Dead Wood? The Forgotten Art of Woodcut Illustrations

Julie Cummins


Is the art of woodcut illustrations in children’s books really dead? Have they been relegated to the trash bin by computer capabilities for creating images? Has digitization usurped the creativity and skill of this hands-on medium? The answer is simple—yes and no.

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Edna Johnson, Evelyn Sickels, Frances Clarke Sayers, Anthology of Children’s Literature, 3rd rev. ed. (Boston: Riverside Press, 1959).

Steve Herb, “Lynd Ward: Graphic Novel Pioneer,” The Horn Book 87, no. 2 (March/April 2011).

Association for Library Service to Children, The Newbery & Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books (Chicago: American Library Association, 2014).



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