Tag Archives: vintage children’s books

The Little Book Club :: Did you get your Blume?

OK gang…now that we’ve all tricked and treated to our hearts content, let’s get our Blume on! We’ll be reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. We both have our copies….now you need to hit the book store, thrift store, Amazon, the library and grab one for yourself! We’ll be checking in with ya in a few weeks to see how you liked it—or if it was as good as you remembered!!

Alix’s Vintage Bookshelf // Bernice Meyers

Welcome to another edition of Alix’s Vintage Book Shelf! I pour through my collection of vintage children’s books and show off some of my favorites. This week I’m featuring Bernice Meyers.  Oh Bernice! Her work makes me so crazy…but crazy in a good way! She does the sweetest illustrations and for some reason I just loooove how she draws little hands (sounds weird, but just you wait!).

Apparently her early career was in the fashion industry. Eventually she recognized her true calling: children’s book illustration! These illustrations are so charming and delightful. They are from the Golden Book, Pear-Shaped Hill by Irving Leitner published in 1960. The story is sweet but it’s Bernice’s drawings that have me grinning!

See? Look at those little adorable little fingers! I love how daintily she is holding the butterfly net and birdcage.

Peter, you lucky dawg.

The colors and cool textures are so very dreamy…and who can resist this rascally snake??

A little closer please?

Awww those widdle bunnies!!

The animals are all super sweet.

Even the end papers are adorable….check out this groovy guy:

Isn’t the cutest? It’s one of my favorite book in my collection. You can see some of my past favorites here.

I’ll be back later today with a little update on Wolfie’s birthday bash this past weekend. We had a blast!

Kiddo Bookshelf :: The Big Book of 60s Fairytales

Well hello! It’s time for another visit to the Vintage Bookshelf. Today’s is especially appropriate because Dottie and I are Guest Curator’s over on ETSY today! I have to tell ya it was so much fun. We used vintage kid’s books as our inspiration and the collections are really playful, if I do say so myself! Oh and HELLLLLO Etsy peeps, if you found us via our post! We’re so glad to have you stop by!

OK, back to our featured illustrator. I’ve already showed you one of my favorite Art Seiden books (The Romper Room Book of Manners, doncha know) and this one is equally as fabulous—but the characters are a little less “young” in style. Less rounded. A little more classic storybook. Which is very appropriate, seeing as this is a book of fairytales! Take a look:

All aboard the S.S. Fairyland! Incredibly cute….

I’ve always been amused by Puss in Boots (long before Shrek, of course) and this little guy doesn’t disappoint.

The story is integrated into the image, which makes for a lovely experience.

Talk about dainty footies!

So there you have it! Don’t forget to stop by Etsy today to check out the Modern Kiddo Guest Curator column….I have one more post for today, so I’ll see ya’ll this afternoon!


The Most Charming (vintage) Xmas Book Ever.

Since we were just talking about Christmas Pixies earlier this week, I wanted to share with you a new book I recently acquired. I hope you guys will love these illustrations as much as I do!

The drawings are so sweet and lovely….I love the little girls and the amazing owl….but the last one is almost my favorite! So simple. Images are from the book “Christmastime in Pixieland” by Dennis Burley. Illustrations by Felicitas Kuhn. 1970.

Vintage Bookshelf:: Let’s Get Spacey! Vintage Space-Themed Kiddo Books.

Well, Miss Dottie has finally hit the trail and is en route to Comic Con. Of course, I have demanded (in a kind and approachable way, hah) that she tweet her way through the experience—I know she’s going to be very busy working, but I’m crossin’ my fingers that she has some excellent gems to share with us!

In keeping with our Geektastic Space Theme, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some cool spacey kid’s vintage kid’s books and games. HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

image: From This is Cape Kennedy by M. Sasek. From the Collection of Alix

image: from Space Time and Rockets, by Rheta Randolph, illustrated by Jacque Stain, letslookupandsmile

image: wackystuff

image: from Collection of Alix

image: paula wirth

images: crab apple design

image: vintage Arrco “Orbit Play A Way” playing cards,   Ribambelles & Ribambins

images: from Collection of Alix

image: from Russian Children’s Book. 1962. Artist unknown.  letslookupandsmile

Fireball XL-5 was an awesome Space Age TV show from the early 60s that followed the missions of spaceship Fireball XL5, commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. Aww yeah. Steve Zodiac. While the show was long before my time, I fell in love with the theme song back in the 90s when a friend played it for me. It’s so peppy and cute. Apparently it was a top hit in Britain back in the day too. Take a listen below and see if you agree!

“MY heart would be a fireball….a fireball, every time I gaze into your starry eyes!” *sigh* Adorably romantic. You know, for a Sci-Fi, Space-Age TV Show Featuring Dolls. I leave you with one last BONUS IMAGE. From a vintage Star Trek book. LOVE the desig, it’s HOT HOT HOT!