For the young and the young at heart, children's books have the power to delight, amaze and educate. The best stories are enduring classics that continue to teach lessons, inspire imaginations, and put smiles on faces of children, parents, and book lovers alike. Rediscover your inner child and explore some of the many magical, collectible children's titles available on AbeBooks.

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak was born in New York in 1928 and grew up in Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants. Published in 1964, the award-winning Where the Wild Things Are explores childhood and the child's response to anger. Sendak considers it to be the first volume of a trilogy exploring such responses. In the book, Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king.

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And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street

Dr. Seuss

And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street

The first book (published in 1937) from the world's best-selling children's author. Originally titled A Story That No One Can Beat, the manuscript was rejected by some 20 to 30 publishers.

As little Marco describes the horse and wagon he saw on Mulberry Street, they are transformed into an elephant and a band wagon with a retinue of police. "A fresh, inspiring picture-story book with an appeal to the child's imagination." Horn Book

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Kits and Cats

Louis Wain

Kits and Cats by Louis Wain

Louis Wain (1860-1939) was an English artist who was best known for his drawings of anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. Unfortunately he also became a psychology book fixture as his cat illustrations often reflected his fluctuating state of mental health.

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I Was a Rat!

Philip Pullman

I Was a Rat!

Pullman, best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, turns to the tradition of the fairy tale in I Was a Rat! He says, "The nicest thing about this book is when grown-ups tell me they've been reading it with a child and suddenly, at the same time, they both realise what other story it's connected to." In this story, a little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he was a rat.

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High in the Clouds

Paul McCartney

High in the CloudsThis book, co-written with Philip Ardagh, was McCartney's first foray into children's book writing. Forced to leave his woodland home, Wirral the squirrel vows to find the fabled land of Animalia, where all the animals are said to live in freedom and without fear. Aided and abetted by friends, Wirral's personal quest turns into a full-blown plan to save enslaved animals Everywhere - a plan fraught with danger.

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Julie Andrews Edwards

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

Julie Andrews Edwards is best known for her roles as Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp, but she is also an accomplished children's book author. Her first effort, Mandy, was published in 1971 and has earned widespread praise.

Mandy tells the tale of a ten-year-old orphaned girl who dreams of a home of her own escapes over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods.

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Andrew Henry's Meadow

Doris Burns

Andrew Henry's Meadow

First published in 1965 and due to become a major motion picture, Doris Burns' classic tale centres on Andrew Henry, an inventor who escapes to an idyllic meadow, where he builds a utopia in the trees. There he becomes a reluctant hero who leads a band of fellow outcasts on a mission to awaken their families before it's too late. Burns' son, Mark, inspired the story while they lived on Waldron Island in Washington State.

Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, 1965. Hard cover. Book condition: Near fine. No jacket. Doris Burn (illustrator). First edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Weekly Reader Children's book club release. Green cloth covers w/b&w illustrations, unpaginated (50 pages), with remarkably intricate b&w illustrations throughout.

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Madeline and the Bad Hat

Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Ludwig Bemelmans was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. The Madeline books are among the most honored children's books of all time. He died in 1962 after completing his sixth Madeline story, Madeline's Christmas. In Madeline and the Bad Hat, the Spanish Ambassador has moved next door, and Madeline knows right away that his son, Pepito, is bad news. He's mean to animals! Then one day Pepito goes too far—will a run-in with an angry cat be enough to reform this bad hat?

New York. Viking Press. 12-1956. Limited, autographed edition., 1956. Illustrated throughout in full color and two color, full color endpapers, 54 pp, 12 1/2 x 9 inches, color pictorial green cloth-covered boards (hardbound) in red slipcase. Fine condition in slipcase that is rubbed and cracked along three joins with a very small old price sticker.

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The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real

Margery Williams (Bianco)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Although her professional writing career began at the age of nineteen, Margery Williams achieved lasting fame at forty-one with the 1922 publication of the classic that is her best-known work, The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real. It was an instant classic and has remained so through numerous adaptations in children's theater, radio plays, television shows and in the movies.

NY:Duffield 1915 (1915). Sq. 4to, cl. backed pict. bds, slightest of soil, Fine. 1st ed. of this large picture book, similar in size and format to the Bedtime Book and Rhymes of Real Children. The rarest of all of her titles, this is the only copy available on AbeBooks.

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Raggedy Ann Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Johnny Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought home a hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. He opened a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, The Raggedy Man and Little Orphan Annie, suggesting the doll be called Raggedy Ann. In 1918, the doll was introduced to the public in the book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. In 1920 a sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories introduced Raggedy Ann's brother, Raggedy Andy.

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