Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" 1665). subtle changes of light and focus seems to anticipate photography: some features appear in focus, while others seem out of focus, and objects are depicted with a foreshortening that resembles that seen in photographs.
Where Do Babies Come From? A Sweet and Honest Primer on How Reproduction Works by Illustrator Sophie Blackall
Maria Popova, founder of Brain Pickings, shares her "Best of 2014" picture book list. What I like about this list is that she shares the pages of the books so we can get a better idea of the interest level and reading level for our audience. @brainpicker