Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, March 11, 2011


Ex libris is Latin for "from the library of..." 
Bookplates, also known as "ex-libris", have been placed in books to declare ownership since the 15th Century. Many artists, some famous such as William Hogarth, Aubrey Beardsley and John Piper, have designed bookplates, and many significant people (e.g. Samuel Pepys and Rudyard Kipling) have used them, but a personal bookplate is available to anyone owning a library and wishing to place in the books a printed design as a mark of possession. -from the BOOKPLATE SOCIETY web page.

Did the word 'FREE' get your attention??  Read more HERE about the interesting history of bookplates on the website, MyHomeLibrary.com, which has a large selection of FREE printable children's bookplates in all different sizes.  Some are black and white, some are color.  They are all done by children's book illustrators. You'll find lots of fun designs like these that you are free to download and print!

Bookplate by ALIKI

Bookplate by Helen Craig, illustrator of ANGELINA BALLERINA books
Valerie Greeley bookplate.  You'll love her website & Etsy page!

CLICK HERE to download this free bookplate from Mo Willems!

JAN BRETT also has some printable bookplates HERE on her website...
HEDGIE bookplate, by Jan Brett

Feeling creative?  FAMILY FUN has a fun photo bookplate project you can do with your kids...
And lastly, for a purchased option, you can always look online or at your local craft store to buy ex libris rubber stamps, which you can stamp directly into the book, or onto a sticker, that can then be adhered to the page. But however you choose to personalize your child's library, know that it will be fun! The possibilities are endless...
This one's from Etsy.

1 comment:

  1. awww! I love the Jan Brett one, and of course Angelina Ballerina. But actually, that last one of the Elephant stamp is DARLING!!!