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Methodology

Our research methods include the content analysis of primary source documents, visual analysis of illustrations, historical analysis, and the interpretation of surveys and interviews. In phase one of the research, we compiled extensive bibliographies of Canadian children's illustrated books published between 1825 and 2005. In phase two, we examined a wide range of early and rare children books and archival documents in the collections of Library and Archives Canada, McGill University’s Rare Books and Special Collection Division, the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at the Toronto Public Library, and the Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children’s Literature and the Canadiana Collections in Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of British Columbia Library. We documented artists' media and techniques, conducted over 136 interviews.

 

 
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We interviewed Canadian authors and illustrators of award-winning and short-listed children's illustrated books, Canadian children's literature scholars, librarians, editors, book designers, and publishers. These interviews form a rich source of evidence for the particular ways in which individual artistic and literary vision is realized in children's picturebooks, and for the historical development and current state of children's book publishing in Canada.