I knew I wanted to be an illustrator since my second year in art school. I was obsessed with children’s book and bought one almost once a week for inspiration. I loved (and still do) the textured illustrations: made with fabrics, cardboard, threads, papers…less traditional illustrations, less childish but still children books.
So at my parent’s house in France, my bedroom’s closet is full of illustrated books that I wish I had here so I can read them to Lula. I think that would be the first time I actually read them, I only looked at the images!
So I try every time I go back to France to put 2 or 3 in my luggage so I can build a fun little library here, and a mix of french and english books. Also, Lula’s new nanny speaks spanish with her so I’d love to find some spanish ones as well!
It is so fun to now read those books to Lula, they have a new meaning. At the time I bought those books I was dreaming about becoming an illustrator, and here I am 8 years later, reading the books who inspired my career to my daughter and finally be an illustrator myself (something that I doubted so many times, as it is really difficult to become successful in this field and it takes a lot of time to find your own style and build a portfolio). Maybe in a few years, I’ll read Lula one of my books! Who knows…
I also got her some of my favorite french books as a kid like the Martine series and Babar’s.
In these photos I am reading La Maison de Lulu illustrated by Delphine Durand. Lula loves it! Pop up are so fun!
What are your favorite children books? Any suggestions for me to read to Lula?