Rediscover: William the CuriousProlific children's book illustrator Charles Santore died on August 11 at age 84. He was best known for his interpretations of classic children's stories such as Snow White, The Night Before Christmas and Paul Revere's Ride, and for his celebrity portraits on the cover of TV Guide. Santore's honors include the Society of Illustrators' Award of Excellence and the Hamilton King Award. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Brandywine River Museum and many private collections.
In 1985, Santore was asked to illustrate a new edition of Beatrix Potter's Tales of Peter Rabbit by Running Press. The challenge of illustrating an entire book inspired him not only to continue updating children's classics, but also to write his own book. In 1997, he wrote and illustrated William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies, about a brave frog who opens a princess's eyes to the beauty of the natural world. It was last published in 2014 by Applesauce Press ($16.95, 9781604334746).