"Plenty of Things To Do"

"Plenty of Things To Do": The Work of Northwest Children's Author and Illustrator Doris Burn

This online exhibit explores the work and legacy of award-winning twentieth century children's author and illustrator Doris Burn (1923-2011). Burn was a self-taught writer and artist who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests and creativity of a younger audience. Her work has proven beloved across generations, with titles published originally in the 1960s and 1970s now reissued in translation and legacy edition. This exhibit draws on rich collections of Burn’s artwork, manuscripts and family papers donated to Western Washington University from the Burn family. We invite visitors and readers of all ages to consider and enjoy the ways in which Doris Burn’s creative output – forged in the San Juan islands of Northwest Washington – continues to connect and inspire as classic children’s book writing and illustration.