September has already arrived and yesterday was M’s first day back at school, starting a new year. With plenty of planning on my mind I thought today would be a good time to share a round-up of 2012 Calendars featuring art by children’s book illustrators.
The one calendar I’m definitely buying this year is that produced by Carousel magazine, a quarterly publication in the UK dedicated to children’s books.
The calendar includes work by thirteen brilliant illustrators: Helga Bansch, Raymond Briggs, Nick Butterworth, Polly Dunbar, Rebecca Elliott, Sarah Garson, Emily Gravett, Pat Hutchins, Mick Inkpen, Catherine Rayner, Pam Smy, Helen Ward and Brian Wildsmith. It costs £6.95 plus £2.50 postage & packing and all proceeds go to the charity CCAA -Kids with Arthritis. To order a copy fill out the form here.
Or if none of the above tickles your fancy you could try the calendars featuring TinTin, Mairi Hedderwick, Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl, Richard Scarry, Sandra Boynton, Pettson and Findus or even Barbapapa.
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 $12.95 (plus shipping and handling), although if you are a not-for-profit organization and can order a minimum of 25, then the price is $3.50 per calendar.
The 2012 Read to Me! calendar illustrators are Aliki, Siobhan Bell, Suzanne Bloom, Lori McElrath Eslick, Denise Fleming, Debra Frasier, Max Grover, Tad Hills, Annie Kubler, Katrina Morse, Kyra Teis and Iza Trapani. Calendar images will also available as vinyl banners - these would make wonderful decorations in a library, school, or even a play room.
Whilst searching for lovely calendars I’ve also come across one featuring the artwork of Shaun Tan, which is sadly out of date and hugely expensive.
Do you know of any other calendars featuring the art of children’s book illustrators?