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Dick and Jane primers


ABOUT THE SERIES
(1927-1960s)  Dick and Jane primers flourished in the late '40s and '50s when post-war affluence promised a protected world of childhood innocence.  These books taught a couple generations how to read, crafted dreams of gentle suburban bliss, and in the process became immediately recognizable cultural icons.

LOGANBERRY LEGACY
When people get all excited about the Dick and Jane series, you know it's nostalgia and long lost memories they're after.  While these books also chronicle an era, I'll bet most customers want them for memories of the little light bulb that clicked as they learned to read with Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot. Aside from the educational nostalgia, these primers reflect a society now past, and are as remarkable for this depiction as for their influence on American education.

OUT-OF-PRINT BIBLIOGRAPHY
All of the original primers are out of print, although there have been some facsimilie editions printed.
Their various authors include Elson-Gray, William S. Gray, and Helen M. Robinson. 
They were published by Scott, Foresman and Company.

IN-PRINT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Kismaric, Carole and  Marvin Heiferman.  Growing Up With Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream.  Paperback, $19.95. 


 
Now Available for Sale
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From the estate of a former elementary school teacher comes a treasure trove of 1960s text books, all in new, unused condition.  There are hardback teacher's editions of the basic readers from pre-primer to third grade, large-size teacher's editions of the readers, soft-bound primers, the first grade teacher's editions of Learn to Listen, Speak and Write, and 8 teacher's editions of the soft-bound Think and Do books that accompany these Scott, Foresman texts.  All from the early 1960s and clean, unmarked and unused.  Click on the thumbnail images to view a larger image.
 

Elson Basic Readers: Pre-Primer
Scott, Foresman and Company, 1930.  Primer illustrated in color, bound in wraps, 40 pages.  Revision of the Elson Pupil’s Hand Chart, 1921.  In this version, Sally is named Baby, and the cat is Little Mew instead of Puff.  Soiled and slightly musty.  Rare.  $150
More Dick and Jane Stories.
Scott, Forewsman and Company, 1934.  Elson-Gray series.  In this version, Sally is named Baby, and the cat is Little Mew instead of Puff.  Orange wraps have been put in an early library binding with title and drawing stamped on cover.  All edges worn, binding worn, pages extremely worn and soiled, but it's all there.  Library stamps are on orange title page and rear pocket has been removed.  Poor.  $55
SALLY, DICK AND JANE
The New Basic Readers Guidebook, Teachers Edition.  Written by Helen M. Robinson, Marion Monroe, A. Sterl Artley, Scott, Foresman and Company, 1962.  Paper-covered book, with detailed material for teachers followed by text as in student editions.  Introductory chapters include The Language Arts Program, New Basic Reading Materials, Teaching Procedures, and specialized guidance for each page of the text. Colorful illustrations are by Bob Childress.  93 intro pages, 48 text
pages, 8-3/4"x7-1/4".  <SOLD>
 
NOW WE READ
The New Basic Readers, 1965.  This is the first reader to include illustrations of African American main characters.  48 pages, student edition.  Fine copy, unused.  $50
WE READ PICTURES
New Basic Readers, Teacher's Edition, 1962, 128 pages, 12"x9". Contains extensive teacher instructions and explanations, plus gorgeous full page color illustrations.  Fine condition.  <SOLD>
 
WE READ MORE PICTURES
New Basic Readers, Teacher's Edition.  Sequel to book above, 78 instruction pages plus 48-page text.  Fine condition.  <SOLD>
 
