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Children’s Books Illustrated by Famous Designers

This month, fifty years after its first printing, legendary designer Saul Bass’s one and only children’s book is being reprinted by Rizzoli. The book is gorgeous, just what you’d expect from one of the greatest graphic designers of all time, and it got us to thinking about other children’s books illustrated by famous designers who are more noted for their other work. After all, it seems to us that if you have that kind of skill with pictures and words, you might as well put it to use shaping the minds of the younger generations, right? Click through to check out our roundup of children’s books illustrated (and sometimes written!) by great designers, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites in the comments!

Saul Bass

Legendary designer Saul Bass, best known for his graphic movie posters and title sequences, only illustrated one children’s book — and luckily for all of us, it’s back in print. Henri’s Walk to Paris, is a beautifully minimalist, boldly colored tale of a boy who dreams of going to Paris, written by Leonore Klein. See more pictures here.