While organizing the paperback chapter books in their own bookcase at home the other week, I was looking at the cover art and found five novels by well-known writers whose the publishers commissioned cover illustrations by the best talent. Their children’s books have won multiple Caldecotts, Caldecott Honors, many other awards too numerous to record here. To turn this post into a snowy day COVID pastime, match the artist to his or her cover. If your sharp eye needs some prompting, clues have been are provided… Answers appear at the end. 1. Edward Gorey. Clue: Bad aunts, bad days, mysterious gardens, and trains barreling over the Arctic Circle.
3. Chris Van Allsburg. Clue: One of the first white American illustrators to include black characters into illustrations regularly on principle. Authors illustrated range from Lindgren to Chaucer to J. M. Barrie and partner Barbara Rogasky.
Answers: 1. Chris Van Allsburg 2. Paul Zelinsky 3. Trina Schart Hyman 4. Brian Selznick 5. Edward Gorey