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Elmer Books for Kids

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Ms. Venegas believes reading is essential for understanding the rapidly changing world. She enjoys sharing books with others.

Discovering Elmer: A Patchwork Elephant

All the elephants in the world are grey, but Elmer is different. He is a bright colored patchwork elephant.

You can guess where this story is going in David McKee's "Elmer: The Story of a Patchwork Elephant". The first Elmer book for toddlers published in 1989 became popular and many have followed.

Now in 2017, there is on the marketplace, Elmer books, a TV series in England, and board books for younger book lovers. There is even a colorful Elmer plush to cuddle while the Elmer books are being read.

Young listeners will want to hear Elmer's story over and over. The books illustrated by the author in rich colors and motifs will occupy a treasured place in the family libraries.

Elmer by David McKee - The Patchwork Elephant

22 of 25 reviews on Amazon gives this book 5 Stars.

Elmer (Elmer Books)
Elmer (Elmer Books)

I noticed the used versions are not any cheaper than buying new, but that can change from time to time.

wikimedia commons image David McKee
wikimedia commons image David McKee

David McKee Author

David McKee was born in 1935 in Devon and went to the Devon schools. He received in art degree at Plymouth College of Art and then served in the British army. After the army he earned another art degree.

He has written and illustrated many children books, illustrated for other authors and owns a filming studio.

He is noted for bright, colorful, illustrations with subtle messages. The slightly turned down mouth, or the closed eyes are examples. Humor also has a leading edge in all his stories and the end will always have a message. He is very well known in Britain.

Elmer Board Books - Get an Elmer Book in Many Languages

Elmer Board books are for the younger set. It is a very wide set, indeed. Elmer board books come in languages galore. Get them in French and Spanish, but that is not all. Many languages are showcased with double language versions, such as, Welsh-English, Vietnamese-English, Somali-English, Chinese-English, Italian-English, Urdu-English and Turkish-English. When browsing in Amazon search for 'Elmer board books' to get many of the multiple language versions.

Elmer Board Book in French (from
Elmer Board Book in French (from

Audio-Slideshow Featuring David McKee

Author of the Elmer Book

The Guardian of the UK has published this audio-slideshow about David McKee. You can view many clips of his illustrations. He talks about how he got started in illustration and the influences that nurtured his own story telling.

See the audio-slideshow here.

Elmer Toys Too.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant are picture books for kids and the character also has a choice of toys to go with story time. Enjoy your book with a patchwork elephant plush. If Elmer and Rose is your favorite picture book there is a Rose plush too.

I am new to this elephant and he may be new to parents in the U.S, but the elephant is well known in the UK. David McKee is a British children's books author and illustrator that splits his time between his homes in English and France. The first picture book was published in 1989 and there are 27 now.

He partners with Andersen Press of the UK for marketing his colorful books and ideas. In addition to writing and illustrating David McKee thinks of himself as a long time story teller, a tradition he experienced in his childhood days from relatives and the town of Devon, England, before and during the Second World War. McKee studied art in college and before graduating he was published in many newspapers and magazines creating "one-off cartoons".

I have gathered here the accessories and toys that are available from Amazon and ebay for the U.S. fans of the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee.

Color Me Toy

Color Me Toy
Color Me Toy

Elmer the Elephant Poll

Let's find out how many in the U.S. have heard of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Have you heard of this series of books by David McKee?

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© 2012 Sherry Venegas

Hope you liked this discovery page with Elmer

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      Marsha Cooper 

      3 years ago

      We still have Elmer on our bookshelf from when my children were younger.

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      4 years ago

      Oh my goodness! How is it I have never heard of Elmer before this? I will be making room for a herd of elephants on my bookshelves! Thank you so much for introducing me to this patchwork critter by David McKee. I will be sharing him on all the social sites with my readers!

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      5 years ago from Iowa

      Elmer Looks Adorable. Thanks for the ontroduction.

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      5 years ago

      This is real neat. I have never heard of the book series before but I am sure that children in England and other places love them. Thanks for sharing.


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