Collecting Beautiful Children's Books
Children’s books are actually a great genre for the collector. The books remain desirable for a long time for nostalgic reasons, they provide a fascinating cultural snapshot of their time, and classic children’s literature draws the attention of many incredible artists and illustrators. Books series range from cheap and cheerful sets that brighten up any room, to collectible fine press editions. And collections can include genres, authors, illustrators or anything that takes your fancy.
This page provides a jumping off point with links to both vintage and contemporary illustrated bibliographies of stunning fairy tale collections, fascinating folklore, and beautiful children’s book series.
Fancy & Fine Press Editions
Written by Andrew Lang, illustrated by a range of contemporary illustrators.
A guide to the Folio Society's fantastic complete Fairy Book collection. Decoratively clothbound, with stunning original illustrations by contemporary artists.
Fairy tales from around the world
The original rainbow fairy book set by Andrew Lang and his wife, with their glorious decorative bindings and illustrations by Henry J. Ford. Also includes a complete list of all the tales in each book.
Vintage Children's Books
Famous 1950s artists
A collector's guide and complete illustrated bibliography of the American children's classics series known as the Best in Children's Book Club series (spoiler alert: not actually book club editions and amazing illustrations).
The art of the Australian fairy
A review of those literary magical fairy beings of the sort that typically feature prominently in pan-European fairy tales but here are living in the Australian bush.
Alice's Adventures Illustrations
A collector's guide and illustrated bibliography of the wonderful variety of illustrated editions of Lewis Carrol's famous books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Authors & Illustrators
Children's literature, folklore and fantasy artists
A collector's guide and complete illustrated bibliography of the illustration work by the wonderful Grahame Johnstone twins. Also includes a small gallery of their paintings, and a sampling of their work in the Finding Out magazine.
Ruth Manning Sanders
The complete illustrated bibliography of works by wonderful fairy tale teller Ruth Manning Sanders, including her brilliant fairy tale and folklore series 'A book of...' illustrated by Robin Jacques.