About Us

Picturing Books has been online since 1999. In 2010 a fee-based companion site was launched called the Picture Book Database.

Picturing Books was created and is maintained by Denise I. Matulka. She has a B.A. in English and Children's Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If she isn't reading picture books, she is probably reading about them.

Information found on this site came from many sources, including publisher, author, and illustrator websites. The principle print sources used include:

  • American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (Macmillan, 1976) by Barbara Bader
  • From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books (HarperCollins, 2010) by Kathleen T. Horning
  • How Picturebooks Work (Garland, 2000) by Maria Nikolajeva and Carole Scott
  • Illustrating Children's Books (Barron's, 2004) by Martin Salisbury
  • Illustrating Children's Books: History, Technique, Production (Watson-Guptill, 1963, 1977) by Henry Clarence Pitz
  • Picture This: How Pictures Work (SeaStar, 2000) by Molly Bang
  • Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books (Watson-Guptill, 1997) by Uri Shulevitz