See also: Children's literature
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This is a list of children's classic books published before 1985 and still available in the English language.
Books specifically for children existed by the 17th century. Before that, books were written mainly for adults – although some later became popular with children. In Europe, Gutenberg's invention of the printing press around 1440 made possible mass production of books, though the first printed books were quite expensive and remained so for a long time. Gradually, however, improvements in printing technology lowered the costs of publishing and made books more affordable to the working classes, who were also likely to buy smaller and cheaper broadsides, chapbooks, pamphlets, tracts, and early newspapers, all of which were widely available before 1800. In the 19th century, improvements in paper production, as well as the invention of cast-iron, steam-powered printing presses, enabled book publishing on a very large scale, and made books of all kinds affordable by all.
Scholarship on children's literature includes professional organizations, dedicated publications, and university courses.
Before 18th century
|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||L. Frank Baum||1900|||
|The Tigers of Mompracem||Emilio Salgari||1900|
|Five Children and It||E. Nesbit||1902|||
|Just So Stories||Rudyard Kipling||1902|||
|The Tale of Peter Rabbit||Beatrix Potter||1902|||
|King Arthur and His Knights||Howard Pyle||1902-3|
|The Call of the Wild||Jack London||1903|||
|Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm||Kate Douglas Wiggin||1903|||
|A Little Princess||Frances Hodgson Burnett||1905|||
|The Railway Children||E. Nesbit||1906|
|White Fang||Jack London||1906|
|Anne of Green Gables||Lucy Maud Montgomery||1908|||
|The Wind in the Willows||Kenneth Grahame||1908|||
|The Secret Garden||Frances Hodgson Burnett||1909/1911|||
|Peter and Wendy||J. M. Barrie||1911|| Based on the author's play Peter Pan (1904)|
|The Lost World||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||1912|
|Pollyanna||Eleanor H. Porter||1913|||
|The Magic Pudding||Norman Lindsay||1918|||
|Raggedy Ann||Johnny Gruelle||1918|
|The Story of Doctor Dolittle||Hugh Lofting||1920|||
|The Heart of a Dog||Albert Payson Terhune||1921|||
|Juan Bobo||Puerto Rican school children||1921|||
|The Velveteen Rabbit||Margery Williams||1922|||
|The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle||Hugh Lofting||1922|||
|The Dark Frigate||Charles Boardman Hawes||1923|||
|Smoky the Cowhorse||Will James||1926|||
|Winnie-the-Pooh||A. A. Milne||1926|||
|The House at Pooh Corner||A. A. Milne||1928|||
|The Trumpeter of Krakow||Eric P. Kelly||1928|||
|Emil and the Detectives||Erich Kästner||1929|||
|Swallows and Amazons||Arthur Ransome||1930–1931|||
|Little House in the Big Woods||Laura Ingalls Wilder||1932|||
|Mary Poppins||P. L. Travers||1934|
|Ballet Shoes||Noel Streatfeild||1936|
|The Hobbit||J. R. R. Tolkien||1937|||
|The Sword in the Stone||T. H. White||1938|
|My Name Is Aram||William Saroyan||1940||Children's immigrant experience in the US|
|Curious George||H. A. Rey||1941|
|Five on a Treasure Island||Enid Blyton||1942|
|Johnny Tremain||Esther Forbes||1943|||
|The Little Prince||Antoine de Saint-Exupéry||1943|||
|Pippi Longstocking||Astrid Lindgren||1945|||
|The Little White Horse||Elizabeth Goudge||1946|
|Thomas the Tank Engine||Wilbert Awdry||1946|
|Goodnight Moon||Margaret Wise Brown||1947|||
|Finn Family Moomintroll||Tove Jansson||1949|||
|The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe||C.S. Lewis||1950|||
|Charlotte's Web||E. B. White||1952|||
|The Borrowers||Mary Norton||1952|
|The Children of Green Knowe||Lucy M. Boston||1954|
|The Hundred and One Dalmatians||Dodie Smith||1956|
|The Cat in the Hat||Dr. Seuss||1957||First high quality limited-vocabulary book, written for early readers|
|Tom's Midnight Garden||Philippa Pearce||1958|
|A Bear Called Paddington||Michael Bond||1958|
|The Rescuers||Margery Sharp||1959|
|James and the Giant Peach||Roald Dahl||1961|||
|The Phantom Tollbooth||Norton Juster||1961|||
|Where the Wild Things Are||Maurice Sendak||1963|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Roald Dahl||1964|||
|A Wizard of Earthsea||Ursula K. Le Guin||1968||With its sequels, it broke ground for epic fantasy in several ways: the first book had a non-white hero, the later books explored the role of gender in fantasy and power, and the quest structure is not good vs. evil but balance.|
|Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret||Judy Blume||1970||approached puberty more openly than children's books had in the past.|
|Watership Down||Richard Adams||1972|
|A Taste of Blackberries||Doris Buchanan Smith||1973||Taboo-breaking children's book (Grades 4-6) concerning a child's first grief experience. HarperCollins. 19th edition published 2005.|
|Jumanji||Chris Van Allsburg||1981|
|The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾||Sue Townsend||1982|
- ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzaaabacadaeafagahaiajakalamanaoapaqarasatauavawaxayazbabbbcNesbit, Eva Marie. "Classic novels". Cullinan & Person 2003. pp. 171–175.
- ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvSilvey 1995, pp. xi–xvi
- ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzaaabacadaeafagahaiajakalamHunt 2001, p. xvi–xxii
- ^Vijay Bedekar (27 December 2008). "Seminar on 'Suhbashita, Panchatantra & Gnomic Literature in Ancient & Medieval India'". Institute for Oriental Study, Thane. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- ^Silvey 1995, p. 3
- ^Temple, Olivia; Temple, Robert K. G. (translators) (1998). Aesop, The Complete Fables. New York: Penguin Classics. ISBN 0-14-044649-4.
- ^Silvey 1995, p. 25,86
- ^Lyons (2008). Three tales from the Arabian nights. translated by Malcolm C. Lyons, Robert Irwin, and Ursula Lyons ; with an introduction by Robert Irwin. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-1-84614-158-4.
- ^Epstein, Connie C. (1991). The Art of Writing for Children. Archon Books. p. 2. ISBN 0-208-02297-X.
- ^Comenius, John Amos (1999). Orbis Pictus : [Orbis Sensualium Pictus. A world of things obvious to the scenes drawn in pictures] ([Faks.Repr.] ed.). Kessinger. ISBN 978-0-7661-0825-7.
- ^Janeway, James (1994). A token for children : being an exact account of the conversion, holy and exemplary lives and joyful deaths of several young children in two parts. To which is added, A token for the children of New England / by Cotton Mather. Pittsburgh, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications. ISBN 978-1-877611-76-6.
- ^Defoe, Daniel (2001). Robinson Crusoe (Modern Library paperback ed.). New York: The Modern Library. ISBN 978-0-375-75732-7.
- ^Swift, Jonathan (2002). Rivero, Albert J., ed. Gulliver's travels. Based on the 1726 text : contexts, criticism (1st ed.). New York: Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-95724-2.
- ^Perrault, Charles (1963). The complete fairy tales of Charles Perrault. Illustrated by Sally Holmes ; newly translated by Neil Philip and Nicoletta Simborowski ; with an introduction and notes on the story by Neil Philip. New York: Clarion Books. ISBN 978-0-395-57002-9.
- ^Newbery, John, ed. (2009). A Little pretty pocket-book. Dodo Press. ISBN 978-1-4099-4974-9.
- ^Welsh, Charles (2010). Goody Two Shoes (reprint ed.). Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-1-162-75622-6.
- ^Pickering, Samuel F., Jr. John Locke and Children's Books in Eighteenth-Century England. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1981. ISBN 0-87049-290-X.
- ^Darton, F. J. Harvey. Children's Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life. 3rd ed. Rev. Brian Alderson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1982), 146.
- ^Hoffman, E.T.A. (2003). The Nutcracker : the heirloom edition. Illustrated by Don Daily. Philadelphia: Running Press. ISBN 978-0-7624-1668-4.
- ^Scott, Sir Walter (2000). Ivanhoe (1st Tor ed.). New York: Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 978-0-8125-6565-2.
- ^Irving, Washington (1990). The legend of Sleepy Hollow. Introduction, afterword by Charles L. Grant] (1st Tor ed.). New York: Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 978-0-8125-0475-0.
- ^Irving, Washington (1993). Rip Van Winkle and other selected stories (1st Tor ed.). New York: TOR. ISBN 978-0-8125-2332-4.
- ^Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm (2006). Owens, Lily, ed. The complete Brothers Grimm fairy tales (Deluxe ed.). New York: Gramercy Books. ISBN 978-0-517-22925-5.
