Do You Own $1,000's In Collectible Children's Books?
Welcome to the Children's Picturebook Price Guide website and blog!
This website offers free information for the beginning and advanced collector of contemporary children's picturebooks. We provide a solid introduction to the hobby, children's book values, and first edition identification points for key picturebooks, including Dr. Seuss and Caldecott Medal books.
We are the authors of the Children's Picturebook Price Guide, and have been passionate collectors of first edition children's books for over fifteen years. Our passion, and this website, concentrate on first edition picturebooks published from 1930 to present, including illustrators active today. See About Us for more than you want to know.
The focus of the book and website is more on illustrators than authors, which might at first seem strange. This makes sense upon consideration, since the picturebook's initial favorable impression upon young readers is nearly always due to the form and quality of the illustrations. In many cases the distinction is superfluous, since the illustrator and author are often the same person.
'Picturebooks' and not 'Picture Books?'
People often ask why we use the word 'picturebooks,' rather than the more familiar, and generally accepted, two words 'picture books.'
We consciously use the one word term as an homage to Barbara Bader, whose American Picturebook: From Noah's Ark To The Beast Within is considered the definitive treatment of the picturebook form. Bader's book provides information on the history of the contemporary picturebook, and detailed coverage of many of the great illustrators, from 1930-to-1970.
Site Organization & Overview
The navigation menu to the left is straightforward. The main categories are:
The navigation categories are repeated at the bottom of the page.
As you can see, each of the main categories have self explanatory sub-categories. The entry page for Identifying First Edition Books is just an introductory treatment.
The most extensive set of pages are the blog posts. We are making about three or four posts per week. The majority of the blog posts are first edition identification points for key children's books. Since the navigation in the blog can be a bit cumbersome, we have indexed the posts on a webpage First Edition Identification Points
Most Valuable Books
Childrens Book Values
Identifying First Edition Books
Identifying First Editions
First Edition Identification Points
On each of the web pages, the title of the book links to its first edition identification points. In many cases, the points will include photographs of the book's essential identifying points. Our intention is to post first edition points for Dr. Seuss, Caldecott award, and other key children's picturebooks at the rate of two to three per week.
Factors Affecting A Book's Collectibility & Desirabillity
Factors Affecting A Book's Collectibility
Book Collecting Information
Childrens Picturebook Collecting Blog
Childrens Picturebook Collecting Blog
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