Pere Castor

The Pere Castor Albums were published in France from 1931. They were launched by Paul Faucher, a radical bookseller who was deeply immersed in the European educational movement led by pioneers such as Bakule and Piaget. His art director was Nathalie Parain, who had studied in Moscow and bought with her a fresh uncluttered approach to children's book illustration and design.

The Pere Castor albums were hugely influential and Noel Carrington's Puffin Picture Book series was certainly inspired by these magnificent books.