Inside the Studio: Josée Bisaillon

The prolific Josée Bisaillon invited our friends from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre into her studio, where she’s created over 20 picture books and established images for brands and editorial.

Image by Josée Bisaillon:

From the studio of Josee Bisaillon

Charming and thoughtful, we recommend getting to know this incredible illustrator a bit more personally. Take a look here.

“I am London” – New Book from Carlo Stanga

Using his trademark lines and attention to detail, Carlo Stanga breathes life into his images and delivers the energy of the city. How fitting that he was chosen to illustrate the recent title “I am London” – a celebration of the city’s iconic architecture and distinctive character.

Cover image for “I am London,” by Carlo Stanga:


Packed with nuance, humor, and sophistication, “I am London” is guaranteed to suck the viewer in – we like to think of it as a “Where’s Waldo” for buildings.

You can pick up your own copy here, and congratulations, Carlo!

Images by Carlo Stanga:

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Fabulous New York Times Review for Josée Bisaillon!

It seems like we are not alone in swooning over Josée Bisaillon’s adorable children’s book illustrations! We were absolutely tickled to read this wonderful New York Times review of her work for “Mom, Dad, our Books, and Me,” written by Danielle Marcotte.

We were struck and moved by the reviewer’s focus on Josée’s outstanding contributions to the story. Oftentimes, the illustrations are treated as a bit of an afterthought – yet here they were celebrated just as proudly as the strong writing and charming narrative.

Take a look here!


In Need of Inspiration? The Guggenheim Released 109 Free Art Books Online!

Via Openculture:


“Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.

We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes.”

What a wonderful gift the Guggenheim has given us – I’m not sure about you, but I know what rabbit hole I’ll be lost in this weekend!

Dave Calver Recognized By TASCHEN As Top Illustrator!

Dave Calver was thrilled to learn recently that his work has been selected for the prestigious third volume of TASCHEN’s Illustration Now series.

Published out of Germany, TASCHEN curates a fascinating mix of star illustrators like Dave with fresh new talents to be enjoyed by the creative industry, and those with a strong appreciation for expertly crafted visuals. In addition to showcasing a few samples of the selected works, short biographies will also be included to offer a deeper look into the minds of the artists. Dave’s work is sure to be in excellent company when the book is released later this year. Way to go, Dave!

Raul Colón Wins 2009 Sydney Taylor Award for Younger Readers!

The 2009 Sydney Taylor Award for Younger Readers from the Association of Jewish Libraries was awarded to As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward  Freedom, written by  Rich Michelson, illustrated by Raul Colon and published by Alfred A. Knopf.   In her letter to Raul, the President of the Association wrote  that Raul’s illustrations “provide a wonderful subtext to the compelling story. How appropriate that it should be our award winner at a time when America is inaugurating its first Black president! “ The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes the best in Jewish children’s literature. Medals are awarded annually for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Click here to purchase this book at

Mazel Tov, Raul!