Back in my college days, I used to work at the NCCIL (the National Center for Chrildren's Illustrated Literature) in Abilene, Tx. I got to run art camps during the Summers and run the weekend art activity days. I LOVED working here. There were so many amazing exhibits featuring famous children's book illustrators. I have a passion for illustration. Especially children's book illustration. One of my deepest aspirations is to be an illustrator for children's books. All this being said, here is one of my most favorite children's books illustrators (and author). Lois Lenski began illustrating in 1920 and illustrated/ wrote over 100 books until she passed away in 1974.