I've always loved children's books and cartoons. I think my mind is subconsciously trying to balance out all the horror movies and books I like.
Reading books with my kids has had a great influence on my art style. Reading, writing, drawing, and making up stories with my daughter is pure joy. My boy is beginning to show a love for books as well. I believe that sharing simple creative moments is the key to a happy life.
Here are some of our favorite books:
from That's Good! That's Bad!
by Margery Cuyler and David Catrow
The good and bad things that happen to a boy who is carried away from the zoo by a shiny red balloon. Great illustrations with a unique animal style.
by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
All the girls in Pinkalicious' class like the color black. Pinkalicious tries to hide her love for the color pink. With the help of a new girl, Pinkalicious learns to just be herself. We also like the Kann's other books, Pinkalicious and Goldalicious.
from What Pet To Get
by Emma Dodd
A boy weighs the pros and cons of having various animals as pets. This one is pretty funny and has some cool illustrations.
by Alison Mcghee and Peter H. Reynolds.
This simple book follows the milestones of a girl's life from birth to old age. At the risk of sounding like a big softie, I admit this book has choked me up a time or two (or every time I've read it).
from Olivia Forms A Band
by Ian Falconer
And of course, we love the Olivia books. It is a fun series and Olivia is a great original character.
I spent years admiring the creators of children's books. Someday I hope to have many books of my own.