Feb 082015
2015 Caldecott Awards Announced!

Every year at it's mid-Winter Conference the American Library Association presents the Caldecott Award "to the artist of the most distinguished American picturebook for children." In addition to the Medal award, several Honor awards are presented to the runner-ups in the category. The awards were announced this past Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The day of […]

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 […]

Feb 082014
First Edition Identification - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

First Edition Identification Points – Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar, A Seriously Rare Edition A first edition of Eric Carle’s 1969 The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a very difficult book to find. Prior to 2013, in twenty years of collecting children’s picturebooks, I had never seen a first edition copy for sale. Sadly, […]

Jan 292013
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2013 Caldecott Awards Announced

2013 Caldecott Medal Winner The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press). This Is Not My Hat is Raschka's second Caldecott Medal, having won the 2006 award for The Hello, Goodbye Window. This Is Not My Hat is a wordless picturebook. From the American Library Association's […]

Jan 272013
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Search for the first 40 Caldecott Medal Winners

Searching For The First Forty Caldecott Medal Books Last year I 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. I recently performed a similar search, this time […]

Sep 302012
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Scarcity Versus Demand For First Edition Picturebooks

The Precarious Balance: Scarcity and Demand for First Edition Picturebooks As most experienced book collectors and booksellers know, the scarcity of a book has a major impact on its value in the market. Scarcity in and of itself does not drive value, but instead value results from a combination of scarcity and demand. For books, […]

Mar 062012
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Cutting Corners

Experienced booksellers and book collectors have come upon the front flaps of dust jackets with the top or bottom corner clipped, yet, strangely the books’ price still evident on the uncut corner. Why is the DJ’s corner cut off and the price still evident? Why cut the book’s corner at all? This mystery is explained […]

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 […]