For many of us, some of our earliest memories are of stories. We remember our favorite tales, characters, and children's illustrated books, read by our parents and teachers. The words and pictures of these books came together to teach and entertain us, and in many cases, were the beginning of a lifelong love of reading. Whether you're looking for a rare first edition of a collectible children's illustrated book or just trying to track down a childhood favorite, our sellers have a wide variety of children's books from the past century and beyond.
Many consider the book Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures) to be the first example of a children's illustrated book. Published in 1658, the book featured illustrations of everyday life paired with Latin words to create a book that was an early precursor to the modern works of illustrators like Richard Scarry. Colorful books of illustrated nursery rhymes from the 1800s and early 1900s are beautiful reminders of the verses we all learned as children, from Old Mother Hubbard to Little Bo Peep. This time period is also considered the golden age of illustrated children's books, with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and others bringing stories to life.
Our sellers offer vintage children's books filled with illustrations that are reminiscent of artwork of the time, perfect for displaying as well as reading. In addition, children's illustrated books of poetry bring each poem to life again for little ears. Here, you can find works like The Wizard of Oz and the books of Dr. Seuss alongside newer favorites such as The Polar Express and Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are to create a library of literary wonders for little readers. Buy children's illustrated books to collect or to share with a young one ready to discover new worlds through these colorful works.