Artistic Picture Books — by Guest Mom Rachel Jones

August 10, 2007

When kids are ready to graduate from board books, these ones are great artistic picture books.

Bruno Munari was an incredible italian designer. I’ve had my eyes on his kid’s work for a while. I was excited when they reprinted these in the states! Yeah for us.
For those of you unaware, Paul Rand was one of the greatest graphic design masters of our time. It is great to see that him and his wife had some play time together, creating these youthful books. These two above are the easiest to find, because they just reproduced them. I hope that they will reproduce their other great books as well.

P is for Peanut by Lisa Gelber and Jody Roberts uses famous black and white photos from the Getty collection. It is a marvelous and awe inspiring alpha-photographic book.

The Little Windy series of books by graphic designers Robin Mitchell & Judith Steedman, makes me smile whenever I see them. The quirky little handmade models and 3-D backgrounds are charming, delightful and uber modern.

I adore this book by Sara O’Leary. The storyline is quite nice and it has exceptional illustrations. It won an award for one of the top designed covers in 2005, maybe because it has a cloth spine and feels more like a handmade book — pure genius.

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1 EmilyS August 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I am so glad I found your website! I’m a SAHM with my first child and an interior designer (currently out of commission – tee hee)This is so great to see such wonderful books and to get back in touch with that which we all love!


2 Sara O'Leary February 22, 2008 at 9:42 am

Hi Rachel – I’ve just come across this and wanted to let you know that Robin Mitchell was actually the designer on When You Were Small and th she won an Alcuin Prize for her work.
The Windy, Sunny, And Chinook books that she did with Judith Steedman are really lovely. My son is crazy about them and even made his own book, Rainy.
Robin’s been working this month putting together the design on Where You Came From which is a companion volume to When You Were Small, again illustrated by Julie Morstad.
I’m very lucky to get to work with such good people.
Take care.


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