At my favourite thrift store I recently found a treasure trove of great children's books both modern and vintage, Including Gyo Fujikawa's "Oh, What a Busy Day!" which is a big, treasury-style hardcover book with some of the sweetest illustrations and a lovely poetic writing style.
Fujikawa is one of my most loved illustrators for children and I remember many of the images from when I was a wee one. I don't remember which book or books I owned or got from the library, but all the pictures seem so familiar to me.
David and I both love books, so the small person is already amassing quite a library. I love vintage books, but in so many of them the children are only blue-eyed and blonde haired. Even as a brown eyed and dark haired youngster I noticed that very few of the pictures ever looked like me, and I want to make sure that our child is surrounded by lots of positive depictions of children of all kinds. We live in a really multicultural city and I think that should be reflected in the books we read. I have a few other Fujikawa books and I'm always on the lookout for more.
Snuggling and reading with the small person is high on my list of things I'm looking forward to.