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Children's Books

Until the 18th century, there was no specific genre of books for children, but children’s books became popular in England during the 1700s. Earlier children’s books featured almost no pictures, and were written mainly for the moral instruction of young people.

"A Token for Children" by James Janeway is one such example, with a subtitle describing "An Exact Account of the Conversion, Holy and Exemplary Lives and Joyful Deaths of Several Young Children." The plot involved children on their deathbeds listing common sins of children and, by rejecting such sins, receiving their eternal joy.

Some innovative artists and writers began to invent children’s literature with the creation of pop-up books, adventure stories, and illustrated books. What caused this change was a combination of several factors including innovation, the growth of the middle class, leaps forward in the publishing industry, and a new view of childhood.

Readers and collectors still cherish children’s literature much as they did during the first booming period of children’s books in the late 18th century. The attraction of children’s books lies in the vibrant illustrations or exciting tales that fill their pages. Some of the biggest sellers on the market are classics such as "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll and "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. Top sellers also include the work of modern authors, such as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" by J.K. Rowling. Many of these books have film adaptations, and the continuation of their collectability indicates that they are beloved by children and adults alike.


Quick Facts

  • A first edition first issue of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain sold for $1,920 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2014
  • A first edition of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis with the dust jacket sold for $10,241 at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014
  • One of 200 signed presentation copies of "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame with the original book jacket sold for $16,002 at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014

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A box of assorted children's books
Oct 30, 10:00 AM AEDT
A box of assorted children's books
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
Verne (Jules): Les Voyages Extraordinaires,
Nov 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Verne (Jules): Les Voyages Extraordinaires,
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£101 Bid
110 Circa 1905-1950s Postcards Children Signed
Nov 06, 12:30 PM EDT
110 Circa 1905-1950s Postcards Children Signed
by Smith Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Byzantium 3-box set John Julius Norwich. The Folio Society
Nov 07, 4:00 PM PDT
Byzantium 3-box set John Julius Norwich. The Folio Society
by 4th Meridian Fine Art
Est: $150- $300
$901 Bid
Box lot Misc. Children's Books
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
Box lot Misc. Children's Books
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $40- $120
$101 Bid
Assorted Children’s Toys
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Children’s Toys
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Count Belasarius by Robert Graves, The Folio Society
Nov 07, 4:00 PM PDT
Count Belasarius by Robert Graves, The Folio Society
by 4th Meridian Fine Art
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
Dr Seuss: Yertle, Horton~ Kelley: Blabber Mouse
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
Dr Seuss: Yertle, Horton~ Kelley: Blabber Mouse
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
5 Childrens Bks: Gabby Goose, Sunny Day, Merry
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
5 Childrens Bks: Gabby Goose, Sunny Day, Merry
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $30- $50
$201 Bid
Antique Children's Book OUT DOOR SPORTS FOR BOYS, 1890
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Children's Book OUT DOOR SPORTS FOR BOYS, 1890
by Artelisted
Est: $200- $300
$271 Bid
Rare Children's The Book Of Christmas And Winter McLoughlin
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Children's The Book Of Christmas And Winter McLoughlin
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $200
$181 Bid
(6pc) Vintage Children’s Books
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Vintage Children’s Books
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Rare Antique Book Goldilocks and the Three Bears Pop-Up
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Antique Book Goldilocks and the Three Bears Pop-Up
by Artelisted
Est: $200- $300
$271 Bid
Mystery Manor by M.E. Atkinson hardback book 407 pages Published 1940 The Children's Book Club. Good
Oct 29, 6:00 PM BST
Mystery Manor by M.E. Atkinson hardback book 407 pages Published 1940 The Children's Book Club. Good
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £6- £8
£60 Bids
1914 Children's Book Illustration, The Woodpecker
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
1914 Children's Book Illustration, The Woodpecker
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $25- $50
$200 Bids
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- BARTJENS, W. De vernieuwde cyfferinge. Waar uit men meest alle
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- BARTJENS, W. De vernieuwde cyfferinge. Waar uit men meest alle
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €65- €80
€650 Bids
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- SCHRÖCK, J.G.(=J.M.). Kort begrip der algemeene geschiedenis voor jonge
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- SCHRÖCK, J.G.(=J.M.). Kort begrip der algemeene geschiedenis voor jonge
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €80- €100
€800 Bids
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- WITSEN GEYSBEEK, P.G. De kleine Zimmerman, of de Aarde en
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
CHILDREN'S BOOKS -- WITSEN GEYSBEEK, P.G. De kleine Zimmerman, of de Aarde en
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €240- €300
€2400 Bids
Rare Children's Book Black Beauty M. A. Donohue
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Children's Book Black Beauty M. A. Donohue
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $100
$180 Bids
Rare Children's Book American Boys And Girls Speaker
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Children's Book American Boys And Girls Speaker
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $100
$180 Bids
Rare Children's Boys' Book Of Adventures M. A. Donohue
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Children's Boys' Book Of Adventures M. A. Donohue
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $200
$180 Bids
Antique Children's Bunny Boy Magic Action Book Pop-Up
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Children's Bunny Boy Magic Action Book Pop-Up
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $150
$180 Bids
Rare Children's Book The Little Lame Prince Mulock
Oct 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Rare Children's Book The Little Lame Prince Mulock
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $200
$180 Bids

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