Mighty Life List
Sep 9 2013

More Children’s Book Tattoos

Little Red Riding Hood

Winnie the Pooh

Shel Silverstein


Harriet the Spy

I cannot stop collecting these. If I were getting one, I think it would be the original cover for A Wrinkle in Time. What would you get?

Children’s Librarian Sleeve Tattoo

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11 Responses to “More Children’s Book Tattoos”

  • Nora Says:

    I’m a librarian, and I have a lifelong love of children’s (and adult) literature, but I never thought I wanted a literary tattoo until I saw that one up there of Harriet the Spy. OMG. Love.

  • Kate Says:

    My grandmother, Catherine Stahlmann was a children’s book author, her most “famous” work being Bunny Blue. She was the absolute sweetest human being I will ever know, and her stories embody an innocent love for the world. So when she died at age 98 last fall, I was inspired to get a tattoo of Bunny Blue as a tribute to her and as a reminder of the joy of life embodied in her stories.

  • Kate Says:

    It would be… unlikely that it is even possible to do. But. An image from The Twelve Dancing Princesses, as illustrated by Errol Le Cain. I spent many, many, many happy hours looking at the details of that wonderful edition of the book when I was a child. I bought a complete copy of it for [ridiculous] money recently, since it’s out of print and my copy has lost a page in the 30+ years I have had it. He was such an incredible illustrator. I wish his editions of stories would be reissued.

  • Chelsey Says:

    I have Shel Silverstein’s Missing Piece on my ankle. The scene where it’s stopping to greet a flower.

  • Abbie Says:

    A for apples, or R for ribbons, from On Market Street (or perhaps one of each?). Alternately, a rope-skipping Frances from Bread and Jam for Frances would be darling.

  • T Says:

    I started what will probably end up being a literary half-sleeve. It’s a skeleton key with wings, my homage to Harry Potter. Next will probably be a Jan Brett illustration from her take on “The Owl and the Pussycat” or one of the Gashlycrumb Tinies.

  • Liz Says:

    Not really children’s lit, but my next tattoo will be from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five: Listen: tattooed under my left breast (at my heart, as in listen to my heart). I always felt such power in his use of such a simple word as “Listen: …” to start his paragraphs in that book. Also, it is a nod to is use of colons but NEVER semicolons (he called them “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing”).

  • Liz Says:

    Also…. I would totally get the words “Further up and further in” from The Last Battle (the final book in The Chronicles of Narnia). (The full quote is beautiful: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”

  • Chelsea Says:

    I’ve always wanted a Chaucer quote as a tattoo. But if it were to be from a children’s book, it would be the peach from James and the Giant Peach being pulled by seagulls. That book is so, so dear to my heart.

  • Heidi Says:

    Oh man. Had no idea that was the original cover. That is awesome.

  • Sarah Says:

    For me at least tattoos are very much like potato chips and it is difficult to stop at one.