the Illustrators

Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows.

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Emily Louise Howard

Emily Louise Howard is the hands, head and heart behind The Diggingest Girl, a printmaking + illustration + crafts studio recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia from Erlanger, KY.

Identifying as an artist from the tender age of seven, Emily studied fine art at the University of Kentucky, receiving a B.F.A. in painting. Emily achieved an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, printmaking, painting and sculpture as part of her Master’s thesis, also earning a Master of Art Education with K-12 licensure. In 2019, Emily became an author for the first time upon the publication of her instructional printmaking book Block Print Magic (Quarto).

Emily lives in a little house in the suburbs of the big city. She runs her business out of her home studio with her cat, Selu, and the occasional helping hand from her husband, David.

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Books in the little histories series

A Little History of Music

A lively, engaging guide to music around the world, from prehistory to the present Human beings have always made music. Music can move us and tell stories of faith, struggle, or love. It is common to all cultures across the world. But how has it change …

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