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Bill Sokol Mid Century Childrens Book Illustrator

August 12, 2019

Bill Sokol is rather elusive online, apart from his sad obituary from the NY Times in 2004 and his fabulous book illustrations, there is little info to discover.

I did track down this little gem which tells us a little more.

He must have illustrated about 40 books from the mid sixties onward. Many for children, joke books, stories, fables and even…

… one or two with his wife Camille.

Interesting to see his wide variety of styles.

Books on how to sew.

Some for the space cadets.

Or those who like animals.

Or nature.

Books for teenagers.

About history and legends.

Books for adults too.

Here’s a small selection of the covers he has created.

Alvin was obviously a popular choice.

Life in the woods for Proffit the Fox.

Naturally I love these sixties posters, don’t they just make your mind feel relaxed straight away.

If anyone knows any more info about this wonderful illustrator, do send me a message. Thank you and Happy Monday to everyone.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:16 am

    Ah! That was blissful! What a huge talent! I see his groovy, charming drawings and I am instantly transported back to the 60’s – where colours were defiantly vivid – orange, yellow, avocado green…I feel 7 years old again! Thanks for this treat, Craig – I suppose the only way to get hold of any of these delightful books, is to rummage through the boxes at your local church fete – that’s where I find all my out-of-print gems!

    • August 12, 2019 3:32 pm

      Thanks Deirdre, glad it hit the spot lol yes church fetes, eBay, etsy, secondhand bookshops, I never find things like this in charity shops .. the Oxfams of this world are wise to collectibles these days. Perhaps rightly so.

  2. August 13, 2019 5:01 pm

    What a gem, and how interesting that he was an AD at the New York Times. Once again, a great discovery through Fishink. Thanks!

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