Before Peppa, There Was Olivia

Posted on March 10, 2023

by Sam P

Ian Falconer had quite the artistic resume. His talents included creating sets and costumes for operas and ballet companies around the world and illustrating numerous covers for The New Yorker. But he was perhaps best known as beloved artist and illustrator of the Olivia picture books.

What started as a gift for his niece became a classic among librarians, teachers, and parents alike. In a market saturated with color, the limited palette of Olivia stood out. Falconer won a few awards for the first book including a Caldecott Honor in 2001, but it’s the titular Olivia and her piggy spunk that has made each story a joy to read over the years.

Below, you’ll find some of the Olivia books in our collection and some other titles Ian worked on. If you’d like, cardholders also have access to current and previous editions of The New Yorker via Overdrive, or you can check in with your favorite Library location.

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