As much as a treat for myself as a way of sharing my love of books, at Jenna’s prompting, I’ve now started work on a quilt for J’s 3rd birthday, made out of some of the fabric from the new Liberty’s range designed by children’s illustrators.
It was really hard choosing just a few fabric designs (and be quick if you want to order any as they have already sold out of some lines), but in the end I went for Carolyn Jane, Charlie’s Paisley and Kate Ada by Quentin Blake and Olivia Strange and Reuben Kelly by David McKee, the creator of Elmer, King Rollo and Mr Benn. Lots of colour and pattern, which I’ll be breaking up with a lime green fabric so hopefully it will remain playful without being too hectic!
To go with the quilt I want to give J a couple of Quentin Blake and David McKee books, and this is where I’m hoping you’ll be able to help. Both Blake and McKee are prolific author / illustrators and so I’d love to hear your recommendations for books by them. Which are your absolute favourite books they’ve illustrated? Which books would work particularly well as gifts?
Zagazoo and All Join In (the latter reviewed here on Playing by the book) are two of our favourite Quentin Blake books, and we got our first David McKee book earlier this week from the charity bookshop.
[On a side note, Tasha and I are dreaming of Super Hero Capes for ourselves trimmed with any leftovers of this fabric…]