- ^Nesbit gave an incorrect date of 1863 for the publication. See, for example, Robert L. Patten (1978), Charles Dickens and His Publishers, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 288–293, ISBN 0198120761
- ^Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature by Humphrey Carpenter, 1985, Part II, Chapter 1: "It seemed to open the door to a new way of writing for, and about, children"
- ^ abcdefghijBaskin, Barbara H.; Harris, Karen. "Classics". Silvey 1995, pp. 140–142.
- ^Hunt 2001, p. 36
- ^Journal of American Folklore, Vol.34, p. 143; by J. Alden Mason & Aurelio M. Espinosa, ed.; 1921 Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- ^Hunt 2001, p. 361
- ^Hunt 2001, pp. 569–570
- ^Hunt 2001, pp. 406–407
- ^Hunt 2001, p. 97
- ^Silvey 1995, p. 350
- ^Introducing Children's Literature: From Romanticism to Postmodernism by Deborah Cogan Thacker, Routledge, 2002, page 123
- ^100 Best Books for Children by Anita Silvey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004, page 131
- ^"Doris Buchanan Smith". St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers. Gale Biography In Contex. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
- ^Trelease, Jim (2006). The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-14-303739-2.
- Kay E. Vandergrift. "Traditional Classics in Children's Literature". Rutgers University. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- Baker, Franklin Thomas; Abbot, Allan (2008) . A bibliography of children's reading (digitized ed.). Teachers College.
- Cullinan, Bernice E.; Person, Diane G., eds. (2003). The Continuum encyclopedia of children's literature (Reprinted ed.). New York, NY: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-1516-5.
- Hunt, Peter (2001). Children's literature (1st ed.). Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-21141-9.
- Hunt, Peter, ed. (1996). International companion encyclopedia of children's literature. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780203168127.
- Lundin, Anne (2004). Constructing the canon of children's literature : beyond library walls and ivory towers. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-8153-3841-4. A scholarly examination of canons of children's literature.
- Silvey, Anita, ed. (1995). Children's books and their creators. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0-395-65380-7. Includes a basic reading list on pp. xi–xvi.
- Spitz, Ellen Handler (2000). Inside picture books. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300084764.
- Thwaite, Mary F. (1972). From primer to pleasure in reading : an introduction to the history of children's books in England from the invention of printing to 1914 with an outline of some developments in other countries (1st American ed.). Boston: The Horn book. ISBN 978-0-87675-275-3.
- Zipes, Jack, ed. (2006). The Oxford encyclopedia of children's literature
| GIRLS SERIES BOOKS: A CHECKLIST OF TITLES PUBLISHED 1840-1991 |
Children's Literature Research Collections.
This publication is made possible by a grant from
Copyright (c) 1992 by the University of Minnesota.
This publication is respectfully dedicated to the memory of William Kirker Bixby, special friend and volunteer at CLRC from 1974 to 1986.
Completing this expanded edition about girls series books involved a number of contributors, revisors, and special gifts. The first edition
covered the years 1900 to 1975, and involved work by volunteers William Kirker Bixby and Mary Rapson along with staff members David Benidt and
Margaret Nevinski. During the past two years, staff member Deidre Johnson spearheaded the work toward this volume. When she left the university staff for a teaching position, Carolyn Davis assumed the final wrap-up tasks of making corrections and preparing the final copy.
Many other individuals participated in the project. J. Randolph Cox, librarian at St. Olaf College and Volunteer Consultant to the Hess Collection,
continues to catalog the series books. He also provided information on the Whitman editions. Edward T. LeBlanc, Editor of the Dime-Novel Round-Up,
assisted with the dime novel series of My Queen and donated series books to fill gaps. University Reference Librarian Dennis Lien worked on the
nineteenth century and science fiction series. Members of the Society of Phantom Friends submitted corrections and additions to the earlier edition
through the interceding years. Lois Ringquist and other staff at the Children's and Young Adult departments of the Minneapolis Public Library advised on the contemporary series, while Dr. John T. Dizer provided information on older series. Claudette Hegel Comfort helped with the later Trixie Belden publication dates. The Wilson Library Reference Department shared the OCLC
terminal for verifying entries.
Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) staff Lori Leirdahl and students Lynn McKay and Christine Scovill verified entries, while Jacalyn
Simacek, Lynn McKay, and Johanna Reed typed them.
