(1904 - 1987)
Eloise Margaret Wilkin, born Eloise Margaret Burns (March 30, 1904 - October 4, 1987), was an award-winning American illustrator, best known as an illustrator of Little Golden Books. Many of the picture books she illustrated have become classics of American children’s literature. Jane Werner Watson, who edited and wrote hundreds of Golden Books, called Eloise Wilkin “the soul of Little Golden Books”, and Wilkin’s books remain highly collectible. Her watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are known for their glowing depiction of babies, toddlers, and their parents in idyllic rural and domestic settings.