Today, April 16, is the 100th anniversary of the birthday of best loved illustrator Garth Williams.
Generations of children picture their favorite fictional characters as drawn by Mr. Williams: that dapper mouse Stuart Little; the kindhearted spider Charlotte and her friend, Wilbur the pig; and bears, dogs, kittens, crickets, elves, fairies, children and grown-ups in books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Selden, Charlotte Zolotow, Else H. Minarik and many others. Mr. Williams also wrote the text for seven children's books, but it is primarily as an illustrator that his work is cherished.
He believed that books "given, or read, to children can have a profound influence." For that reason, he said, he used his illustrations to try to "awaken something of importance . . . humor, responsibility, respect for others, interest in the world at large." NYTimes, By MEL GUSSOW
Published: May 10, 1996
Give yourself a treat and enjoy sharing one of the many Garth Williams' illustrated books at your library!
And don't forget The Trumpet of the Swan, Emmett's Pig, The Friendly Book, Home for a Bunny, and The Rescuers!