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Reads tagged with “illustration”

Crescendo: A Watercolor Ode to the Science, Strangeness, and Splendor of Pregnancy
Crescendo: A Watercolor Ode to the Science, Strangeness, and Splendor of Pregnancy

From sesame seed to selfhood, a lyrical serenade to the astonishing process by which we all enter the world.

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Emblem of My Work: Artists Reimagine Laurence Sterne’s Iconic Marbled Page
Emblem of My Work: Artists Reimagine Laurence Sterne’s Iconic Marbled Page

A vibrant celebration of the imagination at the intersection of unpredictability and creative constraint.

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Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles
Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles

The exoskeletal strangeness and splendor of creatures almost entirely unlike us yet thoroughly of this shared world.

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A 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor on How Books Save Lives
A 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor on How Books Save Lives

“There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive.”

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An Illustrated Celebration of How Books Touch and Transform Us
An Illustrated Celebration of How Books Touch and Transform Us

Bibliophilic delight from Sophie Blackall, Shaun Tan, Olivier Tallec, and other beloved artists, benefiting public libraries.

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Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon: A Lyrical Illustrated Meditation on Loneliness, Otherness, and the Joy of Finding One’s Community
Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon: A Lyrical Illustrated Meditation on Loneliness, Otherness, and the Joy of Finding One’s Community

“You can be far away inside, and far away outside.”

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Jane Goodall’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Reading Shaped Her Life
Jane Goodall’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Reading Shaped Her Life

How a public library and a messy second-hand bookshop helped a small girl with no money and big dreams change the face of science.

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The Loveliest Children’s Books of 2018
The Loveliest Children’s Books of 2018

A “new” Maurice Sendak treasure, James Baldwin’s only children’s book, a celebration of history’s heroic women illustrated by Maira Kalman, a stunning serenade to the wilderness, and more.

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An Illustrated Celebration of the Rebels, Visionaries, and Fiercely Courageous World-Changers Who Won Women Political Power
An Illustrated Celebration of the Rebels, Visionaries, and Fiercely Courageous World-Changers Who Won Women Political Power

150 years of culture-shifting bravery, tenacity, and visionary insurgence to inspire the next generation of leaders.

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George Sand’s Only Children’s Book: A Touching Parable of Choosing Kindness and Generosity Over Cynicism and Greed, with Stunning Illustrations by Russian Artist Gennady Spirin
George Sand’s Only Children’s Book: A Touching Parable of Choosing Kindness and Generosity Over Cynicism and Greed, with Stunning Illustrations by Russian Artist Gennady Spirin

“It is written in the book of destiny that any mortal who dedicates himself to doing good must risk everything, including life itself.”

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