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Bernice Myers Talented mid-century Illustrator of children’s books

September 26, 2016

I’d like to refresh your eyes with a little from an old favourite Bernice Myers. Also…

Anyone familiar with the children’s books illustrated by the mid century artist Bernice Myers like The Four Musicians, Bunny Button etc , may not have seen her science based ‘ All Around ‘ series of books. This is her more usual style.

I discovered her other style whilst browsing on Flickr and started collecting the range of books she illustrated with the text supplied by Tillie S Pine and Joseph Levine. Here’s a few of the titles I have already. I love their simple style and colourful, humourous characters. Most of the books feature two colours and black to show off the fun images.

I’ve taken some images from each of the books for your to marvel at. Starting with Friction All Around.

Electricity All Around.

Air All Around.

Sounds and Magnets All Around.

Heat All Around.

Gravity All Around.

Water All Around.

Light All Around.

A superb collection of quirky and informative illustrations, that I’m sure would captivate children and adults alike even today.

I did get in touch with Bernice who told me that she was flattered to be featured on my blog. How great is that !! She also mentioned that the work you see above, helped her to pass a test for a Ford Foundation Scholarship, where she learnt enough to go for a specially created college degree. Some 60 books later and she’s still working !

Superb work Bernice, I still have a couple of books in the series to go for the set but I’m getting there.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2016 10:03 am

    Thank you for this discovery,
    The illustrations are really nice.

    • September 26, 2016 11:57 am

      Thanks Tracey and Lagnie. Glad to be able to introduce Bernice to you both.

  2. Tracey O'Brien permalink
    September 26, 2016 10:07 am

    I love these books!!

  3. Nicki permalink
    September 26, 2016 1:05 pm

    Thanks for a great post, such great work. I’m taking Lilla Roger’s new kids book illustration course soon, so this is perfectly timed!

    • September 26, 2016 5:19 pm

      Have a great time with the course Nicki, it looks a great one to do. Do let me know how you get on.

      • Nicki permalink
        September 26, 2016 9:49 pm

        Thanks so much Craig! Xx

  4. alibrookes permalink
    September 26, 2016 8:06 pm

    Oh, wow! What a great post! I think I should have read these books as a child as I might have understood physics better. Her drawing are brilliant and they are so inspirational!

  5. September 26, 2016 9:47 pm

    Wonderful! The use of monochrome with a splash of vivid colour really appeals to me.

    • September 27, 2016 10:10 pm

      Yes Laura it’s a simple look but quite powerful too

  6. September 27, 2016 7:18 pm

    Ahh… takes me back to grade school! Life seemed so much more simple then.

  7. May 29, 2017 7:33 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful illustrator! Love all the photos in this post

    • May 30, 2017 7:17 am

      My pleasure Sarah. Yes Bernice’s work is some kind of wonderful isn’t it lol

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