My Books (1919). Honor C. Appleton (1879-1951). Blackies Children’s Annual, 1921 edition.
Shows a little girl lying on the floor, reading, surrounded by books. The characters in the books come alive!
Blackies and other publishers came up with the idea of taking the best of the year’s stories, articles, and illustrations and putting them together in one bound volume called an Annual. The publishers advertised them as an ideal Christmas present which was educational as well as pleasurable.