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Collecting Children’s Literature

1942 Little Golden Books. A set of the first 12 books published simultaneously. NY: Simon & Schuster.

1943 Little Prince by A. St. Exupery. NY: Reynal & Hitchcock (also issued in Deluxe Edition). First edition in French appeared the same year.

1945 Stuart Little by E.B. White. NY: Harper and Brothers.

1947 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. NY: Harper Brothers.

1949 Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader. NY: Macmillan.

1950 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. London: Bles.

1950 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. NY: Viking. First edition of the Swedish Pippi Langstrump appeared in 1945.

1952 Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. New York: Harper Bros.

1952 The Borrowers by Mary Norton. London: Dent.

1955 Eloise by Kay Thompson. NY: Simon & Schuster.

1955 Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. NY: Harper & Bros.

1957 The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. NY: Random House.

1958 A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. London: Collins.

1961 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. NY: Harper and Bros.

1962 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. NY: Ariel.

1962 A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. NY: Viking Press.

1963 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. NY: Harper & Row.

1964 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. NY: Harper & Row.

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1970. Courtesy of Aleph-Bet Books.

1970 Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Cleveland: World.

1972 Watership Down by Richard Adams. London: Rex Collins (Also 1976 Limited Edition, which is the first edition with illustrations, illustrated by John Lawrence).

1985 Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

1997 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling. London: Bloomsbury.

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Helen Younger has been a dealer selling first editions of collectible and rare children’s and illustrated books since 1978. With her husband Marc she owns Aleph-Bet Books in Pound Ridge, New York. She has been a member of the ABAA for more than thirty years.