New book celebrates the art of the picturebook

Published: 24 March 2015 at 15:16

100 Great Children

Professor of Illustration selects favourite books from last 100 years

A lavishly designed and produced new book by Professor of Illustration Martin Salisbury takes the form of a personal selection of one hundred picturebooks from around the world over the last one hundred years.

Accompanied by a short essay, each chosen book is featured across a double page spread, lovingly photographed as a physical artefact, to be owned and cherished. The book features a specially commissioned cover design by renowned artist Sara Fanelli, celebrating and embodying the current resurgence of interest in (and sales of) the beautifully designed hardback book - a phenomenon that has emerged in the aftermath of a bottoming-out of adult paperback fiction and Kindle sales.

100 Great Children's Picture Books is published by Laurence King Publishing, and has already been co-editioned to the USA, Spain and South Korea. The book was presented as an exhibit at the Research Through Design Conference at the Microsoft Centre in Cambridge, along with published picturebooks and working rough dummies by two of Professor Salisbury's PhD students (current and former), Becky Palmer and Dr Katherina Manolessou, as part of the presentation 'Engineering the Book'.

There will also be an official launch and signing at Heffers Trinity Street, Cambridge, in April, once the book has been presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

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