1947 - 1969


Summer fading, winter comes-
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing rooks,
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story books.

We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books ?


- The Barnsley Chronicle, Portraits of retired miners, 1947.
- Daffodil Sky: short stories by H E Bates, Michael Joseph, 1955
- The Chrysalids, John Wyndham, Michael Joseph, 1955
- Cork And The Serpent, Macdonald Hastings, Michael Joseph, 1955
- Counterfeit, Sonia Cole, John Murray, 1955.
- Fellow Passenger, Geoffrey Household, Michael Joseph, 1955.
- Himalayan Barbary, Christophe von Furer – Haimendorf, John Murray, 1955.
- The Mindworm And Other Stories, C M Kornbluth, Michael Joseph, 1955.
- White August, John Boland, Michael Joseph, 1955
- The Year Of The Comet, John Christopher, Michael Joseph, 1955.
- The Diary Of Fanny Burney, J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, 1956.
- The Brave Page, R C Scriven, E. Arnold, 1956.
- Juniper And The General, James Norman, Michael Joseph, 1956.
- Rachel, Joanna Richardson, Max Reinhardt, 1956.
- Saints Of Sind, Peter Mayne, John Murray, 1956.
- The Sleepless Moon, H E Bates, Michael Joseph, 1956.
- Hunt For The Yule Log, Carol McAfee Morgan, Abelard-Schuman, 1957.
- Crossroads Of The Zuider Zee, Hendrik de Leeuw, Arco Publishers, 1957.
- Facts Of Life For Teenagers, Evelyn Ruth Millis Duval, Arco Publishers, 1957.
- The Baron’s Sword, Kenneth Rudge, Anvil Books, Hamish Hamilton, 1958.
- Come Into The Sunlight; The Story of My Edwardian Mother, Nerina Shute, Jarrolds Publishers, 1958.
- Down To The Sea In Ships, Ursula Bloom, Hutchinson, 1958.
- The Barque Of The Brothers, Hans Baumann, translated by Isabel and Florence McHugh, Oxford University Press, 1958.
- Two Boys On Two wheels, Kenneth Rudge, Anvil Books, Hamish Hamilton, 1958.
- Indian Delight, R J McGregor, Dolphin Books, University of London Press, 1958.
- Prince Of The Jungle, René Guillot, Translated by Brian Rhys, Oxford University Press, 1958.
- Singing Together, BBC Broadcasting, 1958.
- The Call Of The Bush, Mary Elwyn Patchett, Lutterworth Press, 1959.
- The Daffodil Bird, Ruth Tomalin, Faber & Faber, 1959.
- High Sang The Sword, Eileen O’Faolain, Oxford University Press, 1959.
- The McNeills At Rathcapple, Meta Mayne Reid, Faber & Faber, 1959.
- The Story Of Jesus, Eleanor Graham, Penguin Books, 1959.
The Bonny Pit Laddie, Frederick Grice, Oxford University Press 1960, as Out Of The Mines: The Story Of A Pit Boy, Watts: New York 1960.
Brazilian Paradise, Guy Walmisley-Dresser, Lutterworth Press, 1960.
The Saga Of Asgard, Roger Lancelyn Green, Penguin Books, 1960; reissued as Myths Of The Norsemen, Bodley Head, 1962.
Tangara: Let us set off again, Nan Chauncy, Oxford University Press, 1960; as The Secret Friends, New York: Watts, 1962.
Enjoy These Stories! Chosen by Cedric Austin, 4 Volumes, Ginn, 1960-2.
Calendar 1961: Great Characters from European Literature, 1961.
Dubliners, James Joyce, Penguin, 1961.The Holy Sinner, Thomas Mann, Penguin Modern Classics, 1961.
The Knights Of King Midas, Paul Berna, Translated by John Buchanan-Brown, Bodley Head, 1961.
Landslide!, Véronique Day, Translated by Margaret Morgan, Bodley Head, 1961.
The Pinto Horse, Charles Elliot Perkins, André Deutsch, 1961.
The Road To Agra, Aimée Sommerfelt, University of London press, 1961) Book cover by Brian Wildsmith
Sierra Summer, Jeanne Loisy, Translated by Irène Salem, Georges G Harrap, 1961.
The Town Across The Water, Madeleine Polland, Constable, 1961.
Everyman’s Library series: The Newcomers, Voltaire, The Age Of Louis XIV, Pamela, vols 1&2, Rodrick Random, Tales from Shakespeare, Gulliver’s Travels, Diaries and Letters, The Professor , J M Dent, 1961-1964.
Tales From The Arabian Nights, E.O.Lorimar, Oxford University Press/New York: Walck, 1961.
The Boy And His Friend The Blizzard, Gregory Marton, Jonathan Cape, 1962.
Appointment With Venus, abridged by Jerrard Tickell, Pilot Books, London University Press, 1962.
The Deserter, Giuseppe Dessi, Harvill Press, 1962.
Folco Et Crin-Blanc, Albert Lamorisse and D Colomb de Daunant, Methuen, 1962.
The Jumping Lions Of Borneo, J W Dunne , Faber & Faber, 1962.
The Key Of The Kingdom: Poetry Three, an anthology chosen by Raymond O’Malley and Denys Thompson, Chatto & Windus, 1962.
Penguin Books List 1962, Penguin Books, 1962.
The Warrior’s Treasure, R J McGregor, Dolphin Books, University of London Press, 1962.
BBC Music For Schools, Rhythm and Melody, BBC Broadcasts to Schools, summer term 1962.
Follow My Black Plume, Geoffrey Trease, Macmillan, 1963.
Happily Ever After: Poems for Children, Ian Serraillier, Oxford University Press, 1963.
Sara Crewe, Frances Hodgson Burnett, New York: Scholastic, 1963.
Tomorrow Will Be Better, Betty Wehner Smith, Collins-Harvill, 1963.
The Watchers, Charlotte Morrow, Hutchinson, 1963.
Fifer For The Union, Lorenzo Allen, New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1964.
Havelok The Dane, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Macmillan, 1964.
The Iron Charm, Joanne S. Williamson, New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1964.
A Thousand For Sicily, Geoffrey Trease, Macmillan, 1964.
The Facts Of English, Ridout Witting, Ginn, 1964.
Miscellany One, Edited by Edward Blishen, Oxford University Press, 1964.
Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens, Edited by M W & G Thomas, Shorter Classics, Ginn, 1965.
The Fifth Of November, L A G Strong, Hamish Hamilton, 1965.
The Queen’s Brooch, Henry Treece, Hamish Hamilton, 1966.
Come Reading, Edward Blishen, Michael Joseph, 1967.
The Oxford Illustrated Old Testament, 1968 – 69.
Ahmed, Prince of Ashira, Alan Wildsmith, André Deutsch Ltd, 1969.
They Didn’t Come Back, Paul Berna, Bodley Head, 1969.


