Bedrooms in Children’s Stories

A character’s room can contribute to characterisation… Setting is frequently used to symbolize the character’s moods as well as power position. The bright sunny morning in the beginning of Anne of Green Gables corresponds to her hopeful expectations. A change of setting can parallel the change in the character’s frame of mind. A storm can symbolize the turmoil in the character’s psyche.

The Rhetoric of Character In Children’s Literature, Maria Nikolajeva

1. How is Asaf’s new bedroom different from his old one?

2. Describe the colour symbolism.

Teenage Bedroom is a Tumblr with photos of … well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. What vibe do you get from each of these bedrooms? Can you associate any with characters from novels you have read?

Classic Children’s Literature Inspired Bedrooms from Apartment Therapy

Jill Barklem (1951 - 2017) British writer and illustrator Brambly Hedge bedroom
Jill Barklem (1951 – 2017) British writer and illustrator Brambly Hedge bedroom
two  illustrations from “Terrible Teddy Bear” one of 23 stories by Kathryn Jackson in the book “The Animals’ Merry Christmas,” Simon and Schuster, 1950 bedroom
two illustrations from “Terrible Teddy Bear” one of 23 stories by Kathryn Jackson in the book “The Animals’ Merry Christmas,” Simon and Schuster, 1950 bedroom
Mouse's House - written by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry (1949)
Mouse’s House – written by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry (1949)
Trina Schart Hyman (1939 – 2004) pawprints greeting card
Katie Country Mouse Goes to London by Philip Mendoza
Katie Country Mouse Goes to London by Philip Mendoza
"How to treat a rooster" by Alexey Krylov Illustrator Vladimir Lubarsky
“How to treat a rooster” by Alexey Krylov Illustrator Vladimir Lubarsky
Zdenek Miller (Czech) mole series 1957-2002
Zdenek Miller (Czech) mole series 1957-2002
Richard Scarry (1919-1994), American author and illustrator. The bunny book, 1955
Richard Scarry (1919-1994), American author and illustrator. The bunny book, 1955
What Do People Do All Day (1968) by Richard Scarry
What Do People Do All Day (1968) by Richard Scarry

CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS IN FINE ART

Walter Frederick Osborne (1859 – 1903)
Lullaby, Illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov
Lullaby, Illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov
Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever bed pram
Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever
Mumfie. Illustrations by Katherine Tozer
Mumfie. Illustrations by Katherine Tozer
Tom Vroman, 1964
Tom Vroman, 1964
From Lucy and Tom From A to X B is for Books before bed by Shirley Hughes
Elisabeth Brozowska, Isidore L'Hippopotame, 1969
Elisabeth Brozowska, Isidore L’Hippopotame, 1969
Eddie Elephant Written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle. Volland Sunny Book Series. Chicago P.F. Volland, 1921
Eddie Elephant Written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle. Volland Sunny Book Series. Chicago P.F. Volland, 1921
Marco Somà
Marco Somà
Yevgeny Meshkov's illustrations for The Cat and the Whale. These ones were for the 1964 Filmoscope release 2
Yevgeny Meshkov’s illustrations for The Cat and the Whale. These ones were for the 1964 Filmoscope release 2
Christian Roux

Header illustration: Pets for Peter, 1950, Aurelius Battaglia, Italian American Children’s Book Illustrator