One of my favorite children's book writers and illustrators, Marcia Brown, passed away recently at the age of 96. A woman who brought her incredible imagination to life through storytelling.
I remember delighting in Brown's stories and illustrations with my children on our visits to the local library years ago. So many wonderful books full of magic, fantasy and drama. These are elements that I'm always trying to incorporate into my own work. Powerful tools for storytelling! Turning the pages of her books, you can see Brown's love for folklore and classic tales rendered in her signature woodcut prints, gouache, and pen and ink.
During her life Brown won many accolades for her work. She received the Caldecott Medal for three of her books, Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper, Once a Mouse, and Shadow. This award is the American Library Association's highest honor for excellence in children's book illustration. In 1992 she received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime achievement.
Marcia Brown leaves an incredible legacy, including over thirty books, for generations of children and adults to laugh and exclaim over and enjoy.