Three wise men of Gotham  Went to sea in a bowl; And if the bowl had been stronger, My tale had been longer. from   MOTHER GOOSE 1964

Three wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
And if the bowl had been stronger,
My tale had been longer.

ABC 1962
The Oxford Book Of Poetry 1963
The Lion And The Rat 1963
The North Wind And The Sun 1964
Mother Goose 1964
The Rich Man And The Shoemaker 1965
123 1965
A Child’s Garden Of Verses 1966
The Hare And The Tortoise 1966
Birds 1967
Wild Animals 1967
Fishes 1968
The Bible Story 1968
The Miller The Boy And The Donkey 1969
Circus 1970
Puzzles 1970
The Owl And The Woodpecker 1971
The Twelve Days Of Christmas 1972
The Little Wood Duck 1972
The Lazy Bear 1973
Squirrels 1974
Python’s Party 1974
Blue Bird 1976
The True Cross 1977
What The Moon Saw 1978
Hunter And His Dog 1979
Animal Games 1980
Animal Homes 1980
Animal Seasons 1980
Animal Shapes 1980
Animal Tricks 1980
Professor Noah’s Spaceship 1980
Bear’s Adventure 1981
Cat On The Mat 1982
The Trunk 1982
Pelican 1982
All Fall Down 1983
Apple Bird 1983
The Nest 1983
The Island 1983
Daisy 1984
Toot Toot 1984
Whose Shoes? 1984
Give A Dog A Bone 1985
Goat’s Trail 1986
My Dream 1986
What A Tale 1986
If I Were You 1987
Giddy Up 1987
Carousel 1988
A Christmas Story 1989
The Snow Country Prince 1990
The Cherry Tree 1991
The Princess And The Moon 1991
Over The Deep Blue Sea 1992
The Easter Story 1993
The Tunnel 1993
Noah’s Ark 1994
Saint Francis 1995
The Creation 1995
Katie And The Dream-Eater 1996
Joseph 1997
Amazing World Of Words 1997
Exodus 1998 reissue-edition Moses 1998
The Bremen Town Band 1999
The Seven Ravens 2000
Jesus 2000
My Flower 2000
How Many? 2000
If Only 2000
Not Here 2000
Can You Do This? 2000
Knock Knock 2000
Mary 2002
Brian Wildsmith’s Zoo Animals 2002
The Road To Bethlehem 2003 reissue-edition A Christmas Journey 2007
Favourite Fables compilation of the five La Fontaine titles 2008
BW’s Favourite Nursery Rhymes reissue-edition of Mother Goose 2009
Cat On The Mat And Friends 2011
The Christmas Story re-edition 2018
The Twelve Days Of Christmas re-edition 2018
The Easter Story re-edition 2019


Twinkle, Twinkle, Chocolate Bar, Rhymes For the Very Young. Compiled by John Foster, three illustrated poems by Brian Wildsmith 1991


Look Closer 1993
Whose Hat Was That? 1993
Wake Up, Wake Up! 1993
What Did I Find ? 1993
Jack And The Meanstalk 1994
Tug Tug 1996
Footprints In the Snow 1996


Brian Wildsmith’s ABC 1996 latest publication 2017
Brian Wildsmith’s Opposites 1996 latest publication 2017
Brian Wildsmith’s Animals to Count 1996 latest publication 20019
Brian Wildsmith’s Animal Colors 2001 latest publication 2019
Brian Wildsmith’s Zoo Animals 2003 latest publication 2016
Brian Wildsmith’s Farm Animals 2007 latest publication 2019
Amazing Animal Alphabet 2009 latest publication 2019


The Little Wood Duck 2007 latest publication 2019
The Owl And The Woodpecker 2007 latest publication 2019
Professor Noah’s Spaceship 2008
A Child’s Garden of Verses 2008 latest publication 2019
Hunter and His Dog 2008
The Bremen Town Musicians 2012 latest publication 2019
Daisy 2018
Bear’s Adventure 2018
Bible Stories 2020


Jungle Party, re-edition of Phython’s party 2006


As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of his book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.