Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (first published 1981, this copy Picture Puffin 1983)
Dogger by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head 1977)
Inner pages parting company with cover which is ingrained with soil after a particularly exciting Teddy Bears Picnic at the bottom of the garden. Tear drop stains on lost Dogger page. Starting to sniffle, moving on...
Henry's Busy Day by Rod Campbell (Viking Kestrel 1983)
Gift from Grandma and Grampy. Spine fraying. The 'soft furry coat' of Henry in the last spread still retains hints of something sticky that could be the subject of forensic investigation. Ideal reading for inducing sleep, particularly of the parent reader.
The Quangle Wangle's Hat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (this copy Picture Pufffin 1982)Weirding out sons alert – I read this rhyme so many times to Older Son that I could (and did) recite it like a mantra during the birth of Younger Son. After that, I was less than keen on reading it aloud (owing to flash backs) and it got 'lost' for a while. A quarter of a century or so in fact.
Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy (Walker Books 1986)
Edge of cover slightly nibbled by long-gone Rosa and Cynthia the guinea pigs. My (then) small sons failed to understand why Mrs Large could possibly want 'Five Minutes Peace' - but I LOVED this book (and still do). Maybe one day they'll have kids of their own -THEN they'll get it.
Other books come and go (to the charity shop), but these picture books (and a whole heap of others) are so redolent of happy times, I shall keep them forever.
What tatty old picture books do you treasure?
Jane's posts a Tatty Old Treasured Picture Book of the week on her facebook author page, www.facebook.com/JaneClarkeChildrensAuthor
and she really hopes some of the picture books she's written will end up being tatty and torn and treasured by someone, too.