University Library Administration and Management staff supporting aspects of this project include John Howe, Interim University Librarian, Thomas Shaughnessy, University Librarian, Joe Branin and Cynthia Steinke, Library Directors, and Frank Immler, Head, Collection Development. David Klaassen, Archivist at the Social Welfare History Archives, provided his computer and printer for the preparation of the final copy.
The Saint Paul Foundation, which supported the earlier publication, continues to support Hess Collection projects. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Hess Collection's arrival at the University of Minnesota Libraries, a Hess Symposium was held in June of 1991 in the Arthur Upson Room of Walter Library. Among the attendees were The Saint Paul Foundation President Paul A. Verret, staff liaison Edie Meisner and board member Ronald H. Hubbs. The foundation also provided funds for preparing this publication. William Kirker Bixby Memorial funds were designated by his daughters Elizabeth Bixby and Deborah Bixby Knutsen toward the completion of this project, on which "Bix" worked so many years as a volunteer.
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Almost fifteen years have elapsed since the Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) issued GIRLS' SERIES BOOKS 1900-1975, the first published checklist of American series for girls and younger children. As its introduction noted, it was intended as "a service for the librarian building similar collections, the scholar working in popular culture or children's literature, and the collector attempting to acquire a complete series." It encompassed series published between 1900 and 1975, including nineteenth-century series that continued into the twentieth century. At that time, a companion volume - this volume - was envisioned for earlier nineteenth-century girls' series. Since then, several factors combined to make an updated comprehensive volume more desirable. New series have been created since 1975; several ongoing series encompassed additional titles; others from 1900-1975 have been discovered, along with occasional errors in the previous edition (primarily in series order); and the CLRC's series collection has been increased by almost five hundred titles, making the older record of holdings outdated. Consequently,
a revised and updated book became the goal.
Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness. Information about additions and corrections is welcome. Correspondence should be addressed to:
Children's Literature Research Collections
113 Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455.
- Lisa Von Drasek
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Although the origins of contemporary series can be found in their nineteenth-century predecessors, series books have changed over time. The earliest series, originating during the middle third of that century, are heavily didactic, designed to convey moral and educational information. Many use younger children as protagonists. Rather than centering on children's adventures or travels, they describe the guilt or unhappiness caused by misbehavior, the protagonists' struggle to do right, and their eventual reconciliation with friends, family, and God - or the horrible consequences that befall those who fail to reform. Others contain lengthy passages about geography, history, or nature with only minimal story. Additionally, authors often developed thematic series, linked by concept rather than characters. FLOWERETS, for example, consists of six books, each with a different protagonist, illustrating the Ten Commandments.
Even when a nineteenth-century series uses continuing characters, this does not always mean they appear in prominent roles in each book. Since reform is a popular theme, a character may act as protagonist in one title, then, having triumphed over temptation, take a minor part in subsequent stories. An example of this can be found in the HOLLYWOOD STORIES, which, according to the subtitle of the first volume, shows "How Some City Boys and Girls Spent Their First Spring in the Country; How They Agreed To Be Young Christs, and What Kind of Companions They Found in Daisyfield." Other times, continuing characters appear in some titles, but not all. Frank and Flossy Lee have major roles in some RIVERDALE STORIES (set in and around the town of Riverdale), minor parts in others, and no parts in a few. It was not until after the 1860s that series placed greater emphasis upon character and plot. Even then, didacticism and instruction remained, as evidenced by the many pious passages in ELSIE DINSMORE or the geographical or historical discussions in the THREE VASSAR GIRLS.
Early nineteenth-century series present a particular challenge to bibliographers. The initial difficulty lies in identifying them. A few authors, such as Jacob Abbott, are well known, but many other prolific writers from the period never appear in histories of children's literature. The series listed
in this bibliography were found by cross-checking promising entries in the CLRC's chronological catalogue and the Philadelphia Free Library's
Checklist of Children's Books 1837-1876 against the NUC Pre-1956 Imprints and the American Catalogue, and through advertisements in the books themselves. A second obstacle is recognizing American series, for so little is apparently known about some authors that the same title can be catalogued as American fiction in one NUC entry and British fiction in the next. This volume includes titles in debate, believing they are of interest to the reader.
