Aug 082007
 August 8, 2007  Posted by at 8:01 am

A New ‘Most Valuable Children’s Picturebook’

The Little House

Previous to the July 2007 PBA Galleries auction, we had listed Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, the 1964 Caldecott Medal winning book, as the most valuable picturebook in the The Children’s Picturebook Price Guide. At the PBA auction, a copy of Where The Wild Things Are sold for a respectable $6,900. See here for actual auction description and results.

On the same day, at the same auction, the first edition Curious George sold for $21,850, and a first edition The LIttle House, the 1943 Caldecott Medal winning book, sold for $9,775.

In our Children’s Picturebook Price Guide we listed the first edition Where The Wild Things Are as the most valuable picturebook. Obviously, this is no longer true. We now consider Curious George the most valuable children’s picturebook.

Even though The Little House sold for nearly $10,000, we do not consider it to be the most valuable Caldecott Medal winning book. Instead, we think Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings, the 1942 Caldecott Medal book, would be the most valuable Caldecott, followed by Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House. The first edition Where The Wild Things Are would be the third most valuable Caldecott Medal book, and the fourth most valuable children’s picturebook.

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