Children’s Book Illustration: And Its Importance Within Education

Educating children is a goal for every parent and teacher. Being able to bring content, and real life skills to kids is very easy, however, helping them understand the lessons at hand is harder than most would think. However, wonderful illustrations in the books we provide for our youth can help them progress those skills. There are a few ways a simple picture can bring a very broad topic down to a very narrow, easily applied idea.


The biggest obstacle when trying to educate a child is trying to break down a topic into understandable material. As adults, we understand the definitions and how to conduct ourselves properly. When trying to teach a subject such as sharing, great illustrations of children sharing is a great way to explain to the audience, how to share. While it may seem odd, seeing kids their age, doing these actions, it can help them relate more to the story. Also, the pictures provide points where the educator can ask the children what they see, or tell them what is going on. Having these books are a valuable asset to classrooms and homes all over the world, as they are unique tools which can give child a pictorial representation of the lesson that is being taught.

The largest advantage of illustrated children’s books is the fact the artist will focus on specific points throughout the text to help the audience gain the most from the text. Even if a child is unable to read, they can still understand what is going on in the picture. Therefore, these books are great at bridging gaps that may occur in a classroom setting.

When there are hard to grasp concepts like honesty, reliability, and even preventing bullying; a picture accompanying the text will show how to model their actions children. Kids do not want to be lectured by an adult; they are the rule enforcers, therefore, boring. If another kid their age is telling them to do something, it must be fun! Using this mindset to its full advantage, authors and artists alike make characters come to life to help the targeted audience to become more successful, mannerly, citizens.


Keeps Reading Fun

Children tend to get bored with tasks very quickly if it is the same thing over and over. Having interactive illustration on one page and text opposite to it, helps to keep kids entertained. Reading may be a hard topic for many children, so having a picture will help them with harder to work out words. What adults know as “context clues” they see as a picture with a lot going on. As they breakdown the picture, the lesson will start to click as to what the text was saying. As they do this more successfully, their self-esteem will increase, and they will read more.

Knowing how to utilise the tools available can dramatically improve the learning process for children. Educators and parents need to be aware that there is always more that they can do when it comes to educating their children. No one is too old for a picture book; they teach valuable lessons and provide a mental break when reading long pages of text. This is proven in school textbooks; there are thousands of graphs, models, and illustrations in the pages. This is because our brain is multifaceted, we learn in many different ways, the job of illustrators is finding a way to make the message stick with us.

A few of my previous clients

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  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath