Illustrators & APA

So, you’ve been asked to write an annotated bibliography for your Early Childhood Curriculum class. There are some fantastic books you want to add to your bibliography and you really want to shout the praises of an illustrator. You’ve just discovered that APA doesn’t seem to care about illustrators like other citation styles do, e.g.,  MLA. What should you do?

Miracle

Solution 1

Remember, APA is a just a way to retrieve a book, and the easiest way to do that is through the author (Sonia Manzano). The best way to manage the illustrator is to write about them (Marjorie Priceman) in your annotation.

Manzano, S. (2015). Miracle on 133rd Street. New York, NY. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

“Marjorie Priceman, the illustrator of this picture book really brings to life the message of the author…”

Solution 2

Or you could do this. If the illustrator’s name is on the cover or title page you can add it next to the author’s (there’s no need to mention the different roles – you’ll be doing that in your annotation anyway). This option is for picture books where the illustrator’s work is very important.

Manzano, S., & Priceman, M. (2015). Miracle on 133rd Street. New York, NY. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

“Marjorie Priceman, the illustrator of this picture book really brings to life the message of the author…”

For more on this topic read APA Style Blog’s post on “How to Cite an Illustrated Book.”

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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