LEARN TO LISTEN, SPEAK AND WRITE, 1-1
Teacher's Edition, by Marion Monroe, Ralph G. Nichols, W. Cabell Greet, Scott, Foresman, 1960, 200 pages 12"x9", metal spiral bound with paper covering.  This and the following manual appear to be first editions of these important tools.  Level 1-1 includes Language Arts Program, Off to a good Start, Using..., Lesson Plans, Page Annotations, Conference with Authors, Model Alphabet.  Many color illustations.  These books are quite scarce, and very useful, of course.  Very Good condition except for a few hand-written notes on title page.  $100
LEARN TO LISTEN, SPEAK AND WRITE, 1-2
Teacher's Edition of second volume of above text, 1960, apparent first edition, 192 pages.  Some of contents include Taking Stock (progress in listening, speaking, writing, language, thought), My Practice Pad, Lesson Plans, Page Annotations, articles on Enjoying Stories and Poems, Spelling..., ...Tests, etc.  Book is in Very Good Condition, and rare as such.  $100
  Eight paper-covered Think-And-Do Books, part of  The New Basic Readers for 1962, Teacher's Editions.  Books measure 8-1/2"x11", contain about 80 pages and b&w illustrations.  These books are new and unused, in Very Good condition.  
Think-and-Do Book for use with The Three Pre-Primers, SALLY DICK AND JANE, FUN WITH OUR FAMILY, FUN WHEREVER WE ARE, 1962, Fine condition, scarce title.  $100
Think-and-Do Book for use with FUN WITH OUR FRIENDS primer, 1965.  Cover shows illustration of children from black family added that year for the first time.  $65
Think-and-Do Book for use with MORE FUN WITH OUR FRIENDS, 1965. Contains black family illustrated for the first time this year.  $75
Think-and-Do Book for use with THE NEW GUESS WHO junior primer, 1962.  $50

Think-and-Do Book for use with FRIENDS OLD AND NEW, Book 2 Part 1, 1963.  $50
Think-and-Do Book for use with MORE FRIENDS OLD AND NEW, Book 2 Part 2, 1963.  $50
Think-and-Do Book for use with ROADS TO FOLLOW, Book 3 Part 1, 1964. $35
Think-And-Do Book for use with MORE ROADS TO FOLLOW, Book 3 Part 2, 1964.  $35
  The following books are ALL Teacher's Editions, unmarked and unused, hardback, in Very Good + condition.  These teacher's editions have valuable information about how to teach reading, with suggestions for questions and games.  They also contain the complete text in the form used by the students, of course.   
FUN WITH OUR FAMILY AND FUN WHEREVER WE ARE,  Teacher's Edition, Guidebook.  Second and Third Pre-Primers, by Helen M. Robinson, Marion Monroe and A. Sterl Artley, linguistic Advisor, W. Cabell Greet; Scott, Foresman and Company, 1962, 250 pages plus text of three primers, with color illustrations by Bob Childress.  Spine says SECOND AND THIRD PRE-PRIMER.  Fine, unused condition.  <SOLD>  
THE NEW GUESS WHO, Teacher's Edition, Guidebook, 1962.  This is a special Junior Primer for children who need extra help.  It follows Fun with Our Family.  Spine says JUNIOR PRIMER.  <SOLD>  
FUN WITH OUR FRIENDS, Teacher's Edition, Guidebook, 1965.  PRIMER on spine.  <SOLD>  
MORE FUN WITH OUR FRIENDS, Teacher's Edition, 1965.  BOOK 1 on spine. <SOLD>  
FRIENDS OLD AND NEW, Teacher's Edition, 1963.  BOOK 2 PART 1 on  spine. <SOLD>  
MORE FRIENDS OLD AND NEW, Teacher's Edition, 1963.  BOOK 2 PART 2 on spine.  <SOLD>  
ROADS TO FOLLOW, Teacher's Edition, 1964.  BOOK 3 PART 1 on spine.   <SOLD>  
MORE ROADS TO FOLLOW, Teacher's Edition, 1964.  BOOK 3 PART 2 on spine. <SOLD>  
THE NEW TALL TALES, revised edition, Part One, by Marion Monroe, A.Sterl Artley, advisor Helen M. Robinson, illustrator Connie Moran, Scott, Foresman, 1964. Reading for Independence, Curriculum Foundation Series, 95 pages, 7"x9", color illustrations.  Fine, new condition.  $8
THE NEW TALL TALES, PART TWO.  Follows above book in all respects.  Fine.  $8
New Books

Kismaric, Carole and  Marvin Heiferman.  Growing Up With Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream.  With a facsimile pamphlet featuring five  Dick and Jane stories.  New paperback, $19.95. 


