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29/09/2015 12:43 pm  

Mid-Century was a prolific period for furniture and product design but not only. We are currently rediscovering the world of twentieth century graphic designers. Especially children's book illustrators.
Here is an example: The title of this book in French is « Très grand et tout petit » published by Editions des deux coqs. The title in English is « The big little book » publisher: Golden press New York.
It was written by Dorothy Hall Smith and illustrated by Moritz Kennel in 1962 (The year of our birth).

More to come…

If you have children's books with nice illustrations, please feel free to share them in this thread.

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29/09/2015 3:30 pm  

That's a very nice example P&A.
With a four year old boy in the house we have an ever growing collection of childrens books, many of them handed down through the years or found in charity shops.
I'm very fond of the Mid Century books, the illustrations are wonderful, often with a whimsical folksy style which perfectly sets the tone for the narrative of the story.
The current favourite is The Tiger That Came to Tea, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr in 1968.


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29/09/2015 4:03 pm  

Fredun Shapur (of Creative Playthings fame) Round, Round and Square.


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29/09/2015 5:13 pm  

Alexander Girard
Colour



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Robert Leach
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29/09/2015 5:20 pm  

Mary Blair
Peter Pan
(and almost everything else)



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Robert Leach
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29/09/2015 5:24 pm  

The Long Eared Cat (and almost everything by) Olle Eksell



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29/09/2015 6:37 pm  

Alice and Martin Provensen illustrated droves of children's books--amazing modernist illustrations.




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minimoma
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29/09/2015 6:51 pm  

Bruno Munari has quite a selection of children's books. I ususally give them as gifts when I see them at thrift stores.




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29/09/2015 7:00 pm  

I've long been a big fan of anything illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen. They were very prolific illustrators over decades---not just of children's books but also school text books, at least one cookbook, advertising, and other stuff. Some of the books they illustrated are still in print ("Color Kittens" is great). They also worked in different styles over the years.




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29/09/2015 7:02 pm  

There are so many great illustrators...
Jim Flora is another fun one.




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29/09/2015 9:57 pm  

Simply charming!
This was my favorite book as a toddler.
Best,
Aunt Mark




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29/09/2015 10:27 pm  

I know they're not from a book exactly, but they're educational posters from schools in the 50's! I have a set of about twelve ranging from fairy tales to nature....I love them! I'm going to get them framed eventually.



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29/09/2015 11:33 pm  

Stig Lindberg and, of course, Paul Rand




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30/09/2015 3:26 am  

Barbara Walsh and Jamie Wyeth Sammy in the Sky for Candlewick Press qualifies only as a children's book. I enjoy the Wyeth families' work. My copy is signed with an additional illustration. It is good.


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30/09/2015 12:30 pm  

Wow a lot of nice books here!
An oldest one from the 30’s. « Bourru » l’ours brun (the brown bear) text by Lida and illustrations by Rojan. Publisher Flammarion, France.
Fedor Rojankowski, was born in Poland but lived and worked in Paris in the 20’s and 30’s. He is very well known for his children books in the « Albums du Père Castor » collection. But he was also a very eclectic artist. Search his name in Google Image if you want to see his other works (well,...maybe not if you are at your work place).




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