A third problem arises in identifying a true series, for the terms "series" and "library" were used loosely in the 1800s. A "library" can be either
titles with related characters or an overall theme or it can mean unrelated titles, sometimes reissues, in a uniform format. Without access to many
of the books or detailed information about them, it is frequently difficult to tell whether a book is actually part of a series. It is also difficult
to ascertain whether a book contains one story or a story collection. Those which were clearly unrelated titles or story collections--such as "Aunt
Fanny's" Nightcaps or Popguns books-have been omitted. There is still a need for a more comprehensive bibliography of nineteenth-century series,
one encompassing boys', girls', and miscellaneous series, for several of the girls' series were companion series to ones for boys. Notes at the
end of those entries mention the companion series, but do not give detailed listings.
The last fifteen years have witnessed major developments in children's
series. Paperback series, once predominantly the domain of religious publishers,
appeared with increasing frequency in the late 1970s, and as of this writing
almost all major publishing houses have paperback imprints for children.
The new format led to a renaissance in the genre. Girls' Series Books
1900-1975 listed only three series published between 1970 and 1975;
since then, over 230 additional series have appeared. These new series
reflect current publishing trends, which, ironically, hearken back to the
approach used by dime novel publishers: many series are owned or controlled
by publishers, who employ a variety of pseudonymous writers to meet monthly
or bimonthly publication schedules.
Three categories of series have become more prominent since 1975. One
is thematic, typified by series such as SWEET DREAMS or SUNFIRE. These
contain books by different authors, centering on a particular theme (frequently
romance), and do not use continuing characters. The books bear the series
title and usually a volume number on the cover or spine. Easy- readers
or "chapter books," (i.e., books with short chapters, designed for beginning
readers), such as EAGLE-EYE ERNIE or JENNY ARCHER, form the second category.
These feature continuing characters in light adventures or mysteries; the
books use large type, simple sentence structure, and often a limited vocabulary.
A third category, interactive fiction, emerged in the 1970s. Rather than
a continuing narrative, interactive fiction offers multiple story choices
and different endings. Books in series like HEARTQUEST or FOLLOW YOUR HEART
ROMANCES ask the reader to decide which of several actions she would take
at crucial points throughout the story then direct her to the appropriate
page, resulting in stories that can be reread with a different outcome
Several other tactics, occasionally evident in older series, continue
in newer books. One is the series based on a common location. For example,
the FEAR STREET horror series, heavily influenced by movies such as Nightmare
on Elm Street, follows the terrifying experiences of different characters
living on or near the aptly-titled Fear Street. ROOTS OF LOVE traces the
romances and personal problems of several members of two California dynasties.
Another approach employs continuing characters in secondary roles, helping
progatonists featured in only one book of the series. The waitress and
the owner of HEART BREAK CAFE serve as unifying elements in a series about
the love lives of different customers frequenting the cafe. Some volumes
in the long-running SWEET VALLEY HIGH titles also use this method. Still
others, such as SLEEPOVER FRIENDS and BABYSITTERS CLUB, feature a rotating
cast of protagonists, with each taking the lead every fourth or fifth book.
The phenomenal popularity of some series has also engendered spinoffs.
SWEET VALLEY HIGH began in 1983 with the adventures of two sixteen-year-old
twins, Elizabeth and Jessica. Three years later, SWEET VALLEY TWINS began
running concurrently, chronicling the pair's adventures as twelve-year-olds.
SWEET VALLEY KIDS, started in 1989, shows Jessica and Elizabeth at seven.
Nancy Drew became two different series in 1986, when Simon & Schuster
created NANCY DREW FILES, more sophisticated mysteries for older readers,
while continuing the ever-popular NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES for middle
grades. Nancy also acts as a minor character in RIVER HEIGHTS, a romance
series set in her home town. Publishers also discovered the appeal of "specials"--longer
books, issued once or twice a year, using the same characters as in regular
series. Consequently, many series actually have a sub-series of "Special"
volumes, such as SWEET VALLEY HIGH SUPER EDITIONS or SWEET VALLEY HIGH
SUPER THRILLERS, or, in the case of Nancy Drew, NANCY DREW/HARDY BOYS SUPER
As with their predecessors, series from the 1970s and 1980s treat a
variety of topics, appealing to a wide range of interests. Mystery and
romance prevail, typified by series such as HART AND SOUL, JODY AND JAKE,
KATE CLANCY, SUSAN SAND (all mysteries) or CAPRICE, SENIORS, WILDFIRE (romance).
