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Books from the 1940s
(Sorted by copyright date of Illustrations. Click on image to see sample pages)

*** Caldecott Winner                * Caldecott Honor

 

1940

 

*April's Kittens
by Claire Turlay Newberry

c. 1940
Harper & Brother Publishers



 

Lentil
by Robert McCloskey
First Book by this 
Two-time Caldecott 
Winner and legendary
Author/Illustrator

c.1940
The Viking Press
Book Club Edition


Country Noisy Book
by Margaret Wise Brown
 with  illustrations 
by Leonard Weisgard

c. 1940
Harper & Row
Edition uncertain, 
no further dates/
printings listed

 

David's
Silver dollar
by Elizabeth B. Squires
Illustrated by
Margot Austin

c. 1940
The Platt & Munk Co., Inc.



Seven 
Diving Ducks
by Margaret Friskey
Pictures by Jean Morey

c. 1940
David McKay Company

 

 


Caps for Sale
A Tale of a Peddler, 
Some Monkeys,
and their Monkey Business
Story and Pictures
 by Esphyr Slobodkina

c. 1940
Addison-Wesley Publishing
(1973 Scholastic paperback)


Donkey-Donkey
by Roger Duvoisin

c.1940
Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
renewed 1968
Parents Magazine
Press Edition

 

 

Nursery Tales
168 Colored Illustrations

c. 1940
Illustrator and 
Publisher unknown
12 pages, 
total of 14 stories. 


The Thirsty Pony
Story and Pictures
 by Paul Laune

c.1940
Grosset & Dunlap
First Edition

 


Brownie and 
His Friends

by Gates and Karabin

c. 1940
The Macmillan Company
1959 printing

 

 

 

1941

 




*** Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
First Caldecott Winner 
by the author/Illustrator
**January1, 2003**
Proclaimed the Official Massachusetts State Book

c. 1941
The Viking Press
1972 paperback edition

 

* In My Mother's House
by Ann Nolan Clark
Illustrated
by Velino Herrera

c. 1941
The Viking Press
Ninth Printing
March 1960


*Paddle to the Sea
Written and Illustrated
 by Holling Clancy Holling

1941
Houghton Mifflin Co.
First Edition

 

 

 

* Nothing At All
by Wanda Gag

c.1941
Coward, McCann& 
Geoghegan, Inc.
Seventeenth Impression
Further Links about Author:
Biography
Wanda Gag House

 

Flip
Story and Pictures 
by Wesley Dennis

1941
Viking Press
1977 Puffin 
paperback edition





Down by the Sea
by Mary Coplan, Chrystie
 Stokes, and Lillian Moore

c. 1941
Lyons and Carhahan
First Edition



 

 

Little Chicken
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by
 Leonard Weisgard

c. 1941
Harper & Row



 

Alphabet Book

c. 1941
Samuel Lowe Company


 


Curious George
by H.A. Rey

c. 1941 
Houghton Mifflin Co.
1971 Scholastic 
paperback edition

George first appeared as
a character in Raffi and 
the 9 Monkeys (1939), 
later called Cecily G. and
 the 9 Monkeys (1942)

 

1942


***The Little House
Story and Pictures 
by Virginia Lee Burton

c. 1942
Houghton Mifflin Co.

 

 

The Indoor 
Noisy Book
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures
 by Leonard Wisegard

c. 1942
Harper & Row


The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Clement Hurd

c. 1942
Harper & Row

 

 

Cecily G. and the
 9 Monkeys
by H. A. Rey

c. 1942
Houghton Mifflin Co.
renewed 1969

 



The Little Red
Lighthouse and the 
Great Gray Bridge
by Hildegarde H. Swift 
and Lynd Ward

c. 1942
Harcourt, Brace &
 World



 

The Man Who
Lost His Head
Story by 
Claire Huchet Bishop
Pictures by Robert McCloskey

c. 1942
The Viking Press

 

 

 

The Little Farm
by Lois Lenski
(
One of three of the Mr. Small
picture books included in
Big Book of Mr. Small. 
See also: Cowboy Small, 1949
and Policeman Small, 1962
)

c. 1942
Henry Z, Walck, Inc./
David McKay Co., Inc.

