Monday, February 6, 2012

Thinking About...Illustrations in Children's Books

We've got books all over our house (book storage for another post). The pages get flipped so quickly these days, but that doesn't mean that the images don't stick with me for a while. Do you have books from your childhood where you can still envision the illustrations in your mind? I have a few that are still quite vivid, but the illustrations below are a few of my favorites in our current inventory.

The Little Red Caboose

I think it would be fun to frame a few of these for a vintage vibe in a nursery. I remember my Mom saying that Golden Books used to be a quarter or something like that, and now they're up to about $3.00. It's still a fairly inexpensive way to personalize your nursery or playroom. Pick a few of your favorites as a child and you've got quick and easy artwork.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You can find TVHC bedding and accessories at Pottery Barn Kids. I don't know that I'd go so literal in a child's room, but the artwork still has so many fun colors to play around with. Eric Carle is a favorite in our house and I'm always so impressed by the way he layers to create texture in his illustrations.

The Very Quiet Cricket

I love this bumblebee and flower. This book is on Sheila's favorite list right now.


I can't get enough Jamberry. I love the colors and the cute illustrations.

What types of books do you go to for color inspiration? 


  1. I love this idea. I need to add something to the walls in my boys' room. This is the perfect idea. I would need to find something a little older because the would likely throw a fit if I framed pages of a "baby book".

  2. Before I even scrolled down your first paragraph made me think of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! What a cute book!

  3. Jamberry was one of our favorites years ago and I have held on to it because of the memories and the illustrations. I use National Geographic often and for kids rooms, of course, kids' books.

  4. Hi Holly-

    I LOVE The Little Red Caboose.It is my favorite because of the illustrations. They really stuck with me my entire life. VIVID is the perfect word. I have a copy displayed in my office because it just makes me smile when ever I see it. I know it by heart and so do my daughters. We even use lines from the book every now and then, like when some one is behind or not keeping up - we say ...and the little red caboose always came last.
    I think your idea to frame some of the pages or cover is a great idea and would add lots of happy color to a space.

    My best- Diane

  5. Holly, any of those would be great framed! I guess I'd never noticed the wonderful color inspiration in children's books - great idea for inexpensive art!

  6. That is a good idea to frame pages...just hate to take a book apart....hate to be a duplicate gift.

  7. This is such a great idea - I do remember some of my favorites. I had a Christmas book that was falling apart, but I loved it so much. So when my daughter was little I rescued and revived it as well as I could. Some of these memories just keep on going... but I never thought to turn the pages into art! Seriously, this is such a great idea!!!

  8. I had a photographer friend photograph my favourite childhood books so I could frame it and remember them all the time. I love reminiscing with my kids about books we read together when they were younger. It's so precious to hear what they remember!

  9. We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar ... so much so that it was the theme for their third birthday party. We had all the food, but some not quite as literally. ;-) I haven't seen the cricket one, but we also love The Very Busy Spider. You are so right - the colors are fantastic!

  10. I know! Children's book illustrations would make great framed art for a nursery. Imagine them blown up to poster size! That would be so cool.

  11. What a fun idea. I have also seen vintage flash cards framed and grouped en masse, another inexpensive idea for wall art that your neighbor won't have in her house.

  12. I did this in Holden's original nursery with Where The Wild Things Are, but just the sweet illustrations of max in a boat, etc.. I tried taking the book to Kinkos to make the images the right size for frames but there were copyright issues, so that didn't work. Thankfully I was able to scan them and print them off from our computer. There were one of my favorite pieces to his room! Your books are perfect for this! Looking forward to seeing what you do.