Other areas covered include animal stories (ANIMAL INN, BLUE RIBBON, SADDLE
CLUB), fantasy (ABRACADABRA, HAUNTING WITH LOUISA), school stories (CHEERLEADERS,
CLASS OF '88, HOMEROOM, JUNIOR HIGH, KIDS OF POLK STREET SCHOOL), glamorous
careers (ALL THAT GLITTERS, CENTER STAGE, KELLY BLAKE), historical fiction
(AMERICAN GIRLS, ORPHAN TRAIN, SUNFIRE), sports (PINK PARROTS, RUTH MARINI),
science fiction (PLANET BUILDERS), and horror (DARK FORCES, FINAL FRIENDS).
Several series have adopted unusual approaches. PRIVATE SCHOOL, undoubtedly
influenced by several science fiction movies, tells of a girl whose boarding
school is taken over by aliens. FIREBRATS is set in the United States after
the devastation caused by World War Im. The HEART TO HEART series is actually
two books in one: the first chronicles the protagonist's life at age fourteen;
the second picks up three years later. In short, girls' series are again
big business, and a new generation of readers are discovering the pleasure
of following a favorite character through numerous adventures.
As with the earlier edition, Girls' Series Books 1840-1990 lists
American fictional series books for girls, this time including those series
that began between 1840 and 1990. As with the previous edition, this includes
many "tots" series-i.e., series for younger children featuring protagonists
of both genders--and series with toys, but excludes animal series. Many
of the parameters used for the original edition remain, specifically:
American books are defined as having an American author or being published
first in the United States of America. .. . "Fictional" stories are imaginative
and for the purpose of this checklist exclude animal and picture books
and nonfiction text.... Only books of 48 or more pages are included (Hoyle
Some parameters have been modified. The original edition defined a series
as "three or more books that have parallel titles or the same character."
The three-volume criterion still stands; however, the definition of series
has been expanded to include some thematic series because of their importance
to the field. Titles that were originally published as part of a thematic
series or were extensively advertised as such soon after their initial
publication are included. Examples are the BARTON BOOKS FOR GIRLS and SWEET
DREAMS. Publishers' series - those series where publishers later grouped
unrelated volumes, frequently by different authors, under an umbrella title
such as "Girl Chums" or "Maidenhood" - have been excluded.
The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by series title with cross
references to the main entry under alternate titles. The earlier edition
used parenthesis to distinguish between titles assigned by the compiler
and those listed in the publication; these have been deleted. Each entry
lists series title, followed by the stated author of the series; if this
is a known pseudonym, it is followed by the actual author's name in parenthesis.
(This reverses the procedure used in the earlier edition.) The original
publisher follows; reprint publishers are not given. If the original publication
was a paperback edition, (PB) appears after the publisher's name. Because
this edition includes three types of series which are often not of interest
to collectors, they are marked as such on the line following the publishers'
name: thematic, interactive, and easy reader. Although there are many interactive
series, such as "Choose Your Own Adventure," only those series specifically
intended for girls have been included here.
Volume numbers reflect order of publication; in some cases, such as
JANICE DAY, this differs from the internal chronology of the series. Whenever
possible, volume numbers correspond to the actual numbering of the series.
Some listings are incomplete: - amb. - followed by an empty line indicates
that records reveal the series had numbered volumes, but information about
a particular title is unknown. An asterisk before the title indicates a
copy is in the CLRC. Dates used are copyright dates, which are occasionally
for the year prior to actual publication, especially for nineteenth-century
series and January titles of contemporary series issued on a monthly basis.
Notes follow some series entries, clarifying material or conveying additional
information. A "Related series" or "Related titles" line refers to other
series or to single volumes, not issued as part of the series, in which
major or secondary characters also appear. For example, Betsy Ray, of the
BETSY-TACY series, also has a part in three books which are not in the
series but which are of interest to many readers. A "See also" reference
indicates that additional information or a continuation of the series may
be found under another series title. Little Prudy, for example, appears
in several series; "See also" references direct the reader to those entries.
- Deidre Johnson
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ABALOC/APPLE LOCK BOOKS
Curry, Jane Louise
1. *Beneath the Hill 1967
2. *The Daybreakers 1970
3. *Over the Sea's Edge 1971
4. *The Birdstones 1977
Related titles: The Change-Child (1969), The Watchers
(1975), The Wolves of Aam (1981).
