BEST IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS, because they are from my own childhood - my mom read aloud to us from the books in the set we had growing up. Our volumes didn't have the book covers, so it's doubly fun to see the books with their original covers intact!
The 42 volume set, published between 1957 and 1961 by Nelson Doubleday. Each volume highlighted a mix of classics, original new stories, poetry, and non-fiction from many notable authors. They also showcased art from some of the better know illustrators and artists of that time.
Here are a few favorite illustrations from the books I have:
|Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier|
illustrated by Idellete Bordigoni (from volume #37)
|Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit|
illustrated by Maruice Sendak (from volume #35)
Volume #33 (1960) was full of vintage treasures:
|Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes|
illustrated by Adrienne Adams
|Sophocles the Hyena by Jim Moran|
illustrated by Andy Warhol (yes, you read that correctly)
|A Dime's Worth for Free by Marion Holland|
illustrated by Richard Scarry
Volume #31 (1960) is especially poignant, because of some very collectible art by the late Maurice Sendak that I'll show you in my next post; but I'll end today's with these illustrations by the Petershams...
|The Picnic Basket by Margery Clark|
illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham
Not to be missed: Volumes 1 and 18, with artwork by the D'Aulaires; Volume 20, with Jean de Brunhoff's Babar; Volume 40 has Dorothy and Oz by L. Frank Baum, with illustrations by Richard Scarry; and other volumes throughout the series that include art by Leonard Weisgard, Don Freeman, Paul Galdone, Barbara Cooney, and Peter Spier, to name a few.
Go here for a complete list of the 42 volumes and their author/illustrators.