Museum Invites the Young and Young-at-Heart to Explore the World of Picture Book Art

Wilmington, DE (February 6, 2019)

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art
March 2–May 12, 2019
Gallery 10: The Anthony N. and Catherine A. Fusco Gallery

From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We invite children and adults to enter the magical world of children’s literature through a stunning collection of more than 100 original illustrations dating from 1879 to 2015. In addition to the illustrations, visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the stories in a storybook nook and play area.

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes features paintings and drawings by beloved British artists Randolph Caldecott, Arthur Rackham, and Kate Greenaway. Luminaries from the modern era include American artists Barbara Cooney, Jerry Pinkney, and Maurice Sendak. Visitors will be delighted by original illustrations from children’s favorites such as Alice in Wonderland, The Pied Piper, Pinocchio, and Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Imaginary characters, talking animals, and fantastical adventures are captured by artists representing eight countries.

This exhibition is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

This exhibition is made possible in Delaware by the Hallie Tybout Exhibit Fund and the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund. Additional support for this exhibition is provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

For more information about Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art, please contact Ti Hall, Manager of Communications and Storytelling, at or 302-351-8558.

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