Student Author(s)

Hailey Perecki

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Stephanie Milanowski and Dr. Heidi Kraus

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The role of children’s picture books has served as a reprieve for both adults and children from the bombardment of digital technology and visual stimulation in today’s global society. It is the purpose of this study to examine the causes of this respite by examining the aesthetic choices of the illustrator, and the narrative content therein. Furthermore, I will engage with other scholarship related to my topic through the discussion of education. Children’s illustrations are of importance to educators as well as illustrators, and artists. This paper will bring the educational aspect of illustration into the conversation. In order to illustrate this thesis, two children’s books were selected as case studies: Flotsam, written and illustrated by David Wiesner, and A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Each of these books has received the Caldecott Medal, designating them as prime examples of notable children’s book illustrations.


This project was supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts & Humanities at Hope College.