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Beautiful Old Children's Books

Updated on June 14, 2016

Beautifully Illustrated Vintage Children's Books

Some of the illustrations in old public domain books are stunning. I'm especially fond of children's stories. They are truly works of art and something to be appreciated. I've handpicked each one. Some of these are treasures of beautiful artwork. I tend to favor color illustrations and look for images that really pop with color and detail so those are the types of images I've picked to show here.

I also look for books that have many images in them so they form a collection of images with a similar style. Included is a sampling of the pictures followed by the link so you can view the book in its entirety.

These old books can be a treasure trove of artwork because years ago there was a lot of work that went into it. All the artwork was meticiously drawn out and carefully lithographed so it could be printed. It's not like it is today where there are millions and millions of books and now people can even publish their own. There isn't any need to be approved by a publisher or even find a printing house to print it.

Most of the books were done in black and white ink because the process for printing color was costly, time consuming and labor intensive. However even the black and white pictures can be stunning in some of the books, especially some of the old catalogues.

Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales

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The Ballad of the Lost Hare

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Christmas Roses

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Aunt Ann's Lesson-Book, for Very Young Children

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The Circus Procession

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The Thirteen Little Black Pigs

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Little Downy, or The History of a Field Mouse

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      6 years ago

      I am featuring this lens on my new lens page, Vintage Books to be published soon! I love the illustrations!

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      dogface lm 

      7 years ago

      These are gorgeous!

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      7 years ago

      I love vintage children's books. I have a few that I read to my grandchildren.

    • piarejuden profile image


      7 years ago

      This is awesome.. so much info!

    • avigarret profile image


      7 years ago

      Love the children book recommendations, but what I loved even more was the Public Domain Treasure Hunter's Survival Kit.

      Thanks for sharing

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      7 years ago

      We love older books and nothing I like better than going to a used book store and stumbling across one! Very nice page.

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the old Victorian feel and look of these books. Beautiful!

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      Steve Dizmon 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love old books. I have several hundred pre-1900. A few were purchased but most were given to me by those who knew of my interest.

    • JenaleeMortensen profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these older children's books. They are so interesting to look at.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is gorgeous...I adore old books, most especially those for children. The illustrations are so rich. Thank you for sharing this. Blessed.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful lens. Love these old pictures of children's books. This page is one of the best lens I have seen for a while. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      7 years ago from USA

      WOW! Your work here is wonderful! The illustrations are old and vintage but they're gorgeous! Great job, Angel Blessed.

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      7 years ago from Maryland

      I love old books. The illustrations in these children's books are so beautiful and classic. Awesome lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      Lovely, lovely lens. Beautiful images of so many childhood books. Great memories for all of us oldies.

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I LOVE old book illustrations. Have you found any of Christmas related illustrations? This page is a gem. Thanks so much!

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      7 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do love old books. They are treasures.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      This was like a treat to me, to stop and visit here. I love children's books so much and the illustrations are such an important part of it.

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      7 years ago

      wonderful prints, love it.

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      7 years ago

      Neat images! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sandra Wilson 

      7 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      Love this little stroll into the past - thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Love the artwork.

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      7 years ago

      I love vintage books - huge fan. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't seen books like this before. Beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      Wow those are really beautiful. I have never really seen illustrations like that but I can see why you love them.

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      7 years ago

      I've always loved the art work of vintage children books and have memories of going through these treasures as a child...and that child in me is smiling right now, beautifully done!

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      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have a set of McGuffy readers that my students love to peruse once in a while. Fun lens.

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      7 years ago

      The illustrations these vintage books had are really outstanding.

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      7 years ago

      what beautiful book illustrations! thank you for sharing them!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I love the Cinderella book the best. Some of these stories have been renewed in the movies, but nothing beats the real vintage deal. Great job. Thanks

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      TheLastResort LM 

      7 years ago

      Awesome looking drawings in these books!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a big fan of children's books and vintage illustrations. You might enjoy my lens on Nos Enfants which is a very old book I have.

      I hope your page encourages more people to collect and preserve these old books.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely selection of rare childrens books, many thanks

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      7 years ago

      Wow, these really are amazing. Thanks for collecting and sharing them!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      Beautiful lens. I've always been interested in the illustrations in childrens books. Didn't think any one else paid attention to them!

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful illustrations!


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