They Didn't Use Their Heads, Jo Ann Stover

Today's vintage children's book is They Didn't Use Their Heads, written and illustrated by Jo Ann Stover. This mid century picture book uses humor and examples to get kids to think about their behavior. Nice pen and ink illustrations by Stover and I like the crayon treatment for the cover. I wasn't able to find much information about Stover who passed away in 2009, but I did find a nice article in which her daughter was interviewed. You can read that here.

They Didn't Use Their Heads
By Jo Ann Stover
David McKay Co., 1963


  1. I think my mother-in-law picked this up at goodwill recently. I haven't had a chance to see her latest finds, but she was excited about it!

  2. Hi Jil, I absolutely love what you've shown us of this little book. The little kids I teach would love it and I can see then cracking up over the first pic. Just goes to show that more often than not less is more.
    I love the Hercules binding label on the back too.
    (I've got alot of catching up to do on this blog)

  3. Glad you liked it Kylie. I think kids would really like this book too.