ABBY JONES, JUNIOR DETECTIVE
1. Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw? 1981
2. Loretta P. Sweeny, Where Are You? 1983
3. Tootsie Tanner, Why Don't You Talk? 1987
1. *Thirteen Means Magic 1989
2. *The Love Potion 1989
3. *The Magic Mix-Up 1989
4. The Sneezing Spell 1990
5. Instant Popularity 1990
6. Too Much Magic 1990
Rock, Gail 1-4
Lawlor, Laurie 5-6
1. The House Without a Christmas Tree 1974
2. The Thanksgiving Treasure 1974
3. A Dream for Addie 1975
4. Addie and the King of Hearts 1976
5. Addie across the Prairie 1986
6. Addie's Dakota Winter 1989
North, Grace May (Carol Norton)
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard
1. *Adele Doring of the Sunnyside Club 1919
2. Adele Doring on a Ranch 1920
3. *Adele Doring at Boarding School 1921
4. *Adele Doring in Camp 1922
5. Adele Doring at Vineyard Valley 1923
ADMIRAL'S GRANDDAUGHTER see TALES OF THE ADMIRAL'S
A. I. GANG
1. Operation Sherlock 1986
2. The Cutlass Cube 986
3. Robot Trouble 1986
4. Forever Begins Tomorrow 1986
1. *The Adventure Girls at K Bar O 1936
2. *The Adventure Girls in the Air 1936
3. *The Adventure Girls at Happiness House 1936
THE ADVENTUROUS ALLENS
Grove, Harriet Pyne
1. The Adventurous Allens
2. The Adventurous Allens Afloat
3. The Adventurous Allens Find Mystery
4. The Adventurous Allens Marooned
5. The Adventurous Allens' Treasure Hunt
Thompson, Mary Wolfe
1. Two in the Wilderness
2. Wilderness Winter
3. Wilderness Wedding
Bardwell, Harrison (Craine, Edith Janice)
1. Roberta's Flying Courage
2. The Lurtiss Field Mystery
3. The Airplane Girl and the Mystery of Seal Island
4. The Airplane Girl and the Mystery Ship
Note: At least two of these titles were also reissued under the pseudonym
Barrie Anderson: vol. 1 as *The Courageous Girl Pilot and a second
volume as The Blue Pirate Mystery Flyer.
Greene, Constance C.
1. A Girl Called Al
2. I Know You, Al
3. *Your Old Pal, Al
4. Al(exandra) the Great
5. *Just Plain Al
6. *Al's Blind Date
ALDEN FAMILY MYSTERIES see BOXCAR FAMILY
Levene, Nancy S.
1. Shoelaces and Brussel Sprouts
2. French Fry Forgiveness
3. Hot Chocolate Friendship
4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Secrets
5. Mint Cookie Miracles
6. Cherry Cola Champions
7. Peach Pit Popularity
8. T-Bone Trouble
9. Grapefruit Basket Upset
Adams, Laurie and Allison Coudert
Bantam (PB) 2-5
1. *Alice and the Boa Constrictor
2. Who Wants a Turnip for President, Anyway?
[Note: Reissued as Alice Whipple for President in 1990]
3. Alice Investigates
4. Alice Whipple in Wonderland
5. Alice Whipple Shapes Up
1. *All-of-a-Kind Family
2. *More All-of-a-Kind Family
3. *All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown
4. All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown
5. *Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family
ALL THAT GLITTERS
1. Magic Time
2. Take Two
4. Love Lights
6. Set up
8. Award Night
AMANDA COLBY see MIRRORS
THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE
1. Crossed Trails
2. The Hills of Home
3. Hollywood Ho!
1. American Girls Album: A Picture Frame and Memory Book to Record
Your Family History (Thieme) 1989
2. American Girls Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with
Meals You Can Cook Today (Thieme) 1989
3. American Girls Diary: A Journal for Writing Your Secrets. An American
Girls' Tradition (Thieme) 1989
4. American Girls Games: Three Antique Games that Kirsten, Samantha,
and Molly Played (Thieme and Hansen) 1989
5. American Girls Portfolio of Pastimes: Paper Dolls
6. The American Girls Theater: Plays about Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly
for You and Your Friends to Perform (Thieme and Tripp)
[Note: Vol. 5 contains four (identical) play scripts, each with three
plays (one per major character) and one director's guide].
Note: The AMERICAN GIRLS series actually consists of three separate
series about three different girls (Kirsten, living in 1854; Samantha,
in 1904; Molly, in 1944), plus a fourth set of games and activity books
(listed above) incorporating all three characters. These six volumes were
also issued together as the Activity Book Portfolio of Pastimes. The AMERICAN
GIRLS books are tied in to an entire line of toys, clothing, accessories,
and craft books.
