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ABCs for Literacy

More than twenty years ago I worked in the children's section of the Half Price Books flagship store in Dallas. It was a wonderful job. I am now a mother to six children, which is wonderful too. I love children's books, especially when they are well illustrated. It was hard to choose from many favorite artists. I could have included Ezra Jack Keats, Elisa Kleven, Alan Lee, Robert McCloskey, Wendell Minor, Patricia Polacco, Alice & Martin Provensen, Juan Wijngaard, David Wisniewski and many more.

A is for Mary Azarian, a Vermont woodcut printmaker and Caldecott medalist. She has illustrated more than fifty books. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

C is for Barbara Cooney, author and illustrator. From the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

Shop Talk | Carle Museum

E is for Ed Emberley. Frog by EE on #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book | | Kiddley

F is for Gyo Fujikawa. From Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: A Child's Garden of Verses #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: A Child's Garden of Verses

H is for Trina Schart Hyman. I have spent many happy hours poring over her detailed drawings. The Art of Narrative #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

K is also for Joe and Beth Krush. I loved their illustrations for the Borrowers when I was growing up. This one is from Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

L is for Robert Lawson. I like the detail and the humor of this illustration from Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

M is for Salley Mavor, fabric relief artist. Birds of Beebe Woods bluejay detail. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

N is for Claire Nivola. This is one of the illustrations in "The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War," by Robin Friedman. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

P is for Marjorie Priceman, whose exuberant and amusing illustrations are so much fun! Children's Atheneum: Illustrator of the Week #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

R is for Ted Rand. This is an original illustration for Mountain Wedding. ZimmerliMuseum, via Flickr #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

S is for Peter Spier. Our family has many well worn books filled with Mr. Spier's detailed drawings. This is from RAIN, shared by Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

T is for Brinton Turkle. This illustration is from his wordless book, Deep in the Forest. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks

W is for Ashley Wolff. I have enjoyed many books illustrated with her wonderful linoleum block prints. This one is from A Year of Birds. #literacymonth @halfpricebooks