 

Tree in the Trail
Written and Illustrated
 by Holling Clancy Holling

1942
Houghton Mifflin Co.
First Edition



 

 

1943

 

 

*** Many Moons
by James Thurber
Illustrated 
by Louis Slobodkin

c.1943 by James Thurber
c. 1971 by Helen Thurber
Harcourt, Brace, & 
World

 

*Small Rain
Verses From the Bible
Chosen by
Jessie Orton Jones
Illustrated by
Elizabeth Orton Jones

c. 1943
Viking Press
4th printing
September 1944

 

Coming Soon

 

c. 1937

 

 

 

Katy and the 
Big Snow
Story and Pictures
by Virgina Lee Burton 

c.1943
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Edition uncertain, 
no further dates/
printings listed

 

Everyday Birds
by Gertrude Allen

c. 1943
Houghton Mifflin Co.

 

 

 

1944


 


*In the Forest
Story and Pictures
by Marie Hall Ets

c. 1944
Viking Press



 

Katy
 No-Pockets
Story by Emmy Payne
Pictures by H. A. Rey

c. 1944
Houghton Mifflin


American
Alphabet
in Rhyme and Song
Words and Music 
by Gladys Shelley

c. 1944
Musicomics Publishers, Inc.

 

The Great
 Quillow
by James Thurber
Illustrated by Doris Lee

c. 1944
Harcourt Brace 
Jovanovich
1975 paperback edition

 

 


Pretzel
by Margret Rey
With Pictures 
by H. A. Rey

c. 1944
Harper & Row, Pub.
1970 Scholastic 
paperback edition

 

Mother Goose
Illustrations 
by Francis Kirn

c. 1944
Whitman Publishing

 

 

Magic Michael
by Louis Slobodkin

c.1944
Macmillan 
Publishing Co., Inc.
1973 paperback edition

 

Fuzzy Wuzzy 
Bunny

by Pat Sanchez

c. 1944
Whitman Publishing Co.
1st edition, paperback

 

1945


*The Rooster
Grows
A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles
By Maud and Miska Petersham

c. 1945
Macmillan Publishing


The Carrot Seed
Story by Ruth Krauss
Pictures by 
Crockett Johnson

c. 1945
Harper & Row


 

Fuzzy Wuzzy 
Ducklings

by Louise Rowe

c.1945
Whitman Publishing Co.
1st edition,  paperback


 

cancan
story/pictures 
by Fritz Willis

c. 1945
The Mistletoe Press
The Marcel Rodd Co.
 First edition



 


Chimpsey at Play
Text by Ruth A. Roche
Illustrated by Dic Loscalzo

c. 1945
Action Play Books/
Domeday Press, Inc.


Interesting Birds 
of Our Country
by S. Kip Farrington, Jr.
Illustrated 
by Lynn Bogue Hunt

c. 1945
Garden City Publishing Co.
First Edition

 

me too
words/pictures 
by Fritz Willis

c.1945
The Mistletoe Press
 The Marcel Rodd Co.
First edition

 

Poodey
by Margaret Friske
and Katherine Evans

c,1945
Wilcox &Follett, Co.
Edition Uncertain
no further edition/
printings noted

 

1946

 







*** The Little Island
by Golden MacDonald
(pen name of Margaret 
Wise Brown)
 With illustrations 
by Leonard Weisgard

c.1946
Doubleday & Co. Inc.
1971 Paperback

 

 

* Rain Drop Splash
Story by Alvin Tresselt
Pictures by 
Leonard Weisgard

c.1946
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.
23rd printing

 

 

A Little Child
The Christmas 
Miracle 

Told in Bible Verses
Chosen by 
Jessie Orton Jones
Illustrated by 
Elizabeth Orton Jones

c.1946
The Viking Press
First Edition

 

A Child's Book of Birds
by Luis M. Henderson

c. 1946
Pied Piper Books
First edition

 

 

The Circus Book
Story by Rosemary Smith
Illustrated by Sari

c. 1946
John Martin's House
First Edition

 

 

 

The Fox Grows Old
A Brownie Book
No author/Illustrated Indicated

c. 1946
Samuel Lowe Co

 

 

The Little Fur Family
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures 
by Garth WIlliams

c. 1946
Harper & Row

 

 

King Thrushbeard
by the Brothers Grimm
Adapted and illustrated
 by Harriet

c. 1946
by Spring House
First Edition


Chicken Little
Count to Ten
By Margaret Frisky
Pictures by Katherine Evans

c.1946
Children's Press

 

