Vintage Book Illustration Love

I love books. Comic books, picture books, non-fiction books, biographies, novels, anthologies... I love them all.
The books that have a very special place in my heart however are vintage children's books. I have collected them for years. Well before Punky was on the scene, I would scour the dusty bookshelves of overcrowded op shops, searching for books that I remembered from my childhood, which then led to any vintage books with charming illustrations.
I love them for their history & the ideas & inspiration they exude. Particular favourites are Little Golden Books. I love everything about old golden books - from their tarnished spines to their beautiful back covers.

As a result, Little Punk has masses & masses of books, she has her big book shelf (see below) which has books wedged in on display but also piled in the cane baskets beneath, then she has another storage cupboard full to the brim, there are so many stacked beneath her cot that they are starting to spill out on all sides and at any one time there are probably 20 of her books strewn about the house.
There was a time that I would have been incredibly distraught at the thought of a child "messing" with "my" books, I mean, anything could happen to them! But since having Punky I have both become less materialistic & more relaxed in general, books are for reading, admiring & inspiring, and nobody needs beautiful, engaging things around them more than a small child, in my opinion.
Thankfully, she is generally quite gentle with the books, and the only books she's ever wrecked have been cheap board books that I could have cared less about. She is often found sitting quietly in her room, on her chair, "reading" & she brings us books throughout the day & sits expectantly on our laps to be read to. I love that she enjoys books so much even know, and earnestly hope that continues, for the rest of her life.


  1. I spent many days with The Pokey Little Puppy.

    I'm feeling you.

  2. Those are so adorable! If you have read any of my comments on mommy blogs, you know that things like this, especially if they have to do with books just make want to have a baby SOON!

    Congrats on your win!

  3. Heehee! Yeah, if you haven't looked at my blog today, you might want to check it out!

  4. Eeeeek!!! What a deliciously confusing way to find out some fantastic news...! lol

    Thank you Magaly for the hint, & Mrs B for the absurd happiness you've brought to my day... ;)

  5. Oh! Pepper plays nurse. I loved Pepper plays nurse! And, like you, the golden books- I am thankful, occasionally that my mum is a hoarder!


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