Focus on the Illustrator: Nikki McClure

I am fortunate enough to live in the same region as author and illustrator Nikki McClure. At Crafty Wonderland last winter, I almost met her, but instead was shy and admired her work from a distance. What I really like about McClure’s work is her very unique illustration style, which is created through paper cuts. Though simple in color schemes, this type of work takes a long time and a delicate hand.

One of my favorite books by McClure is Mama, Is It Summer Yet?. Using the world of nature around her, McClure shows the transitioning of spring to summer in a unique way that will delight children.Younger readers and new parents seem to love Awake to Nap, which is all about a baby’s day.

Even though paper cutting is difficult to replicate, attempting to do so will show children just how much work goes into creating her stories. If you haven’t seen any of her work, I highly recommend her.

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