Collecting, Identifying, and Valuing First Edition Childrens Books

Newbery Medal Books With Notable Illustrators

xx Within the book collecting hobby, in general, the first edition Newbery Medal books have higher collector interest than the Caldecott Medal books. This is especially evident over the past thirty years, where market values of first edition Newbery books have increased dramatically. 

The Newbery winners as a whole, being chapter books, have not been included in the Children's Picturebook Price Guide. However, many of the Newbery books include artwork by illustrators covered by the Price Guide, so for the sake of biblographic completeness, the books have been included in the artist's titles.

The Newbery has been awarded by the American Library Association since 1922:

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newbery Award Books, With Illustrations!

We've documented eighty-one Newbery books with pictures and/or cover art by illustrators listed in the Price Guide. Twenty-eight of the books won the Newbery Medal. Twenty-four of the books were both written and illustrated by a single individual, including Robert Lawson and Wanda Gag.

A Visit To William Blake's Inn is the only book to win both a Newbery and Caldecott award. In 1982, Nancy Willard was awarded the Newbery Medal for the story, while Alice and Martin Provenson won a Caldecott Honor for the illustrations.

Two of Wanda Gag's picturebooks, Millions Of Cats (1929) and ABC Bunny (1933), along with another picturebook, Honk The Moose (1936), won Newbery Honor awards in the years prior to the inception of the Caldecott awards. The only other picturebook to win a Newbery awards for writing was William Steig's Dr. DeSoto (1982).

Caldecott Medal winner Maurice Sendak's artwork can be found in six of the Newbery books.

The table lists values for first edition books, with dust jackets!

