Your favourite illustrated good night rhythm/lullaby collection



  • I am working on an illustrated collection of Norwegian goodnight rhythms and songs. I find it challenging because I feel like every concept I thought of has been done many times. It is hard to come up with a fresh concept. I need to look for some examples for inspiration.

    Do you have your favourite illustrated children's rhythm collections? Especially if you know the ones that are done contemporary - classic with a modern look?





  • @carolinebautista thank you so much for sharing the books. I love both books you posted here, especially One Minute till Bedtime - I love the moon character 🙂



  • @xin-li sounds like a lovely project! I’ve loved Collins Treasury of poetry for a long time! Penny Dan’s characters are adorable and there is so much variety and playfulness in her compositions - she uses spots, frames, full page spreads, icons etc. It’s such a pleasure to read. It’s not really ‘modern’ I guess though, since it was published in 1995 😊 . However she did do another poem illustration book in 2005 Classic Treasury of Best-Loved Children's Poems that may be worth checking out😇



  • I'd love to throw in some suggestions but I'm pretty sure I was raised on Roald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes' and 'Nauseous Nocturne' from the intro to a Calvin and Hobbes treasury. Probably not what you're goin' for 🙂



  • @xin-li I don’t know if this will help, but at our home Boer Boris by Ted van Lieshout (author) and Philip Hopman (illustrator) does very well. Almost all stories have a certain cadence and rhyme to them which my children love (and I do too). The illustrations portray a farmer with all kinds of equipment, animals, trains, busses and other things small children adore.



  • @amandalo I was able to find a few images with google search. Penny Dan´s character design is really beautiful and expressive, although the colour were a bit over the top for me. hehe... I think the poem collection from 2005 is probably a very similar project with the one that I am working on. I am going to order these book online so I can get to see them for real (my local library has very little English Children's poem collection :-). Thank you so much for the tip!



  • @Braden-Hallett these are very unconventional. Sounds like fun books to have in my home library 🙂



  • @Niels said in Your favourite illustrated good night rhythm/lullaby collection:

    Philip Hopman

    wow! I have never heard of this illustrator before. He is phenomenal. The way he designs environment is really cool. It is always exciting finding artists from the Europe, especially outside of the UK.

    I have another book project going on at this moment, which is all about farms. I think the examples you shared here would be super useful for my other project. I have no clue why I was the chosen illustrator for a farm book - I knew very little about farms or farming. 😅



  • Meilo So. Her books are not rhythm collections to be precise. They are mostly poems. She also illustrated the English version of the lovely Bronze and Sunflower.



  • @carolinebautista I got One Minute till Bedtime today in my mailbox today. It is much a delightful book. Thank you for recommending this book for me.



  • @xin-li I used to have it checked out from the library so long that it felt like I owned it.

    I would check it out again as soon as I turned it in while this over and over and over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_k8fVNzbGU

    Posting here reminded me how much I love it and need to keep it in mind - "what is it that I really need to get good at?" and "I realized I needed to be a much more ruthless editor and a much more careless artist" and "I really feel at this point i'm not good at doing something on command" - it is always comforting to hear someone so brilliant talk about the same difficulties i'm having.

    Also, your question got me thinking - ideas of sleep are so abstract in themselves that it is probably much easier to use conventional ideas about it. He doesn't talk about working on One Minute till Bedtime in this video but it's one of my favorite things to review when considering how he works through a project. When my daughter was 4, she finally admitted to me that she believed we did everything fun after she fell asleep, like eat ice cream and play games. No wonder she was so comforted by watching me fall asleep, haha. Bedtime always felt like a game. It will be so fun to see this project when it comes out.


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