Art for Art's Sake

  • Margot Beggs


Armed with a degree in English, I came to the field of children's literature more equipped to comment on text than illustration. Over the past few years, however, I have been studying art history at the University of Toronto. This experience has led me to believe that we need to examine the work of picture book illustrators as deeply as we do the work of the writers. The following is one of a series of articles I have written to help others better "read" picture book illustrations.

Author Biography

Margot Beggs
Mavid Beagley is Lecturer in Children's Literature and Literacy at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus, Victoria, Australia, where he teaches units in Genres, History, Australian and Post-colonial children's literature. He has previously taught in secondary schools, and has been a school and university librarian.
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