P is for Picture Book: Imagination through Illustration. Highlights from the Roger and Marlene Peattie Picture Book Collection
Part of a 2013 donation by Roger and Marlene Peattie to Memorial University Libraries, the Peattie Picture Book Collection encompasses a collection of 1250 titles, which contains the work of roughly 400 prominent children's book illustrators such as Ezra Jack Keats, Eric Carle, Jean de Brunhoff, Helen Oxenbury, Maurice Sendak, Virginia Lee Burton and many others. The collection also contains rare or unusual items such as a first edition of AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and David Hockney's Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (1970). Selected rare children's materials from the Peattie 2000 donation, includes Randolph Caldecott's toy books (1878-1885), and a few titles from famed English picture book illustrators, Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane.
An exhibition of selected books from the collections mentioned above was held at the Queen Elizabeth II Library and the A.C. Hunter Public Library during Summer 2016.
The exhibition promoted early literacy, art appreciation and the importance of libraries - both private and public. This exhibition, and its accompanying panel discussion*, brought together various areas of expertise: children's public libraries, children's book selling, publishing and academia. The Peattie Picture Book Collection is a valuable resource that is promoted among instructors of children's literature and early childhood educators, in addition to the general public, especially the young, and anyone interested in book culture.
* A panel discussion on The Impact of Picture Books on Children's Lives was hosted by Education Librarian, Beth Maddigan, on June 22, 2016, and featured four of the listed collaborators.