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Beautifully designed or illustrated children's picture books

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Little 1
Little 1
"Originally published in 1961, this picture book was illustrated and designed by Paul Rand. The text by Ann Rand makes learning numbers and simple addition positively fun."
ABC 3d
ABC 3d
"Marion Bataille is a widely published French graphic artist and illustrator. This is her first book published in the UK and is an innovative pop-up alphabet."
A Book About Words
A Book About Words
"Through harmony and rhythm, resonance and pitch, Ann Rand inspires readers to listen to the tuneful play of her text as it sings off each page. Illustrated by graphic designer Paul Rand's artwork."
I Can Fly (Little Golden Books (Random House))
I Can Fly (Little Golden Books (Random House))
"Ruth Krauss and Mary Blair's I Can Fly won awards upon its first publication in 1951 and has not lost an iota of its charm. The book's illustrator Mary Blair was a favorite protege of Walt Disney's"
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
"Eric Carle's good-humored style and colorful, bold illustrations (like those in The Very Hungry Caterpillar) have earned him a prominent place in the children's book hall of fame."
Not A Box
Not A Box
"Unornamented line drawings of a rabbit and a box offers a paean to the time-honored imaginative play of young children who can turn a cardboard box into whatever their creativity can conjure."
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
"The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My was the first Moomin picture book by Finnish author Tove Jansson. It was first published in 1952."
The Story of Ferdinand (Picture Puffin)
The Story of Ferdinand (Picture Puffin)
"Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations."
Miffy (Miffy's Library)
Miffy (Miffy's Library)
"Dick Bruna's Miffy books each contain sixteen pages of story. Each page has one illustration and four lines of verse, the last word of the second line rhymes with the last of the fourth."
Lonesome Puppy
Lonesome Puppy
All about Scabs (My Body Science)
All about Scabs (My Body Science)
"Yagyu's diagrams and crisp line drawings largely use an orange, red and black palette, lending it a retro-'60s look. The Japanese translation is also informative."
The Holes in Your Nose
The Holes in Your Nose
"Another of Genichiro Yagyu's Kane/Miller titles. The simplicity of two black circles on the cover representing nostrils and the domestic Japanese scenes inside are delightful."
Inch by Inch
Inch by Inch
Love
Love
"A sweet, heartbreaking story is played out on shaped pages of vibrant colours, with cut-outs, strip-ins and peep holes. First published 1964."
Follow the Line Around the World
Follow the Line Around the World
"Ljungkvist's signature design element is a continuous line that sashays and scribbles across every spread and around the World."
The Scribble Book
The Scribble Book
"Does away with the traditional rules of the pre-school colouring book, encouraging children to cross boundaries and experiment for themselves by using scribbles."