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Children's Books You'll Like Just as Much as Your Kids

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One of the things I’ve loved the most about preparing for the arrival of our baby is collecting children’s books. I’ve loved discovering new-to-me books that have charming story lines as well as delightful illustrations. I want to frame practically every page from some of the reissues from the 50s and 60s. Here are some of my favorites I’ve come across so far.


  • Press Here 1 of 14
    Press Here
    There's an optical illusion on each page of this book that will wow both you and your child.
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  • Miroslav Sasek 2 of 14
    Miroslav Sasek
    This one is part of an entire series of books that discover different cities with great illustrations from the 50s and 60s.
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  • Pigeon 3 of 14
    Pigeon
    The funny story lines and simple illustrations have made Mo Willem's pigeon books a favorite among kids and parents.
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  • Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet 4 of 14
    Paul Thurlby's Alphabet
    A is for awesome! This alphabet book is one of the coolest you'll come across.
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  • An Awesome Book 5 of 14
    An Awesome Book
    Not only are the illustrations so bright and happy in this book, you'll love the message too.
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  • Charley Harpers ABC 6 of 14
    Charley Harpers ABC
    I'm sure you're familiar with the art of Charley Harper and his ABC book is the perfect way to introduce your children to it too.
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  • Zoo 7 of 14
    Zoo
    I've included quite a few reissues here because I'm in love with illustrations from the 50s and 60s. Bruno Munari is an acclaimed artist and after reading this book you'll see why.
    Click here to purchase
  • Seasons 8 of 14
    Seasons
    This book goes through all the seasons with colorful pages and simple words. Even winter looks happy.
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  • Wave 9 of 14
    Wave
    This book has hardly any text, just pretty pencil drawn illustrations. It will make you want to go play in the ocean.
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  • A Long Piece of String 10 of 14
    A Long Piece of String
    The simple black, white and orange illustrations of this book are great for developing eyes.
    Click here to purchase
  • Henri’s Walk to Paris 11 of 14
    Henri's Walk to Paris
  • I Know A Lot of Things 12 of 14
    I Know A Lot of Things
    Another reissue that you and your kids will love for it's graphic illustrations.
    Click here to purchase
  • Sparkle and Spin 13 of 14
    Sparkle and Spin
  • Spoon 14 of 14
    Spoon
    Amy is one of my favorite authors for her quirky ideas. The best part is when the spoons spoon at the end.
    Click here to purchase

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