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


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

October 01, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Draw Me a Story presents forty original works of art and books highlighting the history and techniques of children’s book illustrators.
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A good children’s illustrated book has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place.  Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration explores bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of forty-one artists who have created works especially for children.

Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California, Draw Me a Story presents both unique works of art and thirteen books in a journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques. Among the award-winning artist/illustrators included in the exhibition are Randolph Caldecott, Jules Feiffer, Kate Greenaway, Sarah Noble Ives, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Chris Van Allsburg.

Most of the art featured in Draw Me a Story was collected by Malcolm Whyte, a San Francisco-based author, publisher, and museum founder. In 1984, Whyte was instrumental in founding the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, an institution dedicated to “fostering and promoting a greater appreciation of cartoon art.” It was this connection that first drew him to the world of children’s book illustration. When he saw a Harrison Cady drawing at a book fair, Whyte thought, “What a wonderful cartoonist!” Fascinated by the artistic and narrative links between cartoonists and children’s book illustrators, Whyte began a five-year collecting quest that eventually resulted in the exhibition Draw Me a Story.

As an adjunct exhibition to Draw Me a Story, The Hyde Collection presents Hyde and Seek: Illustrated Children’s Books from the Permanent Collection. Curated by Hyde associate curator Jayne Stokes, this exhibition, also on view in the Charles R. Wood Gallery, marks the first time these books have been on view. The Inside Story, a dedicated reading space for children and adults, offers a selection of books from the exhibition and many other titles.  

We sincerely thank our sponsors for their support:   

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Draw Me a Story is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Kate Greenaway (British, 1846-1901), Hush-a-Bye, Baby from the book The April Baby's Book of Tunes, 1900, watercolor on paper, 2 3/16 x 4 in., Collection of the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, California.