Collect as many examples of imagery for children as possible. Group the illustrations I’ve collected into the target age groups.
My first word book by Joy Wotton, Jenny Tulip
My first touch and feel words book/Jojo’s frist word book by Xavier Deneux
My first book of animals/Alphabet by Alain Gree
These books have adorable characters and are showing the babies starting to learn the basics of life.
Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
This story grew up in the 70’s and most people say it is suitable for all ages. But I think it is best for pre-school(3-5). It’s a truly dreamlike story to read to children.
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child By Author Julia Donaldson , Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
These are suitable to read to children 3-5 years. They are fantastic stories. These books have very appealing characters in exuberant colour and lots of wisdom.
Early reader (5-7)
Many Moons written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
I like this story in clever way with vibrant colourful pictures.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Mary Azarian
I like the illustrator used the exuberant colour-saturated blue and white background to match the colourful characters and building etc.
Established reader (7-9)
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
It’s another exuberant colour-saturated book.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
My husband and I watched this film in the cinema. The recommend said for age 7-9 but I think it is quite good for adults as well.
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
This illustration book with traditional elements in it.
Older age groups
Tintin by Georges Remi
This series of illustration books is my husband’s favourite one. He has got a big pack as collection.
I am going to practice Pre-reader and pre-school(3-5) through the words growing and family. I have chosen the animals kangaroos and birds.
So my brainstorming
And also some sketches to find out some themes with brainstorm.
I think the age 0-2 years old children just started learning basic things so “touch” is the theme of things to give an early connection to.
My pre-reader idea is from mummy and baby clues, because this age is just starting to learn perception. My original idea was to use some fur fabric material (fur or fleece) as a collage to create a part of the kangaroo’s body. Then my illustration can show the 0-2 years old what the animal’s skin is like. But I couldn’t find any of the fabric that was correct for what I wanted to show. Finally I decided use a flowers’ pattern for mummy kangaroo’s pouch. The soft fabric would be just like the baby’s blanket. My illustration shows the baby kangaroo is being spoiled by its mummy, I tried to make them both seem happy and content. I just showed the babies in the world what they like when they were this age. The kindly mummy’s face and one hand is with milk then other one is holding the baby’s hand.
I have used fineliner pens and soft pastels mixed up for this image. I was enjoying working with the new material which I have not used for a while maybe since my childhood. I didn’t scan it because I felt the colours would come off the paper if I put it in the scanner. So next I need to acquire some more skill with using pastel and see how to make the colour correctly stay on the paper. Then I used the photoshop to adjust its brightness and contrast for my final image.
A couple of days ago I was in the kitchen and saw a bird was picking up some dries weeds and branches from my garden. It was picking more and more until couldn’t get any more for its beak and fell out a bit. Then it was very hard to fly back on the tree.
I have been inspired by this. So a story came out from my mind.
It’s a family story for children. I think it suitable for age 3-5 years.
I have drawing the image but I didn’t give any text apart the staves from the little pink baby bird. I may write down a couple of words about the story and put on the pictures.
For my illustrations I used the ‘tough’ faction which is let the baby touch the pouch and to learn basic like things are like mummy’s love and baby’s blanket. My second illustration the children need to learn fly/walk and sing just like the little birds.
I used the bright colours for all the images but some areas have been mixed to dark brown giving a darker effect was because the pastels were smudged by my hands. I should not draw the branches of trees so thick and luxurious because simple and clear pictures will have made the birds emerge.