Most hard cover books published since the early 20th century were sold with a dust jacket. I want to share the joy i have in collecting with all of you. The first price increase for little golden books occurred in 1962 when they went up to 29 cents. Dec 11, 2017 20 iconic books you probably own that are now worth a lot of money. They launched the first 12 titles, including the poky little puppy, this little piggy, baby s book and nursery songs. Get the best deals on rare little golden books when you shop the largest online. A lot has changed since little golden books came on the scene 75 years ago, but they remain some of the most popular childrens books ever. During the war after 1943 this number of pages was reduced to 28 pages due to shortages of paper. The worlds most valuable childrens books do you have one. Comprised of a hodgepodge of fun to read stories, classic literature excertps, world cultures, history and more they are sure to entertain a child on a rainy day or as an addition to your homeschool or afterschool program. Little golden books is a popular series of childrens books, founded in 1942. This is a page about finding the value of old children s books. This 10 volume set would be a lovely addition to any bookshelf.
Free shipping on many items browse your favorite brands. Fill out this form with enough information to get a list of comparable copies. A family favorite since 1956, home for a bunny is a simple, yet playful. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. I totally need the copy of the the wonderful wizard of oz in my life. Jul 24, 20 18 rare and first edition books that are worth literally a fortune. By 1967 more than 200 individual little golden book titles had. Little golden books have been treasured by children through the years.
And condition is doubly important when considering the value of childrens books. They are known for their sweet stories, whimsical illustrations, and affordability. The golden egg book by margaret wise brown, leonard. Check out some of the most pricey kids books, below. Little golden books launch at 25 cents each, democratizing reading for young americans. The dust jacket is both the most decorative part of a book, and the most delicate. That old book in your attic may not be worth much to you, but it might be worth a lot to a potential buyer. Golden tellatale books publisher series librarything. The dolly gray childrens literature award was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities. Finding the value of old childrens books thriftyfun.
For instance, a rare first edition of charles darwin s on the origin of species was auctioned. I have been collecting all shapes and sizes of little golden books and other related items since 1986. But the little golden books, at 25 cents, with their sturdy cardboard covers, were meant to be owned and inscribed by children. Collecting, identifying, and valuing first edition childrens. Humble children s books from years past can be immensely valuable, but only if they are the right edition in the right condition. List of little golden books titles little golden books wiki. You can look at lists of some of my collection under my books or my records. Check out the list below for some of the most valuable children s books. No childrens book collection would be complete without little golden books, the timeless, goldspined classics that have been delighting children for generations. The older books were numbered from 1600 and disney from d1d40. Written by diane muldrow, a prolific author of little golden. Youngsters can love a book too much, reading it again and again, which results in extreme wear and tear. Many of the little golden books have become bestsellers, including the poky little puppy, tootle, scuffy the tugboat, and the little red hen. I am the author of the children s picturebook price guide, and have been a passionate collector of first edition children s books for thirty years.
A re the books from your childhood packed away in boxes in the basement or the attic. These prices were on the covers so it can help you determine how old the book is. These 24 page books can also have and a by the roman numeral year with all other editions not marked. This site is dedicated to information on collecting little golden books. Little has changed with the books over the years, they still have the iconic gold spine, the brightly illustrated covers and. I am the author of the childrens picturebook price guide, and have been a passionate collector of first edition childrens books for thirty years. Old childrens books over 10,000 rare and outofprint. A lot has changed since little golden books came on the scene 75 years ago. My little golden book about george washington my little golden book about god. I have a good condition les miserables two volume set. A missing dust jacket, or a dust jacket that is in poor condition, can cut a collectible books value more than. Book donations are accepted during our open office hours at our warehouse.
