Names: Alexandra "Alix" Tyler & Leslie "Dottie" Dotson Van Every
Online home: Modern Kiddo
My favorite children's book and why I love it: Dottie: One of my favorites as a child and an adult is A is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor. Tasha based the book on an old family doll from the 1860s who had a spectacular wardrobe detailed through the alphabet. F is for Fan, G is for gloves. I think this book started my love of vintage clothing!
Alix: Oh this is such a hard question. One of my favorites is Go Dog Go! By P. D. Eastman. It was written in 1961 but the great illustrations and text are still charming as all get out. I also adore the beautifully illustrated Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen, by Nancy Sherman. It's sadly out of print, but we read my dog-eared childhood copy all the time. The rhymes are so fun, I memorized it in high school.
My children's favorite book: Dottie: The Peach loves Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber, the simple tale of a domesticated alligator living on the Upper East Side. I think Lyle's affinity for taking baths helped the Peach get over her fear of water. By the way, where is the Lyle the Crocodile bath toy? There is a missed marketing opportunity here!
Alix: Aw, we love Lyle too! Another bedtime favorite of Wolfie's are the Calef Brown's books--especially Polka Bat and Octopus Slacks. These quirky little rhyming stories are such fun!
An illustrator I adore: Dottie: There are soooo many good vintage book illustrators, but one of my tippy top favorite modern day ones has to be J. Otto Seibold. Have you seen the cuteness that is Olive? Or Mr. Lunch? And for vintage I'm head over heels for Mary Blair, who did the beautiful illustrations for I Can Fly.
Alix: I collect vintage children's books and find cool illustrators is a particular passion of mine! My two vintage faves are Bernice Myers and Art Seiden. Just incredible! For modern day I love Oliver Jeffers (The Incredible Book Eating Boy) and Lauren Child (the Charlie & Lola series).
If our lives were turned into a children's book the title would be: The Mixed up Files of Alix and Dottie's Thrifting Adventures!
Thanks Alix & Dottie!
Alix & Dottie are the fun women behind Modern Kiddo: "Where vintage and modern style for kids meet." They love thrifting, vintage books and clothes, great style from any decade and sharing it all on the web. Go say hi!
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