Elmer Books for Toddlers

by paperfacets

Elmer is well known in England and is an elephant every child would like to meet through a book's sparkling bright pages. Color is the forte and he comes in many languages.

All the elephants in the world are grey, but Elmer is different. He is a bright colored patchwork elephant.

You may guess where this story is going in David McKee's "Elmer: The Story of a Patchwork Elephant". The first Elmer book for toddlers published in 1989 became popular and many have followed.

Now in 2018, there is on the marketplace, 40 Elmer titles, a TV series in England, and board books for younger book lovers. There is even a colorful Elmer plush to cuddle while the Elmer books are being read.

Young listeners will want to hear Elmer's story over and over. The books illustrated by the author in rich colors and motifs will occupy a treasured place in the family libraries.

Elmer  the Patchwork Elephant
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
Elmer and Rose

Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world since the first book debuted in 1989. Join Elmer and his friend Rose in a new story about what it...

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Author David McKee

David McKee was born in 1935 in Devon and went to the Devon schools. He received in art degree at Plymouth College of Art and then served in the British army. After the army he earned another art degree.

He has written and illustrated many children books, illustrated for other authors and owns a filming studio.

He is noted for bright, colorful, illustrations with subtle messages. The slightly turned down mouth, or the closed eyes are examples. Humor also has a leading edge in all his stories and the end will always have a message. He is very well known in Britain.

David McKee
David McKee

Elmer Board Books - Get an Elmer Book in Many Languages

Elmer Board books are for the younger set. It is a very wide set, indeed. Elmer board books come in languages galore. Get them in French and Spanish, but that is not all. Many languages are showcased with double language versions, such as, Welsh-English, Vietnamese-English, Somali-English, Chinese-English, Italian-English, Urdu-English and Turkish-English. When browsing in Amazon search for 'Elmer board books' to get many of the multiple language versions.

Audio-Slideshow Featuring David McKee

The Guardian of the UK has published this audio-slideshow about David McKee. You can view many clips of his illustrations. He talks about how he got started in illustration and the influences that nurtured his own story telling.

See the audio-slideshow here.

Colorful Elmer Book
Colorful Elmer Book
Elmer and Butterfly (Elmer Books)

One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her w...

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Elmer Toys Too

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant are picture books for kids and the character also has a choice of toys to go with story time. Enjoy your book with a patchwork elephant plush. If Elmer and Rose is your favorite picture book there is a Rose plush too.

I am new to this elephant and he may be new to parents in the U.S, but the elephant is well known in the UK. David McKee is a British children's books author and illustrator that splits his time between his homes in English and France. The first picture book was published in 1989 and there are 27 now.

He partners with Andersen Press of the UK for marketing his colorful books and ideas. In addition to writing and illustrating David McKee thinks of himself as a long time story teller, a tradition he experienced in his childhood days from relatives and the town of Devon, England, before and during the Second World War. McKee studied art in college and before graduating he was published in many newspapers and magazines creating "one-off cartoons".

I have gathered here the accessories and toys that are available from Amazon and ebay for the U.S. fans of the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee.

Have you heard of this series of books by David McKee?

Elmer Plush
Elmer Plush

Complete List of Elmer Books

Rainbow Designs Small Elmer Soft Toy

Everyone loves the little patchwork elephant from David McKee's timeless storybook and the colourful 20cm Elmer soft toy with his distinctive long trunk and big ears makes the p...

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Updated: 11/25/2018, paperfacets
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DerdriuMarriner on 11/27/2018

paperfacets, Thank you for the backstories and products. Are you going to be getting the plush animal line for your grandson? The books are educationally entertaining and entertainingly educational. What a fun way, with the dual language versions, to start a child learning languages early on!

paperfacets on 11/27/2018

Just blessed with a first grandchild and I am already choosing Elmer books for him. My kids did not experience Elmer but it is never too late for enjoying superbly illustrated books! It is exciting to offer the whole family something new for their reading time.

Veronica on 11/26/2018

Oh indeed Elmer is a huge favourite in UK. My young pupils loved Elmer and I did countess displays and art lessons, literacy lessons and story times.

Thank you. You have brought back a lovely memory.

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