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Jun 24 2009

Vintage Children’s Books

by Nancy M

funniest1There is something so delightfully nostalgic about coming across an old children’s book that I read as a child. Little Golden Books, anybody? Seeing the colorful illustrations that I would pore over as a kid brings back those halcyon childhood days and reading the charming stories reminds me of why I became a children’s librarian in the first place. DeKalb County Public Libraries house thousands of children’s books and there are many hidden treasures just waiting to be rediscovered. Here are some of my favorites:

Frederick (1967) by Leo Lionni


The Giant Jam Sandwich (1973) by John Vernon Lord


Too Many Mittens (1958) by Florence and Louis Slobodkin


The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf


I came across this blog recently, which brought back even more wonderful book memories and helped me to discover some new ones I have never read.

What are your favorite vintage children’s books?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

David Tucker June 25, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Wait! 1967 is vintage??


Nancy M June 25, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Actually, according to many sellers of used children’s books, 1980 is vintage. So that should make you feel even better!

Lesley B June 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I loved Remy Charlip’s “Mother Mother I feel sick, send for the Doctor, quick quick quick.” From 1966 and still in our catalog. Bernard Waber wrote one called “Nobody is Perfick” that my family loved. We still have our Scholastic paperback copy at my parents’ house.

helen presswood June 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I love children’s books,too. I have a 4 year old grandson and we love reading to each other.
There is this one story I read when I was little. I don’t know the name of the book. It was about some little monkeys who played all day long in the sunshine, and every night it would rain they would say that they were going to build them a house the next day. But every day when the sun was shining they played and forgot about the house until it started to rain again each night. No one
seems to have heard or read this
book. Have you?????

Nancy M June 29, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Helen- The only book I know is So Say the Little Monkeys by Nancy Van Laan. However, that book was written in the 90’s. It is based on a Brazilian folktale but I couldn’t find an older version of it.

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