There's just something about vintage children's books that brighten my day. The innocence of the children in the drawings and the bright colors used in the books make me smile.
Here are a few of the children's books in my collection.
Not Quite Three written by Helen Wolf and illustrated by Martha Castagnoli. Copyright 1954 Whitman Publishing Company.
Sorry to say there is no real story here, but is basically a bunch of one or two page stories about some kids that are almost three years old.
They talk about having a picnic,
going to Grandma's and Grandpa's,
playing dress up at a tea party
and what their third birthday party will be like.
This book is Christopher John's Fuzzy Blanket written by Dorothy Haas and illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship. Copyright 1959 Whitman Publishing Company.
It is a story about a boy that has lots and lots of toys,
but his favorite thing to play with is his blanket.
The thing that fascinated me about this book as a kid was that his blanket was fuzzy. The book actually had fuzzy stuff on the drawing of the blanket! How cool is that!
Peter Pat and The Policeman written by Catherine Stahlmann and illustrated by Dorothy Grider. Copyright 1958 Rand McNally & Company.
It is the story about a five year old boy who thinks since he is old enough to go to Kindergarten that he is old enough to explore his neighborhood all by himself.
And of course, that doesn't end up well and he eventually gets lost.
But Mr. Policeman helps Peter Pat get back home.
Don't you wish we still lived in the innocent world depicted in these books? Then again, maybe it never really was that way.
I guess during the 50's and 60's you had to deal with the threat of nuclear war, underground shelters and duck and cover drills.
And then in the 30's and 40's you had Hitler and WWII, so yeah, maybe it wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.
But I so love the illustrations!
If you like this type of thing, I have a few other vintage illustration printables for you - Vintage Dog Illustrations and Vintage Animal Illustrations
Pam, I adore your books. I think it's the colors that make them so wonderful...bright without being garish!
It was a simpler time...maybe not perfect, but slower paced. Having been a child in the '50s, I can say for me I was allowed to be a little girl...nothing more.
Beautiful post.Vintage childrens books are so sweet!
I love these books and the illustrations are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing these. I just love the first one, such a great reminder that you don't need a Wii to have fun!
Blessedmom's Simple Home
I love vintage childrens books. The graphics are wonderful!
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HI Pam, these really are sweet! Love children's books because they've always been a ritual for bedtime where they teach a great lesson and bring a bonding. I've always enjoyed them, no matter what the decade...or century, thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
I wish I had kept all of my books from eons ago. I loved reading and still do, but those Little Golden Books of mine were so special to me. Dang, why don't we think to keep things? I've seen them for sale, but at such a pretty price~ I guess I will just hold my memories in my heart...
Pam what a delight to find your blog and spend some time looking at these sweet images from a time when things were much simpler! Ah the good old days! Thanks for sharing them with us...I will be back for more vintage fun!
I liked that! Reminded me of the illustrations in the old readers. I think it was a simpler time. Even though the threats existed, ( I remember air raid drills in school) we weren't bombarded with the news 24/7!
How do you get such great pics of your book pages? I would like to share some of mine, but cannot figure out how.
thanks and blessings
How fun to find others who enjoy old children's books and to stumble upon your blog. Soon I will share some of mine on a nestonfeatherlane.com. Please stop by. Cheryl
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What great books! I have a small collection from when I was little, 50+ years ago and a children's book given to my mother in 1934 called 'The Little Would-Nots.' It's my favorite! Just found your blog thru Common Ground and love it! I'm becoming a follower.
Heather - New House New Home
Boy that brings back memories of Kindergarten and Grade 1!!
I remember seeing a version of the Dick and Jane books with black children in it instead of white children. I remember thinking why couldn't they put ALL the children in one book instead of using separate books, one for blacks one for whites.
love these books. Times may not have been as simple as they appeard but, for a moment we can at least pretend.
My grandson bought me a vintage copy of Frosty the Snowman and I felt like he gave me a million dollars !!
Gail in Davenport
Any chance you might know where I can find images of a 1950's (or earlier) 4-page stitched, washable baby book that featured basic items like a ball and a doll? I am working on a "Storyworks" autobiography and I would like to reference this. Thanks!