Monday, August 18, 2014

50 Beautiful Books by Christmas

I'm not sure I can pull this off, but after talking with a friend about King Arthur and Robin Hood this morning, I've decided to showcase some of my favourite, beautifully illustrated children's books. These books won't necessarily be easy to come by. Most won't be in print, but I am hoping that seeing them here will bring you joy and make you more tenacious at used book stores and more inquisitive at public libraries. 

First up: The Song of Robin Hood, selected and edited by Anne Malcomson, music arranged by Grace Castagnetta, designed and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1947. Caldecott Honor Book, 1948.

This book is gorgeous in design and illustration and when you have a copy in your hands you just want to touch its pages and then run 10 feet back to see its lines, shapes and flow from a distance. It's stunning right down to its end papers and sheet music.
You can learn a bit about the book here:
And more about illustrator, Burton, here:

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