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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [LOU LOUBER] S. FRANKE. GOUDEN VLINDERS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [LOU LOUBER] S. FRANKE. GOUDEN VLINDERS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1,20010 Bids
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [PICTUREBOOKS] (1) THE A'S AND THE K'S OR TWICE THREE IS SIX
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [PICTUREBOOKS] (1) THE A'S AND THE K'S OR TWICE THREE IS SIX
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1604 Bids
Illustrated Children's Books
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Illustrated Children's Books
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$303 Bids
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] (1) ERNEST CRISET. THE THREE BEAUTIFUL MARINERS. LONDON & EDINBURGH, W.P. NIMMO, CA. 1870
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] (1) ERNEST CRISET. THE THREE BEAUTIFUL MARINERS. LONDON & EDINBURGH, W.P. NIMMO, CA. 1870
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1903 Bids
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] JULES VERNE. WONDERREIZEN
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] JULES VERNE. WONDERREIZEN
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1002 Bids
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PUB. 1960, ILLUSTRATED, "GREEN EGGS AND HAM" BY DR. SEUSS, HARDCOVER BOOK.
Dec 04, 2:00 PM EST
PUB. 1960, ILLUSTRATED, "GREEN EGGS AND HAM" BY DR. SEUSS, HARDCOVER BOOK.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $75- $150
$102 Bids
A box lot of books for Teens
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
A box lot of books for Teens
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [STRUWWELPETER] TWELVE TITLES: (1) THE POLITICAL STRUWWELPETER
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [STRUWWELPETER] TWELVE TITLES: (1) THE POLITICAL STRUWWELPETER
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €150
€801 Bid
Vintage c. 1950 Little Miss Christmas & Santa Coloring Book
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage c. 1950 Little Miss Christmas & Santa Coloring Book
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SIX MISCELL. (RARE) TITLES: (1) TH. MESSENER. HERINNERINGEN VAN EENE OUDE MUSCH,
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SIX MISCELL. (RARE) TITLES: (1) TH. MESSENER. HERINNERINGEN VAN EENE OUDE MUSCH,
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €70- €140
€701 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SAMUIL MARSAK. DUM KOCKY MODROOCKY
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SAMUIL MARSAK. DUM KOCKY MODROOCKY
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
A number of young children's books
Dec 10, 2:00 PM AEDT
A number of young children's books
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] BENJAMIN RABIER. GEDEON MECANO
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] BENJAMIN RABIER. GEDEON MECANO
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €70- €120
€701 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [RUSSIAN PICTUREBOOKS] C. MARSCHAK. VOLKSRIJMPJES/BEN IK 'T WEL, OF BEN IK 'T NIET?
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [RUSSIAN PICTUREBOOKS] C. MARSCHAK. VOLKSRIJMPJES/BEN IK 'T WEL, OF BEN IK 'T NIET?
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €70- €120
€701 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [SINTERKLAAS] (1) SINT NICOLAAS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] [SINTERKLAAS] (1) SINT NICOLAAS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €150
€801 Bid
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SEVEN PUBL. BY EL PINTOR (PS. GALINKA EHRENFEST AND JACOB KLOOT): (1) METROPOLIA
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[CHILDREN'S BOOKS] SEVEN PUBL. BY EL PINTOR (PS. GALINKA EHRENFEST AND JACOB KLOOT): (1) METROPOLIA
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
RARE Ragedy Ann Books 1939,1951,1942,1948
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
RARE Ragedy Ann Books 1939,1951,1942,1948
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
1914 Children's Book Illustration, The Woodpecker
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
1914 Children's Book Illustration, The Woodpecker
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $25- $50
$200 Bids
Caspari, G. u. W.
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CET
Caspari, G. u. W.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
Sammlung
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CET
Sammlung
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €140- €200
€1400 Bids
Een nieuw aardig Prentenboek.
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CET
Een nieuw aardig Prentenboek.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
The Three Little Pigs McLoughlin story book
Dec 28, 6:00 PM EST
The Three Little Pigs McLoughlin story book
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $35- $60
$250 Bids
32 HISTOIRES ENFANTINES
Dec 03, 9:30 AM CET
32 HISTOIRES ENFANTINES
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€250 Bids
The Bumper book by Watty Piper
Dec 06, 11:30 PM EST
The Bumper book by Watty Piper
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$350 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Children's Books


Dominic Winter Auctions

Dominic Winter Auctions

Zwiggelaar Auctions

Zwiggelaar Auctions

Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC