Monday, November 19, 2012

Vintage Kids books I Love!

I have quite an extensive collection of children's books both new and vintage. I'm a kindergarten teacher and mother of two small children so many of the books I collect are picture books. I have kept many of my childhood books but there is one book I will forever cherish. It's written and illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa"Oh, What a Busy Day!" This book was a gift from my Australian grandparents back in the late 70s! I have very few memories of my grandparents seeing as they lived on the other side of the world! I met my grandmother twice~ once as a newborn (have no memory of this!) then later as an adult before she passed. Many of her gifts to me were picture books. 
As you can see it's well read!
What draws me to Gyo Fujikawa's illustrations are the sweet,round faced children. They all have bright eyes and rosey, red cheeks! 
"Happiness is a gooey mud puddle!" ~Fujikawa
Recently while thrifting, I found 2 more Gyo Fujikawa's children's books. Her signature is so distinct I can spot them a mile away! I found these two hard covered books that she illustrated; "Mother Goose" and "Fairy Tales and Fables." I paid 99 cents a piece at Sally Ann. 
My Gyo Fujikawa vintage book collection!
I have selected a few illustrations to share...
Jack and Jill
Old King Cole
The Cat and the Fiddle
Fujikawa's illustrations are so captivating and spark young imaginations. While thrifting, if you spot one of her books I recommend picking it up. These are the kinds of books that stand the test of time. 

What vintage kids books have you thrifted recently?

Hope to see you over at A Living Space for this week's Nifty Thrifty

Until we thrift again...


  1. I purchased a copy of my favourite childhood picture book. "The Easter Egg Artists" by Adrienne Adams it's from a series that was published in the late 70's called Weekly Reader Children's Book Club. This book is no longer in print, a rare find. If you ever see it grab it! The illustrations are beautiful!

    1. I'll have to keep my eye out for that one! I do have a copy of "A Halloween Happening" which was illustrated by Adrienne Adams.

  2. I remember that oh what a busy day book!

  3. i have those books too! i especially love the dragon on the front of the fairy tales one.