I love children’s books and have a small collection of my childhood favorites and some newer ones (to me) that I discovered as an adult, including some picture books. I love vintage artwork, and some of the best ones are found in old children’s books. A great example of this is found in this Golden Book edition of Selections From a Child’s Garden of Verses:
I discovered it after seeing a photo in the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine – read about it here – in which an artist was featured holding a copy of this book as her inspiration. I immediately looked for a copy of it online and found one on eBay. What attracted me to this book are the beautiful illustrations by Virginia Tiffany, all done in embroidery.
They look very childlike, as if a little girl or boy drew the pictures, and the artist copied them with her thread and needle.
There’s a stanza in one of the verses, “Foreign Lands,” that says:
To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into fairyland,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive.
My favorite lines in the whole book because they sound so enchanting, especially that last one. Given my penchant for playing with stuffed animals, it definitely resonates with me. I could envision a children’s picture book with the title, Where All the Playthings Come Alive. That would make a cool title, I think.
If no one writes it, maybe I’ll have to. Something for my bucket list :0)
Do you have any fond memories of children’s picture books from your childhood? Made any recent discoveries as an adult? Please share in the comments.