With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Collection of Vintage Christmas Books

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Collection of Vintage Christmas Books

Through the years our collection of Christmas books has grown considerably. I find each new Christmas season makes these aging books dearer to my heart remembering the delight of reading them with my children. Little grandchildren now find wonder as we snuggle together and listen to the stories each one holds.
Here are just a few.





Baby's Christmas is tattered now but still full of the sweetest illustrations by Eloise Wilkin who was so gifted in her ability to capture the innocence and preciousness of children .

aww... so sweet and snuggly.







Eloise Wilkin - Little Golden Books Illustrator
(1904-1987) Eloise Wilkin's career covered more than fifty years, involving illustration and writing, free-lance drawing, and doll design. After graduating from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Eloise Burns and her friend Joan Esley moved to New York City where they hoped to have a better chance at careers in illustration. In 1935, Eloise married Sydney Wilkin and soon began a family of four children. She illustrated over 20 books with her sister Esther, who also married a Wilkin. In 1943, she was offered a contract with Simon & Schuster and worked almost exclusively for Little Golden Books until 1961.
Eloise Wilkin, who passed away in the late 1980s, was one of Golden Books' most prolific and beloved illustrators. Some of her books, such as Prayers for Children, have never been out of print.

21 comments:

Lenore said...

Your Christmas books are quite interesting and I'm sure they make a lovely read for you and the little ones.

Mildred said...

I love to look through old books, especially those with beautiful illustrations. You have such a treasured collection. I hope you are photographing reading these books to the grands. One day they might be blogging about those very books and memories of you reading to them.

grey like snuffie said...

You have a lot of the same books that I have. I volunteered at our daughters school in the library. With my friend the librarian's help I started collecting books...I have more Christmas ones for children than anything else.

Lady Farmer said...

What could be more enjoyable than to sit down together as a family and read a book to the children! Even the adults have fun ~ I know I did! What a fun collection!
Blessings!

crochet lady said...

What a lovely, lovely post. Book are some of my most favorite things and being able share them with the people we love is a blessing. Those are some wonderful treasures you have there, not only for the thing itself, but for the hours they represent in time spent with family.

Blessings.
Jen

Linda C said...

I love your collection and especially The Little Golden Books. I agree about her sweet illustrations! Makes me want to step into the page and be there:)

Great show and tell!

Hugs,
Linda C PS I see on your profile that we have been married the same number of years:)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Your post is so sweet. I was thinking about posting about Christmas books too. Thanks for the inspiring pictures and story.

Jeanne Selep said...

I love the older illustrations - So sweet. Jan Brett is a great modern day illustrator also.

marie said...

I love old childrens books. We've also collected new ones each year since my children were little. This Christmas will be the first time we'll be reading them to the grandbabies! I can't wait!

Your pictures look so nice in their pretty frames.

Vicki said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful books!! I have always loved Eloise Wilkin. When I was a little girl, I had a book called "My Teddy Bear" and she had illustrated it, also "Hansel and Gretel" which she had illustrated. Thank you for bringing back these memories. Blessings to you! Vicki

Hootin' Anni said...

What wonderful Treasures!!!!!!

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PattieJ said...

Awww I Love all of your Christmas books.... I miss buying all those types of books. My kids are all grown up and I don't have a grandchildren yet! Thanks for sharing.

Pattie

ceekay said...

This is a wonderful collection. I wish I had more Christmas books to share with my grandchildren.

Sandra said...

Love to collect Christmas books and pioneer stories too. Love the art work of Eloise Wilkin and her Golden books. Thanks for the memories.

june at noon said...

Oh, wow! I instantly recognized this illustrator by her style. I didn't know her name, but one of her books, We Help Mommy, was a childhood favorite of mine, and my daughter now loves to read the same book. (And I still love to read it too!) As soon as I saw your photos I knew it had to be the same person, so I looked her up. How neat!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a great collection! I didn't save any of my kid's books, now I regret it!

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

What a wonderful story! I love old, loved books and the wonderful memories that are made with them. I have some books still from when I was a kid and my girls still enjoy them! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story! -April

Janice said...

What a gorgeous little book that is. The illustrations are so sweet.

Tricia Anne said...

What a nice set of Christmas books that you have collected. Our children are older now, but I still like snuggling together, reading our old books and remembering times past. :o) Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Laurie said...

Thank you for sharing about Eloise Wilkin; I have several books illustrated by her, but I did not know her story. I recently got out our Christmas books, ready for our grandchildren. As a former teacher and now blogger, I love your Show and Tell Fridays.

Ammy said...

Can I just tell you how addicted to your blog I am? If I am having a bad day, I just go to your blog and I am cheered up. Your blog is like a big hug! THANK YOU!

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