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Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958


During the 1950′s Andy Warhol worked as a commercial artist in New York and illustrated a number of children’s stories for Nelson Doubleday Inc. - publisher of the Best in Children’s Books series.

The illustrations shown here are from The Magic Porridge Pot in Volume 21.

Playful and fun, these drawings give us a glimpse of the most influential American artist of the 20th Century early in his career.



Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958



Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958


Warhol also provided art for several other stories in this series including Card Games Are Fun (Volume 27 – 1958), The Little Red Hen (Volume 15 – 1958) and Homemade Orchestra (Volume 7 – 1958).


These books are getting harder and harder to find as Warhol collectors are snatching them up. I found a copy last week, with cover intact, and was just overjoyed.



Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958



Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958


I especially like Warhol’s cats – they are just so happy and carefree.



Illustration from The Magic Porridge Pot – Andy Warhol
Best in Children’s Books – Nelson Doubleday, Inc. – 1958

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7 Responses to “Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book Illustrations”

  1. on 10 Feb 2008 at 1:03 pm Mitzi

    Um, would it be terribly not hip of me to say I think these illustrations are way better than most of his more famous “art”? I love them, what a score!

  2. on 01 Mar 2008 at 5:05 pm Monica

    Oh my goodness we had the best in childrens books, they are in my moms basement!!! I remember this story too!!! ahh now I have to go find it!!!!

  3. on 25 Aug 2008 at 2:12 am Vik

    Amazing. I’ll reccommend my friends to visit you.

  4. on 28 Sep 2008 at 6:44 pm Brushtail

    I have a coppy of this since I was a kid, and it’s been in the family for a while, they are good kids books to, I’m definatly keeping them for my grandkids.

  5. [...] some children’s stories including this one. Just take a look at those illustrations from  The Magic Porridge Pot in Volume [...]

  6. on 09 Jul 2009 at 11:41 pm Megan

    My 8 year old niece recently read one of these books that belonged to me and my sister when we were children and called the illustrations to our attention. She recognized his name from the Andy Warhol museum here in Pittsburgh.

  7. on 20 Nov 2009 at 4:10 am Tom

    We have both of these books and the complete set. Are they worth anything?

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