A few days ago I came across some board books by Clare Beaton in a competition over at Babbleabout. I was instantly struck by the beautiful illustrations which are composed of needlework and appliqué. It’s a very unique treatment so I was compelled to investigate further. It turns out Clare has produced a range of children’s books with illustrations using felt, buttons, braid and fabrics. Everything is handstitched and made from vintage or recycled materials (apparently old aprons are a favourite!).
As it so happens the very same day I stumbled across Clare’s books online I also brought one home from the library without realising it. With 18-month-old B in tow a trip to the library doesn’t involve too much consideration in choosing books – it has more in common with a mad supermarket sweep, grabbing armfuls of books while chasing B as she whips books off the shelves and tries to climb them! Anyway, I digress!
The book we brought home is called Nursery Rhymes and comprises a selection of classic nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep and Hey Diddle Diddle. Nursery rhymes are a perfect introduction to books and reading for very young children, but they often come in large anthology formats. This gorgeous little board book is just the right size for little hands to hold and turn pages. There is one rhyme per double page spread with an accompanying illustration. B is a big fan. As am I. It’s a hard choice but I think my favourite illustration is the one for ‘There was a crooked man’ as there’s such a lot of detail. The original piece must be a real treasure.
Fingers crossed we win the bundle of books from Babbleabout but either way, I will be purchasing some more of Clare Beaton’s books. I will also keep an eye out for any events she is involved in where we might see some original artwork or get involved in making collages.
If you want to find out more about Clare, her books and her other work you can visit her website.