 


Red Mittens
Story and Pictures
by Laura Bannon

c. 1946
Houghton Mifflin
1965 First Cadmus Ed.
E. M. Hale and Company

 

The Fat Baron
Written by Clip Boutell
Pictures by
Frank Lieberman

c.1946
Houghton Mifflin
Apparent First Edition

 

Cap'n Dow and the
 Hole in the Doughnut
by Le Grand

c.1946
Abingdon Press
Edition uncertain
no further editions, 
printings noted

 

The Story of the
 Three Bears

Illustrated 
by Charles Thorson

c. 1946
John Martin's House, Inc.
First Edition


1947

 

*** White Snow 
Bright Snow
Alvin Tresselt
Illustrated 
by Roger Duvoisin

c.1947
Lothrop, Lee & 
Shepard Co., Inc
Fourteenth Printing, 
Feb 1963

 

* Stone Soup
by Marcia Brown

c 1947
Further information uncertain
(title page missing)
Further links about Author:
Images from Collection
Marcia Brown


Good Night Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Clement Hurd

c. 1947
Harper & Row


 

Coming Soon
The First Story
by Margaret Wise Brown

 

c. 1937


 


Curious George
 Takes a Job

by H. A. Rey

c. 1947
Houghton Mifflin Co.

The second Curious
 George story

 

Jolly Blue Boat
Story and Pictures
 by John and Jane Courtright

c.1947
Children's Press
1962 edition, 
third printing


The Smart Little Boy and His 
Smart Little Kitty

Story by Louise Woodcock
Pictures
 by Lucienne Bloch

c. 1947
William R. Scott, Inc.
1961 First Cadmus Ed.
E. M. Hale and Co.

1948

 


*** The Big Snow
by Berta and Elmer Hader

c.1948, 1976
Macmillan Publishing Co
First Scholastic 
Printing, 1990

 

 

*Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey

c. 1948
The Viking Press
Renewed 1976
Later Book Club Edition

 

 

*Seabird
by Holling Clancy Holling

c. 1948
Houghton Mifflin


 

Chickaree the
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Squirrel
Illustrator unknown

c. 1948
Whitman Publishing Co.
1st edition, paperback

 

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
by Dr. Seuss

c. 1948
Random House


 


Smudge
Story and Pictures
by Clare Turlay Newberry

c.1948
Harper & Brothers Publishers
Special Cadmus Edition
E. M. Hale and Company


Mary Ann's First Picture
Written and Illustrated
by Winifred Bromhall

c. 1948
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Special Cadmus Edition
E. M. Hale and Co.

The Red Carpet
Story and Pictures
 by Rex Parkin

c. 1948
Macmillan Publishing

 

 

Nellie
by Madye Lee Chastain

c. 1948
Whitman Publishing

 

 

Country Fireman
Written by Jerrold Beim
Illustrated by Leonard Shortfall

c. 1948
William Morrow & Co.
Apparent First Edition

No further editions/
printings noted

 

1949

 

*** Song of the
Swallows
by Leo Politi

c.1948/1949
Charles Scribner's Sons
Aladdin Books Edition, paperback

 

 

 

* The Happy Day
by Ruth Krauss
Pictures by Marc Simont

c. 1949
Harper, Row, Publishers
Scholastic Book Services
 4th printing

 

 

 

Cowboy Small
by Lois Lenski

c. 1949
(One of three of the Mr. Small
picture books included in
Big Book of Mr. Small. 
See also The Little Farm, 1942
and Policeman Small, 1962)
Henry Z, Walck, Inc./
David McKay Co., Inc.

 

The Fuzzy Ducking
by Jane Werner
Pictures by Alice and
Martin Provensen

c. 1949
Golden Press
A Big Golden Book

 

 

 

 


The Smallest Boy
in the Class
by Jerrold Beim
Illustrated by
 Meg Wohlberg

c.1949
William Morrow
Apparent First Edition
 No further editions/printings noted

 

The Picture Book
of Illinois

Story by Bernadine Bailey
Pictures by Kurt Wiese

c. 1949
Albert Whitman and Company
First Edition

 

Snakes
by Herbert S. Zim
Illustrated by James Gordon Irving

c. 1949
William Morrow & Co.


 

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