Mama Monday: Classically Beautiful

Anyone who knows me or has looked over my blog knows that I love books. Preacher Man loves books. And we are raising our children to love books. Just this week Monkey has started sitting still and letting me read to him! Things are progressing nicely in this area, so I started thinking ahead to the grandchildren. I know that my oldest is only eight, soon to be turning nine, but I want to pass our families love of the written word on to future generations.

So I started researching and selecting illustrated classical books to purchase with the intentions of having these for my children and for my grandchildren. Books that are as beautiful to look at as they are to read. I wanted to share some of these books that I’ve already purchased and my list of future illustrated classics to buy.

The Secret Garden: Unbelievable artwork and a nice big book to hold.

The Hobbit: A very fantasy type of art which is perfect for this story. I bought this one recently to read to Chipette since the movie is coming out this fall/winter, but I don’t think she’s ready to hear this one yet. I forgot how complex the language is.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The art in this version is very much like a children’s book which makes this classic very accessible to the youngest of listeners. There is a picture on almost every page which is nice.

Bruce Coville’s Shakespeare picture books. This is the only one we own currently, The Tempest. I am in love with this series of books. If you want to make Shakespeare accessible and fun for early elementary children, these are the books you want!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The art in this book reminds me of old picture books. While some of the pages are not super easy to read because they put the type over some of the art work, I didn’t have any trouble.

In the mail right now on the way to my house is Through the Looking Glass illustrated by the same artist who did Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland above.

On my Amazon Wish List to be purchased at some point in the future:

The Wind in the Willows (This is an abridged version, but the illustrator is the same one who did The Secret Garden above.)

Heidi (I would really like to find a nice color illustrated version of this instead of the one I linked here.)

The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (Full color illustrations!)

Winnie the Pooh Box Set (This set has been around for a while, but now those delightful Pooh drawings are in color.)

TheAdventures of Pinocchio (The art in this book has a very Renaissance feel to it. I found it hauntingly beautiful.)

These are the ones I've found so far, but I am still on the lookout for more beautifully illustrated classics. If you have any that you've found and your children love, please share in the comments.

Thinking about the future while collecting classics from the past in the tree house,



  1. I so appreciate your links and book suggestions. I love discovering new "classic" stories :)

    1. Thanks! I can't be the only mom who has trouble getting her kids to listen to the classics unless there is a picture!