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Now that I have a 2 year old, the experience of going to the book store is quite different than the days B.C. (before children). What used to consist of a casual evening of sipping chai tea while browsing through the periodicals, art books, and various how-to-fix-that-old-house tomes while the significant other finds a cozy overstuffed chair now typically takes the form of a somewhat ragged parent chasing the young’un through the kids’ section.

However, I’ve happily discovered that kids’ books are a lot prettier than most of the other things on the other side of the half-wall full of stuffed Clifford dogs. This past week’s venture led me to discover some real gems. Here’s a few that grabbed my attention:

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PUBLISHED ON Feb.06.2004 BY darrel
Colleen’s comment is:

Thanks, I'm always looking for recommendations for my neices and nephews! This Christmas I loved Olive, the Other Reindeer illustrated by J.�Otto�Seibold. Funky illustration and a really unique story. I bought a copy for my niece AND my husband!

On Feb.06.2004 at 11:27 AM
Jason’s comment is:

I'm a big fan of anything by David Christiana. The Drawer in the Drawer, White Nineteens, or A Tooth Fairies Tale have wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations. Good Griselle also presents a unique moral dilema for children.

On Feb.06.2004 at 11:57 AM
priya’s comment is:

i love that ross macdonald alphabet book. the color use is so gorgeous as well as the transluscent quality of some of the type layers.

in fact, we have a promo in the office that he sent out a few years ago. a long wooden ruler with a tag that says "The Editor Corrector" with a great illustrated suggested use of a person thwacking an editor with the ruler. fun funny fun.

On Feb.06.2004 at 12:15 PM
jill’s comment is:

Other fun alphabet books include Bembo's Zoo and Animalia

On Feb.06.2004 at 01:22 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Hey, thanks for the nod, darrel! 'Ppreciate it!

I seem to recall at some point someone figuring that it was likely that the disk would get separated from the book (I think I was wanting to put only a piece of art on the disk, no identification). So that kind of says to me no one was thinking (oops) about reading along in the book to the songs. The "text" type isn't all that readable anyway but Flansburgh would not be denied.

23 fonts on the inside. I think it's 13 on the jacket alone. Best people to work with. More tk.

On Feb.06.2004 at 01:53 PM
marian’s comment is:

I don't have kids, but I have a strong attraction to kids' books. I like to keep my eye on things in the kids book section, and I can't count the number of times I've wanted to buy something I found for myself because the designs or illustrations -- or even the story -- are just so damned compelling.

On Feb.06.2004 at 02:02 PM
Mark’s comment is:

I too have discovered the joys of books for our 1 year old twins. What a great project if you are an illustrator.

I picked up a CD called Dodo la Planete Do which translates to something like Dream Songs and Night Songs - a compliation of world music lullibies. Great CD but what caught me was the Illustrations. There is a 14 page booklet that accompanies the disc with briliant illustrations by Sylvie Bourbonniéte. When copying to my iPod i noticed there a high res PDF file is included with all 14 colourful illustrations as 11x17 posters. I guess this is so you can print out the posters but I was quite surprised they were there. Nice little find.

I've gotten quite nostalgic too and picked up my childhood favorites including Where the Wild things Are and The Giving Tree - great books and amazing illustrations.

On Feb.06.2004 at 02:50 PM
rebecca’s comment is:

There are lots of interesting suggestions in this recent thread on the same topic, although many of the links are already broken. Curse the information rapid-cycle!

On Feb.06.2004 at 02:53 PM
Kristin’s comment is:

For some reason, Yvette Moore's website has triggered the corporate internet warning -- what the heck could be forcing that to happen on a page for a children's book illustrator?

On Feb.06.2004 at 03:30 PM
Nicole’s comment is:

Another fantastic children's book writer/illustrator:

Peter Sis

Read Madlenka! It is the most beautiful children's book of all times.

On Feb.06.2004 at 04:24 PM
M Kingsley’s comment is:

Paul Rand's childrens' books:

I Know A Lot of Things

Sparkle and Spin

Little 1

I tell ya, the guy was a god


On Feb.06.2004 at 05:30 PM
pk’s comment is:

olivia the pig! she rocks!

On Feb.07.2004 at 01:00 PM
chad ridgeway’s comment is:

There are some very very cool children's books out there. Some with very cool art, some with awesome printing techniques, some that you may feel are too precious to touch... It's got to be an exciting industry to be a part of...

But what is really the coolest thing of all, is when you can find a book that really excites the designer blood within you, and captivates your two year-old son, with that same sense of wonder, over and over again.

On Feb.09.2004 at 08:54 AM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

Wow.. out of curiousity I looked for the Rand childrens books at amazon and bn.com.. in the out of print.. wow.. they sell for high amounts.. does anyone by chance have a copy?

Scan some pages... please.. I am so so curious!

On Feb.10.2004 at 11:06 AM
M Kingsley’s comment is:

Scan some pages... please.. I am so so curious!

Sections are reproduced in Steve Heller's monograph.

On Feb.10.2004 at 11:10 AM
Sarah B.’s comment is:


On Feb.10.2004 at 02:42 PM
Anthony Edwards’s comment is:

Coleen, if you liked Olive you should check out J. Otto's Mr. Lunch series (Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride). Funky and uniqueness surrounds his work. My sons love the stories and the illustrations.

On Feb.11.2004 at 10:04 AM