What Do You See? International Perspectives on Children’s Book Illustration
Editor: Jennifer Harding and Pat Pinsent
Date Of Publication: Oct 2008
This extensively illustrated book is a collection of the papers given at the 2007 annual conference of the British section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) MA course, Roehampton University London. It reflects the convictions of the editors and the participants that picture books and other illustrated texts for children are vitally important as substance for academic debate, and that people in the English speaking world are far too often ignorant of the wealth of literary and artistic material deriving from other cultures and traditions.
The papers explore the diversity of modern children's book illustration and consider its potential as a space for cultural dialogue and exchange. They also look at ways in which illustrations are themselves histories of art and style, arising from cultural tradition, and the extent to which they enable us to traverse boundaries and dissolve barriers.
The sections into which this volume is divided to some extent represent different areas of debate: the work of illustrators from Europe and from the rest of the world, and the response to such books by their youthful primary audience. Attention is also paid to some of the new talent in the area of children's book illustration. While it would be impossible for any book to convey the richness of the visual experience of the conference, we hope that the illustrations may go some way towards recreating it.
Pat Pinsent was Principal Lecturer in English and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the NCRCL. Her published books include The Power of the
Page: Children's Books and Their Readers (1993), Children's Literature and the Politics of Equality (1997) and a collection of studies of neglected twentieth-century children's authors (2006), together with many edited compilations of the proceedings of the annual IBBY/NCRCL MA conferences. She has published numerous articles on children's literature and one of her main current preoccupations is the diverse ways in which children's literature is developing. She edits The Journal of Children's Literature Studies and IBBYLink.
Jennifer Harding is a freelance editor and indexer with a regular clientele ranging from children's literature to politics and mathematics. Formerly a lecturer in further education for seventeen years, she followed this with fifteen years with a well-known educational publisher as an in-house editor.
She is Associate Editor of IBBYLink and also a member of the Children's Book History Society.
‘…there is much here to be savoured’
Elizabeth Hammill- Co-founder of Seven Stories, Childrens Books History Society Newsletter No.96- May 2010
‘From Sweden to South Africa, from Australia to Cyprus- the range of countries covered in this collection of 22 essays on piture books is astonishing. ‘What do you see?' Provides a fascinating multi-facetted insight into picture books worldwide.’
Evamaria Zettl- University of Education, Thurgau
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