Apr 262007
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Most Valuable First Edition Picturebooks

Dr. Seuss Bartholomew and the OobleckThe following table lists fifty illustrators in the Children’s Picturebook Price Guide with the highest average book value. The value would be for first edition books, with dust jackets. The table also includes the number of books listed in the price guide for each illustrator.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Seuss heads the list, with an average value of $1183 for the 53 books listed in the price guide. We did not include the books he authored under the pseudonym Theo LeSieg, which were all illustrated by others. If you should stumble upon a first edition Green Eggs And Ham at your local Friends of the Library sale, then consider adding it to your purchase stack.

The top seven illustrators in the list are pretty much as expected, however Thomas Handforth at number eight is a bit surprising. Handforth only has five books listed, and one of them, Mei Li, the 1939 Caldecott Medal book, is valued at $1600, thereby increasing the average of the small lot of books. A similar aberration is for Nancy Elkholm Burkett, who did the illustrations for Raold Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach, a book which sells for over $3000 in today’s market.

We will leave the remainder of the analysis and commentary to the reader. Children’s picturebook collectors should be familiar with most illustrators on the list; if not, then a bit of homework via Google or Wikipedia will provide some base level information.

Most Valuable Picturebook Illustrators 

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  1. hello,
    i came across 14 of Dr. Suess books at a yrd sale they are in good condition the tittles are:If I Ran The Circus copyright date 1956,Horton Hatches The Egg copyright date 1940,Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose copyright date 1948,2 of The King Stilts copyright date 1939,Happy Birthday To You copyright date 1959 renewed 1987,How The Grinch Stole Christmas copyright date 1957,Bartholomew And The Oobleck copyright date 1949,Yertle The Turtle copyright date 1950,1951,1958,Sleep Book copyright date 1962,If I Ran The Zoo copyright date 1950,The Sneetches and Other Stories copyright date 1953,1954,1961,On Beyong Zebra copyright date 1955,and Horton Hears A Who copyright date 1954.i would like to know the value on these books and where i could sell them my email address is mcconnell25@att.net and my phone number is 405 221 5064 again if u could help me out i would really appreciate it. Anxiously Waiting, Amber McConnell