Kids + Teens

8 Illustrations That Prove Children’s Books Are Art

When was the last time you read a children’s book simply for yourself? If you haven’t since you were a child, we highly suggest you give it another shot. When we’re not gifting them, we here at Chronicle Books adore collecting children’s books.

Beautiful art, large pages, and touching words make us feel connected to both our child and aesthete within. The stunners below are from some of our upcoming books this spring, whose words are just as brilliant as their artwork.


Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby


This Bridge Will Not Be Gray By Dave Eggers, Art by Tucker Nichols

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers, art by Tucker Nichols



Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda Urban, illustrated by Hadley Hooper


Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel



Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Emily Hughes


Cycle City by Alison Farrell

Cycle City by Alison Farrell


Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets A Muslim Book of Shapes By Hena Khan, Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini


Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso

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Do you collect children’s books? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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  • Christina Wilsdon January 8, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Bernard Waber’s “Rich Cat, Poor Cat” from way back when! I recall as a little kid being fascinated by the way he drew leaves that looked like shards from a stained-glass window…the multitude of cobblestones in the book…the collage of posters on a wall (though I didn’t know thats what it was back then) that emphasized poor-cat Scat’s loneliness…and all those fire escapes crawling up tenement walls like giant insects! Such a great book.


  • Diana Toledano March 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    I’m looking forward to buying many of these books! I love treehouses, so the book by Carter Higgings and Emily Hughes is specially tempting.


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