Hey, where's my favorite title?

Out-of-print books are harder to stock than new books, and some are hard to find, period.  If the title you are seeking is not listed for sale above, that probably means that I am currently out of stock.  However, I am always on the lookout for books, and will gladly quote you when I do find your coveted book. To add your name to my Wants Files, simply fill out a Book Request Form and I will e-mail you when I have a copy in stock.  Thanks.

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SELECTED STUMPERS & REQUESTS
These were books to teach children how to read in the 50s... See Dick Run... Look Spot Look... Help, Help, Jane, Help...etc. etc.  I am sure you are familiar with these.  I would like a whole series if possible or any related book memorabilia/posters/magazines, etc.  Also looking for any old afro american children's books, can be black authors or storys about black children etc.

As a first grader of the 50's, I remember Dick and Jane.  Now, with my own first grader, I am collecting any Dick and Jane memorabilia.  Do you have any Dick and Jane readers?

I would like to own just one of the Dick and Jane books. I used them when I was in elementary school.  And I just thought it would be great to show the children of today how we were taught.

You have restored my faith in my own memory.  I am so glad to hear that Puff's alias was Little Mew.  Most people thought I was out of my mind.  Ah! Trivia! Please send me further information on the book that is the "tell all" book  about Dick & Jane. Thank you.  Thank you.

Do you know where an original reader or primer can be purchased?  Do you know an estimated price for an original copy?

You have restored my faith in my own memory.  I am so glad to hear that Puff's alias was Little Mew.  Most people thought I was out of my mind.  Ah!  Trivia!  Please send me further information on the book that is the "tell all" book about Dick & Jane.  Thank you.  Thank you.

I have the book Streets and Roads,  Basic Readers published in 1946 .  I remember it well as a child.  It was handed down to my sister and I in 1955 & 1966.  The book I have is in great condition.  I read a comment on your site about the story "Mother Hulda"...."The Beautiful Daughter" and "The Ugly Daughter."  One gets golden coins and the other gets black tar.  I love that story and haven't thought about this book till I read her statement on your page about "the story with the girl and the golden coins"

Hello, I would really appreciate any help in finding Dick and Jane books and teachers ed.  I feel they would be an excellent resource for homeschooling.  Please email me if you come across any.

This was a reader used in elementary schools in the 60's and 70's in Western Canada.  May have been used elsewhere too.

I’m looking for a story in a particular elementary school reader. In the story there’s mean sisters and a good sister who ends up finding gold coins in a well. The name More Friends and Neighbors comes to mind but it might be another reader. I am quite sure that Scott Foresman is the publisher. I just found More Streets and Roads (1946), but the story was not in it. I feel like I’m getting close though. I appreciate any help. I’m interested in any readers published by this company around the 1945-55 time frame. Thanks.

I am looking for one of the readers to use for homeschooling.  A battered copy would be fine with me!

I read the list of books that people are looking for.  I too am interested in the Dick and Jane original books.  Please add me to your list as wanting one copy of Dick and Jane. Thank you  for your services.

Did you know that several variations of the 1960's books
exist?  Three versions were officially published: established (1962), multi-ethnic (1965), and child art (multi-ethnic cover variation 1965). The two multi-ethnic covers were produced so that schools could choose ethnic characters within the covers, but to slightly hide the fact.  I
have seen several variations of the pre-primers of the  multi-ethnic version where there were ethnic characters on the cover.  Now We Read also featured the gang with a kite.  Fun With the Family came with either the white family or the African-american family on the cover.  The Teachers Edition for the second and third pre-primers in 1965 came in either an aqua (standard) or a pink (rare, but I have it) cover.  The Think and Do Books also lost the cover picture in later printings  just the solid colored block remained.  Of course, the catholic version of Sally Dick and Jane was Judy John and Jean and the 7th Day Adventist version was Friends We Know. 


 
 
 
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