How could I know so little about Kate Greenaway when her children’s books helped launch the modern picture book? Once upon a time there really were no children’s picture books available. Amongst a pile of books handed down to my children, I recently discovered the bookMarigold Garden by Kate Greenaway. Her name and illustrations were familiar but I needed to find out more. Step back 150 years ago and I would have had a hard time finding a picture book for my children. Of course, there were children’s books but not filled with illustrations like we’re now used to seeing on our kids' booshelves.