Monday, July 27, 2009

Book It


Let's ignore everything your Mother preached and judge a book by its cover—and illustrations. Specifically, I'm talking children's books.
M. Sasek is a natural shoe-in as my favorite and I'm also partial to P.D. Eastman's whimsical works, but I'd love to know your go-to book for tots solely based on fetching good looks.

[photo via Kat&Kat.]

18 comments:

PetRelocation.com said...

Hey Courtney! We were curious to hear how BD is doing in KL? Any fun pics?

Hope all's well!

Vivi said...

I love those too, but the illustrations by David Small especially in "The Gardner" and "The Library" are sooo beautiful and add to those beautiful stories.

Courtney said...

To my friends at PetRelo!! We are doing fantastic and Burkly is quite the novelty here in KL. When she gets to go on car rides with us, everyone breaks for Burks! Thanks again for making it so easy for her to join us on our Malaysia adventure and we'll email some pics to you and the crew! xx

Lizzie said...

I’m a fan of Fancy Nancy books by Jane O'Conner, I have a redheaded niece that reminds me of Fancy Nancy, and one of my childhood favorites Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird. Both of great illustrations.

Amber Smith said...

M. Sasek's books are wonderful. For illustrations, and story lines, Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen were some of my favorites and now my son's picks too! Also, the Madeline series I still enjoy so much!

Btw, happy birthday, Courtney!

Vanessa said...

I think children's books are the best books! I refuse to get rid of my old ones and love to flip through them every now and then. It makes me so happy :-)

Amanda Thrasher said...

Courtney,
I found you about 6 months ago through Erika Powell's blog. Love reading about yall's over seas adventures. Anyway, re: books--my favorite are my Father in laws--Tim and Sally's VEgetable Garden and Tim and Sally's Beach Adventure
http://www.amazon.com/Sallys-Vegetable-Garden-Grady-Thrasher/dp/1588181316

http://www.amazon.com/Sallys-Beach-Adventure-Grady-Thrasher/dp/1588181618/ref=pd_sim_b_3

beachbungalow8 said...

I love PD eastman too. Robert McColskey might be one of my all time faves.

Two Tall Girls said...

I love illustration- anything by Gyo Fujikawa as well as Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and like Beach Bungalow, Robert McCloskey.

Karyn

Averill said...

I love Tomie dePaola's illustrations. They're just as lovely as the stories that accompany them.

sam said...

little pea and little hoot illustrated by jen corace

Signorina Svizzera said...

These books may not have the most "Stylish" of illustrations, but they are funny, and I find that they can also provide a laugh to the adult who is reading them out-loud...
The BABAR series!! by Jean de Brunhoff (just ignore all the new products and stick to the originals by him)
The Frances Series.. by Russel Hoban
The George and Martha Series....by James Marshall
I also agree with everyone who said Maurice Sendak, and Madeline. I also loved Angelina Ballerina, and the Arthur books by Marc Brown

For older children, I just wrote about how i LOVE the book- "The Ordinary Princess" written and charmingly illustrated by M.M. Kaye

Signorina Svizzera said...

p.s. I don't know if I ever said hello before, and I don't know how I found your blog, but... Hi!

Maryann said...

Ah- a subject I love and can actually talk about!

So many of the classics are classics for good reason like Sendak and Chris Van Allsburg (best known for the Polar Express but also did the super cool Mysteries of Harris Burdick). I'm also partial to Virginia Lee Burton, who once named a Steam Shovel Mary Anne. And Eric Carle- do you know he splatters paint on tissue paper to get the effect in his books like The Grouchy Ladybug?

But my new favorite book is a picture book called Wave, by Suzy Lee. No words, just blue and black ink drawings of a little girl's comic battle with the waves at the beach. Check it out here:
http://www.amazon.com/Wave-Suzy-Lee/dp/081185924X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248880422&sr=1-1

Cupcake deLuxe said...

One of my favorite books my girls received is If My Mom Had Three Arms by Karen Kaufman Orloff. It is very colorful, teaches numbers and that Mom can do so many things all at one time!

Anonymous said...

The illustrations of I Am a Bunny and The Rooster Struts are gorgeous. Both are Richard Scarry.

Big Sis said...

A post after my very own heart! ..Books(sigh)..Illustration(sigh)
...CHILDREN'S BOOKs & ILLUSTRATION!(double sigh!)

So I'll start with the oldies but goodies (I know you remember them too; I think I even manged to keep your little crayoned fists away from these!)
"Owl at Home" Stories & "The Ice Cream Cone Coot & Other Rare Birds" all by Arnold Lobel (author/illustrator of the popular "Frog & Toad" Series)
The amazing illustration in both books is equally matched with fantastic story lines!
Owl's delightful shenanigans:the broken pencil behind the stove that Owl thinks about to make himself sad enough to cry so he can have tear-water tea, the scary lumps beneath the covers that turn out to be Owl's feet, the moon that follows Owl home.
As a child I couldn't get enough of the unique, yet simultaneously eerie & enticing "rare birds;" hybrid creatures that are part bird, part household items. As an adult I still appreciate the beauty of this now rare book (sadly out of print)!

For something new & oh so different, check out Tony DiTerlizzi's "The Spider & the Fly," based on the 1829(!) poem by Mary Howitt. Different?..it's all in greytone (blk, white, silvers) Unique?..His illustrations are inspired by of his love for the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 20's & 30's & of silent film!
And if you need another reason why this oustanding book stands out?...It's the winner of a Caldecott Award for Children's lit!

**YAY SIS! Thanks for this post! I can't wait to check out the other suggestions for must-have additions to Henry's library!

Down Pillow said...

I'm also a big fan of Fancy Nancy! Loved these suggestions- thanks for the post