Gallery: Children’s Literature-Related Stamps
I say without shame that I love when people give me ideas for blog posts. Some of my favorite things on this blog have come from someone emailing and saying “Hey, you should do a post about . . .”
Today is a perfect example of this. A couple weeks back, Lisa S. left a comment asking me about the upcoming postage stamp depicting Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. The like story it depicts, the stamp has proven divisive.
My opinion? Approval. Should it show the tree? I suppose, but focusing on the boy makes for a simpler design, which I think makes a better stamp. If I’m getting stamps and this one is available, you better believe I’m choosing it.
Side note: I’ve never really talked about my Giving Tree thoughts on this blog. So how about an official stance? Here goes: I’m glad it exists. Do I love the intended (or unintended) “message” of the story? No, but I like that this book is out there in the world for people to love and hate.
This all made me wonder about other children’s literature-related postage stamps.
So today, I bring you all the examples I could find.
*Note* I stuck with United Stated Postal Service stamps. Strictly USPS, baby. Look, I know Quentin Blake (on of my all-time favorite illustrators) is putting out new stamps every other week in the UK, and Japan had some great Eric Carle stamps, but I had to put some limits on things here.
The Snowy Day
Does anyone disapprove of this choice? I ordered the heck out of these things and have been selectively using them ever since. Are you Snowy Day stamp-worthy? That’s what I’ve been asking about every letter I’ve sent since 2017.
Children’s Book Animals
This set came out in 2005 and I like it because it hits a bunch of different books in one shot.
Caldecott Medalist Kadir Nelson has painted a number of USPS stamps, my favorite being his 2019 Marvin Gaye:
Wait, these came out in 2021? How the heck did I miss this??? As you would expect with stamps by the ever-creative Elise Gravel, they have an extra feature – accessories along the side you can detach and apply to the monsters.
2022 Caldecott Honor winner Floyd Cooper (RIP) created a Kwanzaa stamp for the USPS.
You knew there had to be some Seuss stamps out there. These came out in 2004.
Award-winning illustrator John Parra has also created stamps for the USPS celebrating Latin food.
Children’s book creator Rafael Lopez has created a set that celebrates Latin music legends.
Any children’s literature USPS stamps I missed? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you, Lisa, for the blog post idea.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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