Monday, November 16, 2015

Collecting Children's Books *Review

Collecting Children's Books: Art, Memories, Values new Hardcover due out Nov. 1, 2015

 I love collecting children's books. You might even say I have a fettish! Well I do have 7 kids, what better thing to collect than our own library. With ebooks taking over, I want to make sure our own personal library is alive and well with a huge collection of the classics.
This has been a very enjoyable book for me! Brought to memory some books and authors I hadn't thought of, and promptly sought out their books.
This is a great book for your kids to use as research for writing about authors, or book companies.

Gorgeous pictures of the cover of the books along with an author's picture. The art work is amazing and I loved to see the bright colors of the pages. This book is well thought out and done to perfection!
I have never seen such a complete listing of children's books,  let alone with such an artistic touch!

 Remember these Little Golden Books? I still have several from when I was young. Always economical for even the poorest kids to have. These were such treasures.

Collecting Children's Books: Art, Memories, Values by husband and wife team Noah Fleisher and Lauren Zittle. The book is 8” x 8”, 224 pages, in full-color and retails for $26.99.  

Collecting Children's Books showcases some of the finest books and accompanying artwork from 1900 to the present in a warm, informative and exquisite fashion, reminding us all of the joy found in this transcendent genre. From Winnie-the-Pooh to Curious GeorgeAlice in Wonderland to Mary Poppins, and from The Poky Little Puppy to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the book is a treasure trove of remarkable--and highly collectible--children's literature.

“The world of Children’s Books is such a rich and wonderful subject,” said co-author Noah Fleisher, who also serves as the editor of Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, “we jumped at the chance to write it when we were asked. A survey of the form, like this one, is long overdue. What we’ve striven to create with this overview, while knowing there’s so much more to uncover, is a celebration of the books we all loved as kids and which we all love reading to our own children and grandchildren.”

The book also explores the significant value that some first edition books and original art can carry, likely sending readers running for their bookshelves or those boxes in the garage where they stored their old books. For instance: a First Edition of Where the Wild Thing Are sold for an impressive $8,400, while Garth Williams’ original Charlotte’s Web book cover illustration sold for a jaw-dropping $155,350 at auction. First Edition editions of classic like Curious George can net strong five figure prices realized, such as the copy that sold $26,290 shown in the book.

This delightful hardcover book features: more than 100 years of classic and collectible Children Books, including values for signed and unsigned First Edition works; 500 color images; original art from such masters as Garth Williams (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and Dr. Seuss; collecting tips, what to look for when buying, and lists of suggested readings by era for those seeking to rediscover the pleasure--and value--found in children's literature. 

“These books have delighted generations of the young and the young at heart with amazing adventure, timeless storytelling and incredible illustrations that remain indelibly inked on the brains of readers, said co-author Lauren Zittle. “We hope you find this to be a beautifully illustrated and informative salute to the form that we love so much.”

 This would make an excellent Christmas gift! Think of your teacher friends/relatives or those collector of books. Wonderful gift of memories, art and nostalgia for them!

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