Jan 192015
Search For The First Forty Caldecott Medal Books

Searching For The First Forty Caldecott Medal Books I recently performed a search for first editions of the first forty Caldecott Medal books (covering the award years 1938-thru-1978) to determine the number of books currently being offered for sale. The search was identical to an internet search I completed a couple of years ago, and […]

Mar 242012
Search For The 2nd Twenty Caldecott Medal Books

Searching For The Second Twenty Caldecott Medal Books A couple of months ago we performed an internet search for the first editions of the first twenty Caldecott Medal books to determine the number of books currently being offered for sale, and similar to past searches, calculate the average selling price. This past week we performed […]

Mar 042012

A first edition The Little House is a scarce bird, rarely sighted in public. First edition copies of Virginia Lee Burton’s 1943 Caldecott Medal winning book are one of the scarcest contemporary children’s picturebook to find. One is currently being offered for sale on ABEBooks. It can be yours for $12,500. [Caveat emptor: I have […]

Feb 012011
Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks - Part 2

Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks – Overview A series of articles to select the Top 100 Collectible Children’s Picturebooks, providing the rationale for each book’s inclusion, with an objective of providing readers with the context for valuing first editions within the genre. Within the hobby value is a combination of scarcity and collectibility: very scarce and […]

Jan 242010
A Book Collectors Perspective, Jerry Pinkney

This past Monday at the American Library Association’s mid-winter conference, Jerry Pinkney earned his first Caldecott Medal awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Well deserved, I might add. Pinkney had previously won five Caldecott Honor awards over his forty year career. Winning the Caldecott Medal enhances the […]

Jan 172008

A first edition Make Way For Ducklings, Robert McCloskey’s 1942 Caldecott Medal winning book, has recently surfaced for sale. We haven’t seen a copy for years, so it will be interesting to see how long this book stays on the market. From the item description: MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Robert McCloskey      Book Price: US$ […]

Jan 152008
ALA Announces 2008 Caldecott Award Winners

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner The 2008 Caldecott Medal winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls […]

May 182007
The Little House - 1st Edition Identification

A first edition copy of The Little House, the 1943 Caldecott Medal winning book, is coming up for auction on July 12, 2007 at PBA Galleries. The first edition The Little House is very difficult to find, and some have estimated the book will sell for close to $10,000. The Children’s Picturebook Price Guide estimates […]

Mar 222007
Flotsam (2007)

Caldecott Medal First Edition Identification Flotsam; written and illustrated by David Wiesner; Clarion Books, 2006. 2007 Caldecott Medal Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $50 Fine From Janice Harayda’s excellent One-Minute Book Reviews blog: "David Wiesner won the 2007 Caldecott Medal today for an eloquent, wordless picture book that encourages children to find the magic in everyday life. […]

Feb 212007
Frog Went A-Courtin (1955)

Caldecott Medal First Edition Identification Frog Went A-Courtin’; written by John Langstaff; illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; Harcourt Brace, 1955. 1956 Caldecott Medal Award Children’s Picturebook Price Guide value – $800 VG+   Rojankovsky illustrated several books in the 1930’s under the pseudonym ‘Rojan’.  He illustrated a number of the early Little Golden Books, including the […]