#RaisingReaders Monday: Guest Helen N. Hill


I’m thrilled to have a guest post for you this week from a lovely new friend I made at NJ SCBWI’s picture book brunch last month. Helen N. Hill is an artist and aspiring author, mother of 2, and all around wonderful person. She kindly agreed to share her thoughts on the magic of illustration with my readers! I thought it especially nice to have an illustrator’s perspective during this, Picture Book Month. Thank you, Helen! 

When I was young, I remember spending hours flipping through the pictures in my favorite books. Beyond just beautiful patterns, colors and textures created by illustrators, I was amazed how the pictures made the characters and setting come alive. I responded to the expressions on their faces, what they wore, the props they used and how other characters reacted to them, etc…

Books like Eloise (words by Kay Thompson pictures by Hilary Knight) resonated…

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