth

Telgemeier, Raina

Books: Smile, Sisters


Van Dusen, Chris

Books: Circus Ship, If I Built a Car


Phoebe Wahl

Wahl, Phoebe

Books: Sonya’s Chickens

White, Lee

Books: Ducks Don’t Wear Socks, Sophie’s Fish

Wohnoutka, Mike

Books: Jack’s House, Moo

Wright, Johanna

Books: Orchestra Pit, Bunnies on Ice


Yoo, Taeeun

Books: Only a Witch Can Fly, The Little Red Fish


Young, Timothy

Books: The Angry Little Puffin, I Hate Picture Books!



Zagarenski, Pamela

Books: Henry & Leo

Zahares, Wade

Books: Pony Island, Lucky Jake

Zollars, Jamie

Books: Not in Room 204, Inside the Slidy Diner

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thank you!

  2. Hi,
    Not sure about the popularity of these illustrators from Quebec in the States (I know that you talked about Elise Gravel at least once…) but Sur ton mur is a great place to find prints and original works:

  3. Might you add me & Sean Qualls to this illustrious list?

  4. Angie Moore says:

    This is a fantastic list! I had no idea that these were out there! Thank you Travis!

  5. Great list! Would love to see Steve Light on the list too.

  6. Steve Light says:

    I would LOVE to be on this list.

    • Travis Jonker says:

      Hi Steve! I’d be happy to add you – I can’t seem to find your shop on your website. If you can leave the link, I’ll add you to the list!

  7. Thanks for including Lee White Illustration! He’s got some more current books out right now, including “Love, Santa” and “Emma And The Whale” : ) Love your website, cheers!