Children’s Book Covers as Art

There is just something about children’s books. They are magical.  I remember my mom reading me countless stories as a little girl, and feeling as if I could experience all sorts of wonderful adventures, without even getting out from under my covers. One of my favorites is Peter Rabbit. He’s spunky, and I respect that.

Peter Rabbit

This was given to me by my aunt, and every time I look at it in my kids’ room, I’m taken straight back to my sweet memories of childhood.

If you would like to do this yourself, here are some of my thoughts about it:

  • If you can’t bring yourself to cut up one of your favorites, head to the thrift store or antique shop to see what kind of treasures might be there for cheap. Vintage looking covers are my personal favorite.
  • When it comes to framing, you could get lucky and find a cover that fits a frame perfectly, or you can always add a white matte.  I like oversized frames with plenty of matte to draw attention to what you’re framing.
  • Paperback is best, but it doesn’t have to be the cover, you can find a cute illustration inside the book with a great quote.
  • Some ideas of awesome children’s book art:
    • “Mr Pine’s Purple House” – please look this one up if you are not familiar…so cute.
    • Classic Winnie the Pooh
    • Dr Seuss
    • anything by Audrey Wood
    • “Goodnight Moon”
    • Curious George
    • “Guess How Much I Love You”

What are your favorite children’s books?

Take a moment and be nostalgic about something special from your past, and have a lovely week everyone!



  1. Melanie says:

    I was so inspired, I pulled out the two Beatrix books I could find–Mrs. Twiggy Winkle with the fattest, prickliest, cutest smile I think I have ever seen…..and that naughty little cat that belonged to Tabitha Twitchett, Tom, who was sent to play outside in his best clothes……any mom would know how THAT story ends…..Alina and I crawled in bed and read every page, examining each drawing. As she turned over with a deep sigh of contentment to go to dreamland, I thought how nice it would be if she sees beauty in the little things like a children book, a river rock, and a worn out what not, just like her sister.

  2. Wendy says:

    Every once in a while Michaela and I will pull out “Goodnight Moon” or another favorite and read together — with both of us reciting every line! Funny how you can remember every word!

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