Newbery Medal and Honor Books - Picturebook Illustrators
Year Book Title Award Winning Author Illustrator VG+ Fine
1922 The Golden Fleece NH Padraic Colum Willy Pogany $460
1928 Gay-Neck NM Dhan Gopal Mukerji Boris Artzybasheff $540
1929 Millions Of Cats NH Wanda Gag Wanda Gag $4,000
1930 Hitty, Her First Hundred Years NM Rachel Field Dorothy P. Lathrop $940
1931 The Cat Who Went To Heaven NM Elizabeth Coatsworth Lynd Ward $780
1932 Waterless Mountain NM Laura Adams Armer Laura Adams Armer $1,200
1932 The Fairy Circus NH Dorothy P. Lathrop Dorothy P. Lathrop $520
1933 Young Fu Of The Upper Yangtze NM Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Kurt Wiese $760
1934 The ABC Bunny NH Wanda Gag Wanda Gag $1,400
1936 Caddie Woodlawn NM Carol Ryrie Brink Kate Seredy $1,000
1936 Honk, The Moose NH Kate Seredy Kurt Wiese $480
1936 The Good Master NH Phil Stong Kate Seredy $260
1937 Phoebe Fairchild NH Lois Lenski Lois Lenski $380
1937 The Golden Basket NH Ludwig Bemelmans Ludwig Bemelmans $480
1938 The White Stag NM Kate Seredy Kate Seredy $560
1938 Pecos Bill NH James Bowman Laura Bannon $140
1939 Mr Popper's Penguins NH Richard & Florence Atwater Robert Lawson $400
1940 Daniel Boone NM James Daugherty James Daugherty $640
1940 The Singing Tree NH Kate Seredy Kate Seredy $240
1941 The Long Winter NH Laura Ingalls Wilder Helen Sewell $1,200
1942 The Matchlock Gun NM Walter D. Edmonds Paul Lantz $540
1942 Indian Captive NH Lois Lenski Lois Lenski $320
1942 Little Town On The Prairie NH Laura Ingalls Wilder Helen Sewell $1,200
1943 Adam Of The Road NM Elizabeth Gray Vining Robert Lawson $400
1943 The Middle Moffat NH Eleanor Estes Louis Slobodkin $380
1944 Johnny Tremain NM Esther Forbes Lynd Ward $520
1944 Rufus M. NH Eleanor Estes Louis Slobodkin $240
1945 Rabbit Hill NM Robert Lawson Robert Lawson $360
1945 The Hundred Dresses NH Alice Dalgliesh Louis Slobodkin $220
1945 The Silver Pencil NH Eleanor Estes Katherine Milhous $200
1946 Strawberry Girl NM Lois Lenski Lois Lenski $1,200
1946 Justin Morgan Had A Horse NH Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis $220
1947 Miss Hickory NM Carolyn Sherwin Bailey Ruth Gannett $500
1947 Big Tree NH Mary Buff Conrad Buff $160
1948 The Twenty-One Balloons NM William Pene Du Bois William Pene Du Bois $280
1948 Misty Of Chincoteague NH Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis $220
1948 Pancakes-Paris NH Claire Huchet Bishop Georges Schreiber $140
1949 King Of The Wind NM Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis $480
1949 My Father's Dragon NH Ruth Stiles Gannett Ruth Chrisman Gannett $220
1949 Seabird NH Holling C. Holling Holling C. Holling $260
1950 The Door In The Wall NM Marguerite De Angeli Marguerite De Angeli $460
1952 Ginger Pye NM Eleanor Estes Louis Slobodkin $440
1952 Minn Of The Mississippi NH Holling C. Holling Holling C. Holling $240
1952 The Apple And The Arrow NH Mary Buff Conrad Buff $140
1953 Secret Of The Andes NM Ann Nolan Clark Jean Charlot $440
1953 Charlotte's Web NH E. B. White Garth Williams $980
1953 The Bears On Hemlock Mountain NH Alice Dalgliesh Helen Sewell $200
1954 ... And Now Miguel NM Joseph Krumgold Jean Charlot $440
1954 Hurry Home, Candy NH Mary Buff Conrad Buff $540
1954 Magic Maize NH Meindert De Jong Maurice Sendak $140
1954 Shadrach NH Meindert De Jong Maurice Sendak $360
1955 The Wheel On The School NM Meindert De Jong Maurice Sendak $800
1955 The Courage Of Sarah Noble NH Alice Dalgliesh Leonard Weisgard $200
1957 Black Fox Of Lorne NH Marguerite De Angeli Marguerite De Angeli $220
1957 The House Of Sixty Fathers NH Meindert De Jong Maurice Sendak $520
1958 The Great Wheel NH Robert Lawson Robert Lawson $280
1959 Along Came A Dog NH Meindert De Jong Maurice Sendak $400
1961 The Cricket In Times Square NH George Selden Garth Williams $260
1966 The Animal Family NH Randall Jarrell Maurice Sendak $340
1968 The Fearsome Inn NH Isaac Bashevis Singer Nonny Hogrogian $140
1969 To Be A Slave NH Isaac Bashevis Singer Tom Feelings $100
1969 When Shlemiel Went To Warsaw NH Julius Lester Margot Zemach $140
1971 Kneeknock Rise NH Natalie Babbitt Natalie Babbitt $70 $90
1972 Annie And The Old One NH Miska Miles Peter Parnall $50 $60
1973 Julie Of The Wolves NM Jean Craighead George John Schoenherr $180 $240
1973 Frog And Toad Together NH Arnold Lobel Arnold Lobel $120 $180
1975 Figgs & Phantoms NH Ellen Raskin Ellen Raskin $60 $80
1977 Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry NM Mildred Taylor Jerry Pinkney $180 $260
1977 Abel's Island NH William Steig William Steig $80 $120
1979 The Westing Game NM Ellen Raskin Ellen Raskin $180 $240
1982 A Visit To William Blake's Inn NM Nancy Willard A. & M. Provensen $240 $320
1983 Doctor DeSoto NH William Steig William Steig $70 $90
1984 Dear Mr. Henshaw NM Beverly Cleary Paul O. Zelinsky $140 $200
1985 Like Jake And Me NH Mavis Jukes Lloyd Bloom $50 $70
1987 The Whipping Boy NM Sid Fleischman Peter Sis $160 $200
1989 Joyful Noise NM Paul Fleischman Eric Beddows $120 $160
1989 In The Beginning NH Virginia Hamilton Barry Moser $50 $70
1993 The Dark Thirty NH Patricia McKissack Brian Pinkney $60 $90
2000 26 Fairmount Avenue NH Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola $50 $70
2001 The Wanderer NH Sharon Creech David Diaz $60 $90
2004 Olive's Ocean NH Kevin Henkes Kevin Henkes $35 $50

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