Top 8 Children’s Book Animals on U.S. Postage Stamps

I never cared much about the artwork on postal stamps until Little Miss was born. Before, I would buy stamps from a vending machine while visiting my PO box. Now, I buy commemorative stamps at the office counter.

As a dad, I’ve fallen into some U.S. Postal Service marketer’s target demographic and am helpless against his scheming ways. Using stamps with child-oriented themes seems in some small measure a way for me to express my daddyhood to the general public, or at least to a handful of postal workers who process and deliver my envelopes.

The Postal Service’s "Favorite Children’s Book Animals" 2006 commemorative stamps feature eight different book characters. The stamps are like a test of your children’s book knowledge. I failed miserably.

U.S. postage stamps featuring Wild Thing, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Curious George
I recognized…

U.S. postage stamps featuring Wilbur and Fox in Socks
I recognized after reading the character’s names…

  • Fox in Socks from Dr. Seuss’ book Fox in Socks (1965). Sorry, my memory gets fuzzy after Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Wilbur from illustrator Garth Williams and author E.B. White’s book Charlotte’s Web (1952). Hmm, I don’t remember Charlotte’s Web being a picture book.

U.S. postage stamps featuring Olivia, Frederick and Maisy
I’m totally clueless about these characters…

  • Frederick by Leo Lionni’s book Frederick (1967).
  • Maisy from Lucy Cousins’ book Maisy’s ABC (1994).
  • Olivia from Ian Falconer’s book Olivia (2000).

Which characters got the shaft? Berenstain Bears? Frog and Toad? Little Nutbrown Hare? Pat the Bunny? Huckle Cat?

How many of the eight postage stamp characters do you have in your home? Which of your favorite animal characters are missing from the stamps?


5 Responses to “Top 8 Children’s Book Animals on U.S. Postage Stamps”

  1. Asha says:

    I jumped on these when I saw them, too. Olivia happens to be one of my personal heroes.

    March 23rd, 2006 at 7:28 am

  2. Anna says:

    where is walter the farting dog?

    March 24th, 2006 at 11:36 am

  3. Rob says:

    Quite simply, the coolest thing since sliced bread. I had been planning on John Wayne stamps for Sullivan’s birthday invitations. Now I know better. Thanks for the heads-up.

    March 24th, 2006 at 1:32 pm

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I too bought PhotoStamps, the Muppets, and now this set too. (I actually stumbled into your page today when I googled looking for where I could buy another sheet- our local PO’s don’t ahve them anymore.)

    I hadn’t heard of Frederick or Maisy either, but whoa is me! Never heard of Olivia? She’s fantastic! I was so surprised that such a recent character made the cut, but I approve, wholeheartedly.

    August 12th, 2006 at 11:25 pm

  5. shannon says:

    I can’t believe these are no longer available online at the post office site. Our local post office is out as well. I bought a few sheets last time I found them but am almost out. They are sooooo adorable.

    March 16th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

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