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Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

September 12, 2012

Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration

On view, San Francisco Main Library Skylight Gallery, Sept. 15-Dec. 2, 2012

cover imageA good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV. Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration explores 100 years of bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of 41 artists who created works especially for children.  The exhibition opens Sept. 15 and will be on view through Dec. 2 in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, Draw Me a Story presents 41 original works of art and 12 books in a thematic and nostalgic trip through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques. The exhibition starts with artists Ralph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway—two of the most popular illustrators of the late 19th century, both of whom now have children’s literary awards named after them – and includes 20th century artists innovators like W.W. Denslow, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg.

Related Programs:

Author and Illustrator Dan San Souci – Opening event featuring the author of The Christmas Ark, Clubhouse Book, and Capitol Kitty. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.

Sept. 16, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 2 p.m.

Picturing Alice –The Lewis Carroll Society’s Mark Burstein discusses Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the many artistic interpretations of this book. With book sale by Readers Books.

Oct. 25, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 6:30 p.m.

Note to Editors: More images available upon request