See also KIRSTEN LARSON, MOLLY MCINTIRE, SAMANTHA SHAW.
AMY AND LAURA
1. *Amy Moves In
2. *Laura's Luck
3. *Amy and Laura
AMY BELL MARLOWE'S BOOKS FOR GIRLS
Marlowe, Amy Bell (Stratemeyer
1. The Oldest of Four; or Natalie's Way Out
2. *The Girls of Hillcrest Farm;
or The Secret of the Rocks
3. *A Little Miss Nobody;
or With the Girls of Pinewood Hall
4. The Girl from Sunset Ranch;
or Alone in a Great City
5. Wyn's Camping Days;
or The Outing of the Go-Ahead Club
6. *Frances of the Ranges;
or The Old Ranchman's Treasure
7. *The Girls of Rivercliff School;
or Beth Baldwin's Resolve
1. *Anastasia Krupnik
2. *Anastasia Again!
3. *Anastasia at Your Service
4. *Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
5. *Anastasia on Her Own
6. *Anastasia Has the Answers
7. *Anastasia and Her Chosen Career
8. Anastasia at This Address
ANDIE (ANDREA) BARKER
1. Andie and the Boys
2. Dooley Mackenzie Is Totally Weird
3. Brace Yourself, P.J.
ANDREW TILLET, SARA WIGGINS, & INSPECTOR WYATT
1. Case of the Baker Street Irregulars
2. Case of the Vanishing Corpse
3. Case of the Somerville Secret
4. *Case of the Threatened King
5. Case of the Etruscan Treasure
6. Case of the Frightened Friend
7. Case of the Murdered Players
8. Case of the Indian Curse
9. Case of the Watching Boy
1. *Back Yard Angel
2. *Angel in Charge
3. *Angel's Mother's Boyfriend
4. *Angel's Mother's Wedding
5. *Angel's Mother's Baby
Robinson, Nancy K.
Apple (PB) 1
1. Mom, You're Fired
2. Oh Honestly, Angela
3. Angela, Private Citizen
4. Angela and the Broken Heart
1. Pets are for Keeps
2. A Kid's Best Friend
3. Monkey Business
4. Scaredy Cat
6. All the Way Home
7. The Pet Makeover
9. One Dog Too Many
10. Parrot Fever
11. Oh Deer!
12. Gift Horse
ANIMAL RESCUE FARM
Created by Sharon M. Hart
1. The Stolen Horse (Sharon M. Hart)
2. Animal Orphans (Avery Hart and Paul Mantell)
3. A Dog for Jesse (Emma Davis)
4. Win or Lose (Sharon Dennis Wyeth)
Johnson, Martha (Elisabeth Lansing)
1. Ann Bartlett, Navy Nurse
2. Ann Bartlett at Bataan
3. Ann Bartlett in the South Pacific
4. Ann Bartlett Returns to the Philippines
5. Ann Bartlett on Stateside Duty
ANN STERLING SERIES
Grove, Harriet Pyne
1. *Ann Sterling
2. The Courage of Ann
3. *Ann and the Jolly Six
4. Ann Crosses a Secret Trail
5. *Ann's Search Rewarded
6. *Ann's Ambitions
7. Ann's Sterling Heart
Fayerweather, Margaret Doane (Gardner)
1. Anne Alive!
2. Anne at Large
3. Anne at Work
Anthony, Lotta Rowe
1. The Yellow Quill Girl
2. Anne Thornton, Wetamoo
3. Anne Thornton, Junior Guide
4. Anne Thornton
Schroeder, Doris 1-4
Meyers, Barlow 5
1. *Walt Disney's Annette: Sierra Summer
2. *Walt Disney's Annette: The Desert Inn Mystery
3. Walt Disney's Annette and the Mystery at
4. Walt Disney's Annette and the Mystery at
5. *Walt Disney's Annette: Mystery at Medicine Wheel
Note: These are actually part of the WHITMAN AUTHORIZED EDITIONS series.
See that entry for a complete listing of titles.
ANNIE K'S THEATER
Wyeth, Sharon Dennis
1. The Dinosaur Tooth
2. The Ghost Show
3. The Chicken Pox Party
4. The Mighty Dolphin
1. *Annie Oakley in Danger at Diablo
2. Annie Oakley in the Ghost Town Secret