Current Exhibition


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. The children’s books on exhibit are some of those featured in the Book Club of California’s 239th publication A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America by author Chris Loker.

This publication is available in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 50 copies and a Standard Edition of 200 copies. More information on this publication can be found at

Publication available Monday, December 2, 2019
Exhibition on view December 2, 2019 – January 13, 2020

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