You probably dont need to include every word of the title and author s name. We provide a solid introduction to the hobby, children s book values, and first edition identification points for key picturebooks, including dr. My little golden book about the first moon landing my little golden book about the sky. Discover a world of classic childrens literature, including popular little golden books, at world market. These muchloved, timeless children s books have fetched enormous sums on the rare books market, so if you happen to have one, you could be in for a windfall. The golden egg book by margaret wise brown, leonard weisgard. The values stated in this guide are to be used only as a guide. Rare and valuable books old and not so old books worth. Children s little golden book the train to timbuctoo margaret wise brown. For this list and the lists that follow lists that follow refers to lists in the children s picturebook price guide of the twenty most valuable picturebooks from each decade, covering the 1930 s up the 1990 s. Buy products related to little golden books collection products and see what customers say about little golden books collection products on free delivery possible on eligible purchases. If you think about the books you read as a child, or have read to a child, little golden books will pop into your head. Lgbs were developed as a cheap alternative to more expensive childrens books. Little golden book and bandaid advertising promotion.
We have a collection of more than 10,000 scarce and out of print books, for readers, teachers and collectors. Get the best deals on rare little golden books when you shop the largest online selection at. Several of the illustrators for the little golden books later became. My little book of birds a golden tellatale book by. When they were first published in 1942, highquality books for children hadnt been available at a price most people could afford. A little golden book lot of 11 vintage rare childrens books collectibles. Links to websites to help you value, sell or find rare books. The values stated in this guide are to be used only as a. They launched the first 12 titles, including the poky little puppy, this little piggy, babys book and nursery songs. Now in a comprehensively updated fifth edition, and knowledgeably compiled by steve santi a personal collector and professional dealer of little golden books, collecting little golden books. Original copies, called first editions, are very rare and sought after by collectors. Little golden book collector little golden book collector. Launched in october 1942, little golden books defied the traditional model of childrens book publishing with its 25. Children s little golden book the train to timbuctoo.
Get the best deals on little golden books when you shop the largest online selection at. However, this means that it is quite a difficult task to find a first edition little golden books without an inscription, doodles, scribbles, and other toddlerrelated marginalia. Among her many bestselling golden titles are the sailor dog, the color kittens, mister dog, seven little postmen, and home for a bunny. These books were first published in 1942 and have become a staple on children s bookshelves. Many little golden books are in their 3rd printing, and 1. Watch a brief walkthrough of little golden books history, including commentary by experts and authors, golden books editorial director diane muldrow, and childrens literature historian leonard marcus. Donations of new or gently used books are tax deductible. The golden books of the last few years only have the first edition marked with an a or first printing on the title page. Before then, childrens books of the 1930s and 1940s were generally large, cumbersome and expensive. This september marks the 65th anniversary of little golden books. Mother goose rhymes golden tellatale book by john nez. Little golden books list, value, history, information just collectibles. We have a collection of more than 10,000 scarce and outofprint books, for readers, teachers and collectors. Vintage little golden books country living magazine.
A little golden book lot of 11 vintage rare children s books collectibles. Front of the sleeve displayed a partial yellow circle with the record information inside the circle. Little golden books collection and first edition identification on. The first 12 books from little golden books were first printed in october 1942. Aug 07, 2009 so many golden books have been published since 1942 over a billion that finding an older edition is easier than some other books, said leonard marcus, a children s book historian. Make offer children s little golden book the train to timbuctoo margaret wise brown. In 1942, the launch of little golden books revolutionized childrens book publishing by making highquality picture books available at affordable prices. Through golden windows ten volume set beust, nora, et al eds. The easiest way to know how much your copy of a book is worth on the open market is to check on how much similar copies are currently being offered for. Margaret wise brown 19101952, best known as the author of goodnight moon, wrote countless childrens books inspired by her belief that the very young were fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. The first walt disney little golden book, through the. Jul 9, 2015 little golden books have been treasured by children through the years.
