Picture books make great baby gifts. Yes, you knew that already. Duh. That's one of the reasons you publish them. But did you know that the hot new custom at baby showers is for everyone who attends the shower to bring a favorite book from their own childhood?
What does this mean?
This means I get plenty of customers (grandmothers. aunts, friends) who are looking for books they knew and loved decades ago. Books that are hard to find. Oh, it's all very well if your favorite childhood book was Goodnight Moon or Where the Wild Things Are. But what if it was:
The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy, written by Jeremy Gury and illustrated by Hilary Knight (Random House, 1958). I can still quote from this book. Yes, I'm old. Deal with it.
Or:Charlotte's own website) except for this inferior 1989 reissue with a different illustrator.
The Busy Man and the Night-time Noises, which I believe was written by Vana Earl around 1954 and I can find no image at all.
These books? Out of print. Almost impossible to find or far too expensive on used book sites. Could there be a market for inexpensive reissued editions of picture books (maybe even board book versions) from, oh, the baby boomer years?
So, everyone else, what was YOUR favorite childhood picture book? And is it still in print?