Here at the library, we just LOVE the art in children's books. Well, most of it anyway. There are still some children's books that are illustrated in patronizing and slipshod ways. But the quality children's picture books are full of imaginative and evocative illustrations that would sing to any child. And to parents too.
Thanks to the Internet, it's possible to purchase original children's book art online. Some of it isn't terribly expensive, although the big names are plenty pricey. Every Picture Tells a Story has the art of illustrators like Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells, H. A. Rey, and others.
One of my current new favorite books is Good Boy, Fergus! by one of my favorite children's authors, David Shannon. Full disclosure: this book is about a West Highland White Terrier and I have had a couple very dear Westies in my life. So I'm a bit prejudiced. His art is available at this site but it's a bit more expensive.
Anyone want to be the first to contribute to a fund for artwork for librarians?