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A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America

Picture books are a jewel in the crown of children’s literature. They are composed of words, illustrations, and the dramatically paced rhythm of pages turning in the reader’s hand. When these elements come together with creative mastery, a surge of mind or heart can occur, as with any form of fine art. At its most inspirational, a picture book can provide a transporting reading experience—punctuated by shimmering moments of joy—for the children and adults who journey inside its covers.

A Shimmer of Joy is an exciting and colorful presentation of children’s picture books published in – or imported to – America from 1900 to 2015. A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America by Chris Loker, is the Book Club of California’s 239th publication. It was published in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 50 copies and a Standard Edition of 200 copies. Both are on display in the current exhibit.

Chris Loker is the author of children’s books and books about children’s literature. She graduated from Stanford University and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a former member of the board of the Book Club of California, and currently serves on the boards of the Grolier Club, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Bring Me a Book.                                           

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The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution.

In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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