17 Of The Most Beautifully Illustrated Picture Books In 2015

THERE’S NO “EARTH” WITHOUT “ART.”

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1. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova illustrated by Julie Morstad

Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books

Julie Morstad’s illustrations are detailed in all the right places. Both strong and delicate, they really capture the essence of ballet itself.

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2. The Little Gardner by Emily Hughes

Flying Eye Books
Flying Eye Books

Emily Hughes’s mixed media illustrations in this book are breathtaking. Often full page, with plenty of color, it’s a delicious eyeful!

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3. Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!) by Charles George Esperanza

Sky Pony Press
Sky Pony Press

The colors in Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!) are bright, energetic and SO fun to look at. With graffiti like line work, and perfect brush strokes anyone would enjoy flipping through its pages.

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4. To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

Disney-Hyperion
Disney-Hyperion

Not only is the character design in To the Sea too cute, the artwork as a whole is absolutely beautiful. I mean those perfectly straight rain drops? GORGEOUS DESIGN.

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5. Pool by Jihyeon Lee.

Chronicle Books
Chronicle books

Jihyeon Lee’s style is lovely and whimsical, and her pencil work is unbelievably detailed and delicate. You’ll want to get lost in the pages of this book forever.

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6. The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Kids Can Press
Kids Can Press

I mean, no need to explain, just look at this spread above – ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.

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7. One Word from Sophia illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Yasmeen Ismail’s illustrations capture tons of emotion and energy. Also, the compositions are perfection. A perfect book to admire again and again.

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8. Leo: A Ghost Story illustrated by Christian Robinson

Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books

YES! These illustrations are what’s up. Super funky, retro, and UPA-inspired awesomeness. Introduce your kids to a new angle on a classic look.

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9. The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna

Thames and Hudson Ltd
Thames and Hudson Ltd

Look at that line work! This book is stunning, every bookshelf should have one.

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10. Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl

Tundra Books
Tundra Books

Phoebe Wahl’s stunning mixed medium illustrations will have you looking around the page at every detail for hours.

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11. Lazy Dave illustrated by Jarvis

Harpercollins
Harpercollins

Lazy Dave’s mixed media illustrations are so fun to look at. Jarvis knows how to not over do it – with his simple backgrounds and minimalistic design sense.

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12. Home illustrated by Carson Ellis

Candlewick
Candlewick

The illustrations in Home are the wonderful. Look at those water towers! UGH SO GOOD! A must have.

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13. Beastly Verse by JooHee Yoon

Enchanted Lion Books
Enchanted Lion Books

THE COLORS! Beastly Verse is a feast for the eyes. Not many artists can pull off this many bright colors on one page and make it look this good, but JooHee Yoon sure can.

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14. This is Sadie illustrated by Julie Morstad

Tundra Books
Tundra Books

The painted illustrations in this book are gorgeous. Like, it hurts my eyes when I look at it because it’s so beautiful. The flowers and fields are painted perfection. Let’s hope there’s more books illustrated by Julie Morstad in 2016.

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15. Float

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Grey backgrounds with the pop of a bright yellow raincoat in front? Yes please! Float is visually on point. This book gets an A+ (for “amazing art.”)

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16. Mummy Cat illustrated by Lisa Brown

Clarion
Clarion

The textures in the illustrations for Mummy Cat are notably awesome. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself petting the pages.

17. The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

HMH Books for Young Readers
HMH Books for Young Readers

The whisper? More like the ILLUSTRATION YELL. The art in the book is enchanting.

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