Pictured Worlds

Masterpieces of Children’s Book Art by 101 Essential Illustrators from Around the World


A lavishly illustrated, large-format reference book highlighting the work of 101 top children’s illustrators


ISBN: 9781419738982 Category:

Leonard S. Marcus


The illustrated children’s book came of age in the 18th century alongside the rising middle-class demand for economic and social advancement. Inspired by philosopher John Locke’s prescient insights into child development, London publisher John Newbery established the first commercial market for illustrated “juveniles” in the West, and the impact of the model he set for books tailored to the interests and capabilities of young readers has spanned the globe, spurring higher literacy rates, cultural enfranchisement, and a better life for generations of children.

Additional information

Weight 2118 g
Dimensions 23.8 x 28.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 30 March 2023
Number of pages 416
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.8 x 28.9 cm
Weight 2118 g


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Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading authorities on children’s books and the people who create them. His award-winning books include Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books, Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, and Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and a commentator on radio and television, Marcus is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lectures about his work across the world. He lives in New York City.