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Calendars with art by children’s book illustrators

Posted on | November 22, 2010 | 10 Comments

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It’s that time of year when I’ve been looking for a new calendar for next year and this year I set myself the challenge of finding one with art from children’s book illustrators. I found some lovely calendars – it’s a shame I only really need one! Just in case you too are looking for a calendar here are my findings:

The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books produces an annual calendar featuring artists exhibited at the Mazza. If you become a supporter of the Mazza Museum, a Mazza Enthusiast, ($25 per annum) you will automatically receive a calendar. It is possible that calendars may be also available for a donation to the museum (without becoming an official supporter) – please contact them if you are interested in this.

The Family Reading Partnership, based in New York, produce an annual calendar full of lovely illustrations donated by picture book artists, all depicting reading actually taking place. Click here to go to the order page. Individuals can order calendars for $9.95, although if you are a not-for-profit organization and can order a minimum of 50, then the price is $2.50 per calendar. Calendar images are also available as vinyl banners - these would make wonderful decorations in a library, school, or even a play room.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has 2 calendars for 2011 for sale – an Alice in Wonderland calendar and Storybook Land “featuring illustrations from classic editions of beloved children’s stories including Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gulliver’s Travels and The Sword in the Stone. Includes artists such as Walter Crane, Margaret Tarrant, Honor Appleton and John R. Neill.” has a series of calendars dedicated to single characters including Curious George, Paddington Bear, Dr. Suess, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables,Roald Dahl, Fancy nancy, Beatrix Potter, Dick and Jane, Suzy’s Zoo and Babar

Graphique de France create some of the calendars also available at, and on their website they also have a Flower fairies 2011 calendar.

Laughing Elephant do an Alice in Wonderland calendar, a vintage children’s book cover calendar, a Land of Oz calendar and the storybook land calendar (the latter is also available from the Carle)

Image: The Canadian Children's Book Centre

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre produces a perpetual calendar featuring 12 Canadian illustrators. A perpetual calendar is best suited for marking annual events such as birthdays, anniversaries and so on.

Image: IBBY Ireland

IBBY Ireland has also produced a lovely perpetual calendar “to showcase some of the best of children’s illustration from each country; Estonia, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

On Amazon I found this calendar featuring the classic Swedish pair, Pettersson and Findus.

Thanks to everybody on the Child Lit list at Rutgers for their help in pulling this list together. I’ve ordered my calendar from The Family Reading Partnership (*Thanks* Annette) – I think their calendar is really fantastic, plus I get to support a great organization at the same time.

Which calendar has caught your eye and do you know of any other calendars which feature art by children’s book illustrators?

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10 Responses to “Calendars with art by children’s book illustrators”

  1. Kate Coombs
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Thanks very much! The annual children’s book illustration calendar I used to order has been discontinued, so I am very happy to learn about these other options.

  2. Sandie Mourão
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Brilliant list, thanks for collating it for us.
    I’ve just bought a beautiful one, published here in Portugal and using illustrations by a Portuguese illustrator, Teresa Lima. It’s in English and in Portuguese.
    And here’s a link to purchase a copy
    I’m buying one for all my friends and family this year, it makes a lovely gift and contributes to a good cause.

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    November 22nd, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

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  4. Mary Ann Scheuer
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    lovely post – thanks so much for sharing!

  5. sandhya
    November 23rd, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    Wow! I was absolutely drooling. I wish these lovelies were available here in India. :(

  6. Zoe
    November 23rd, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    Hi Sandhya,
    Most if not all of these will post internationally – you’ll just need to contact them to check cost of postage.

  7. aquafortis
    November 23rd, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    Zoe, thanks for this! I’m sure one of these will make a great Xmas gift for my nephews. (Or myself!)

  8. Zoe @ Playing by the book
    November 23rd, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Thanks aquafortis, I have to say I’ve bought one as a present to myself!

  9. Susan
    November 28th, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    A little plug for my own calendar available here:
    I generally illustrate books in watercolor, but this calendar was made with a new style :)

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