Le Cheval Bleu by Nathan Hale
Le Cheval Bleu
by Nathan Hale
(French)

There's no denying the appeal of gorgeous children's books. The books featured on this page are prime examples of beautifully illustrated books from different countries around the world.

Sweden - well known for its design aesthetic - has produced numerous authors and illustrators of children's books. One such illustrator who stands out for his beautiful work is Einar Nerman (1888 - 1983). Most famously known for his artwork on the Solstickan matchbox, he also drew famous sketches of Greta Garbo, one of which was used on a postage stamp in 2005. Nerman also illustrated a gorgeous children's book titled, Fairy Tales from the North, published in 1946. French author and illustrator Alain Grée published over 300 books, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. His work has been translated into 20 different languages.

A common theme of many illustrated children's books is anthropomorphised animals, flowers and vegetables. Author/illustrator T. Benjamin Faucett created a series of three books about fruits, vegetables and flowers (including characters with names such as Walter Watermelon, Ted Tomato and Olga Onion). Beatrice Appia, born in Switzerland in 1899, illustrated a charming folk-story about a humanised daisy called, Conte de la Marguerite.

From France to Germany, Australia to the Arctic - join us on a virtual literary trip around the world through the pages of beautiful children's books.

Children's Books from Around the World

The Hare of Inaba by T.H. James
The Hare of Inaba
by T.H. James
(Japanese)
Mora by Mulk Raj Anand
Mora
by Mulk Raj Anand
(Indian)
Oswald the Monkey by Egon Mathiesen
Oswald the Monkey
by Egon Mathiesen
(Danish)
Fairy Tales From the North by Einar Nerman
Fairy Tales From the North
by Einar Nerman
(Swedish)
A Paper Zoo illus by Ellen Raskin
A Paper Zoo
illus by Ellen Raskin
(American)
La Montagne by Alain Grée
La Montagne
by Alain Grée
(French)

Oioceanna Sioe: Faery Nights by Michael MacLiammhoir
Oioceanna Sioe: Faery Nights
by Michael MacLiammhoir
(Irish)

The Painted Pig: A Mexican Picture Book by Elizabeth Morrow
The Painted Pig: A Mexican Picture Book
Elizabeth Morrow
(Mexican)
Pinook by Karel Jaeger
Pinook
Karel Jaeger
(Arctic)

The Boy and the Taniwha by R.L. Bacon
The Boy and the Taniwha
R.L. Bacon
(New Zealand)

Das Schmetterlingswunder by N.M. Jlgerd
Das Schmetterlings-
wunder

by N.M. Jlgerd
(German)
Chicken World by Boyd E. Smith
Chicken World
Boyd E. Smith
(American)
Conte de la Marguerite by Beatrice Appia
Conte de la Marguerite
by Beatrice Appia
(Swiss)
The Witch's Magic Cloth by Miyoko Matsutani
The Witch's Magic Cloth
by Miyoko Matsutani
(Japanese)
A Forest Story by Josef Kozisek
A Forest Story
by Josef Kozisek
(Czechoslovakian)
The Love for Three Oranges illus by Elzbieta Gaudasinska
The Love for Three Oranges
illus by Elzbieta Gaudasinska
(Polish)
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
The Magic Pudding
by Norman Lindsay
(Australian)
A Ring and a Riddle by Vera Bock
A Ring and a Riddle
by Vera Bock
(Russian)
The Rocket Book by Peter Newell
The Rocket Book
by Peter Newell
(American)
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf
Wee Gillis
by Munro Leaf
(Scottish)
Songs for Children Sung in Japan by Yukuo Uyehara
Songs for Children Sung in Japan
by Yukuo Uyehara
(Japanese)
Die Puppe im Moos by Anne Geelhaar
Die Puppe im Moos
by Anne Geelhaar
(German)

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