I am a huge fan of children’s picture books, and even in this age of technology, I still think picture books will always be around. I just can’t imagine a child not being able to see the front cover of a book, run up to it and grab it to read it. How else will you know what book your child wants to read if they can’t point to it and get it?
Covers of picture books are beautiful. I love shelving that actually shows the front cover, not just the spine of a picture book. This shelving unit is my latest project. Its an old magazine brochure. I took off the back, let Lola choose the colour (surprise, surprise it’s pink) and now the kids can see the books they want and it looks fantastic as covers are like little works of art!
This leads me to my collection today- Dick Bruna’s picture books. What delicious colours he uses with his simple pictures. How could anyone resist Miffy? Dick is 85 years old and has published 120 picture books. He has had an interesting childhood, hiding from the war in a lake side cottage in the Netherlands, drawing constantly. School wasn’t for him, so his father allowed him to leave as long as he worked for him in his publishing firm. However his mind just wasn’t into it. Thankfully as he has such talent with his art.
Imagine a wall of his books like the one pictured here in his Dick Bruna house in Central Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Alas I only have several of his books but always have my eyes peeled for more. Happy collecting people.