The iconic, golden bordered board books are a familiar sight for most americans as weve been clutching little golden books in our chubby little hands since 1942. Please see value your donation for more information board books, picture books, alphabet books, books about numbers, colors, animals, shapes and words, story books, rhyming books, multicultural books and spanish language books are greatly needed. Little golden records the first 12 records produced beginning in 1948 were in a bifold sleeve with the record fitted in a slot. More than 60 years later, many of the original golden book titles are still wildly popular, with the poky little puppy topping the list of ten bestselling childrens books of all time. Has every book imaginable, including many collectors rare editions abebooks specializes in rare books, great place to research book values mostly specializes in used textbooks if you are a student check them out. Jan 27, 2015 a lot has changed since little golden books became a staple of childhood 75 years ago this year 2017, but they remain some of the most popular childrens books ever published, as demonstrated in a recent ten things you didnt know column.
Golden books backlist is teeming with classics such. And condition is doubly important when considering the value of children s books. Crayon or pen markings, and torn or lost dust jackets will all bring down the value of a book. The eighth book in the series, the poky little puppy, is the topselling children s book of all time.
List of little golden books titles little golden books. And its not technically a series, as only one title was ever issued. Shop target for little golden books at great prices. So many golden books have been published since 1942 over a billion that finding an older edition is easier than some other books, said leonard marcus, a childrens book historian. Advertised as having 44 pages the actual books had only 42 pages. Many of the original titles are still available today, having passed through several editions and innumerable printings. My little golden book about the solar system my little golden book about the statue of liberty my little golden book about the white house my little golden book about travel. For this list and the lists that follow lists that follow refers. Little golden books is a popular series of children s books, founded in 1942.
All items in this priceguide are valued at excellent to near mint unless otherwise stated. He wanted a colorful childrens book that was both affordable. My passion and this website concentrate on first edition picturebooks published from 1930 to present, including illustrators active today. Vintage valentines by golden books, paperback barnes. Welcome to old childrens books, selling childrens literature and picture books online since 1994. Most valuable childrens books you might already own.
Score a books total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. In fact, many parents still have a copy or two of their childhood favorites in their basement. Kenneth grahames wind in the willows and the fantasy tales of cs lewis are desirable, too. Theyre so valuable that buyers can pay thousands of pounds more than what the book originally cost. Professional appraiser helaine fendelman evaluates and appraises your collectibles. Little golden books came from the idea of george duplaix, head of the artists and writers guild. Values are not set to determine prices as auction and dealer values vary greatly and are affected by demand and condition. Little golden books easter bunny set ltd commodities. Welcome to old children s books, selling children s literature and picture books online since 1994. What determines value of books published before dust jackets. An introduction to little golden books, their history, first edition identification guide. Maggie to the rescue a golden tellatale book by ari hill. Did you know that some of your favourite books can fetch thousands of pounds at auction. Little golden book series found in childrens media tiein books little golden books have been loved by children for over 75 years.
They are known for their sweet stories, whimsical illustrations, and. These books were first published in 1942 and have become a staple on childrens bookshelves. Golden books sold for 25 cents for twenty years, then the price changed to 29, 39, 49,59,69,89. The eighth book in the series, the poky little puppy, is the topselling childrens book of all time. Please only add little golden books from any decade to this list. Mother goose on the farm golden tellatale book by diane muldrow. Humble childrens books from years past can be immensely valuable, but only if. What do the numbers on the covers of golden books mean. Since most little golden books were opened and enjoyed by readers, uncirculated books must be in pristine, mint condition and are considered rare and valuable. Nov 05, 2015 old, out of print books can sometimes be quite valuable. Fortunately, our expansive assortment has you covered, from enduring favorites from the 40s and 50s to. Follow the journeys of these furry friends in the little golden books easter bunny set. Little golden books collection and first edition identification book collecting guide.1162 63 80 1560 874 1628 512 371 1153 538 1273 207 346 1019 1066 3 1243 1042 284 738 412 1153 439 247 976 737 1589 1119 1662 323 34 621 813 1057 500 1265 758 1190 1298 247 257 851