I am not an expert on anthologies. But I get so many requests for them, I thought I'd start assembling some of the more common and most popular ones. I hope this becomes a useful tool to those of you seeking treasured, but vague, memories. Look at these pictures, story lists and dates and see if any ring a bell with your childhood memories. Some of these books are also featured on Collectible Children's Books pages, and you can follow the links of those to find out more about them. I've listed these anthologies alphabetically by title for your memory's convenience. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

365 Bedtime Stories

by Nan Gilbert
Illustrated by Jill Elgin.
Whitman, 1955

A one-page story for each day of the year featuring Timmy, Polly, Mary Lou, Jerry, Jack, David and Sue from What-a-Jolly-Street (or Trufflescootums Boulevard.). Illustrated mostly in one-color line drawings.

See Most Requested Books for more on Nan Gilbert's books. Here are some variant covers for this book:

Nan Gilbert
Nan Gilbert
Nan Gilbert
Nan Gilbert

Gilbert, Nan. 365 Bedtime Stories. Illustrated by Jill Elgin. Whitman, 1955.
A1. 1955 cover: 4 children around Grandma in the living room (most remembered)
A2. 1955 cover: 7 children around Grandma on the porch
A3. 1970 cover: 2 children in bed with Mom reading, blue background. Designed by Walter Brooks with color & b/w illustrations by Bill McKibbin.
A4. 1981 cover: 5 children in bed, with one girl reading aloud from book. Reprinted in paperback by Merrigold Press, updated by Eileen Daly and with cover illustration by Carolyn Bracken.

365 Bedtime Stories

NOT by Nan Gilbert

There are many other books with this title which are not stories from What-a-Jolly Street. Most of these don't list an author, some list an illustrator. Whitman published books with this title in (at least) 1931, 1938, 1944, and 1955, many with variant cover art. It is possible that Whitman issued this book annually with different cover art, changing the copyright information only when content information changed. Here are some examples that I've found, all of them Whitman except for the first one.

Mary Graham Bonner

Bonner, Mary Graham. 365 Bedtime Stories. Illustrated by Florence Choate and Elizabeth Curtis. NY: Frederick A. Stokes, 1923. 7.25″ x 8.5″, 302 pages. Brown cloth with pictorial paste-on. 20 beautiful color plates, great color.

1931 Edition
1931 Edition
1931 Edition

[anon] 365 Bedtime Stories: A Story for Every Day. Whitman, 1931.
C1. Hardback
C2. Paperbound, 8.5″ x 11.5″, unpaginated. Typically 3 stories per page, and occassional full-page ilustrations in black and white.
C3. Hardback, 7″ x 9.5″. I'm uncertain of that cover artist.

1937 Edition
1937 Edition
1938 Edition

Lowe, Viola Ruth. Story A Day: A Book of 365 Stories. Illustrated by Corinne Malvern. Whitman, 1937, 1938. Hardback, 379 pages.
D1. 1937 cover features a boy holding a book and a girl holding a candle, walking up stairs
D2. 1937 cover features a boy and girl getting ready for bed with a dog peeping out from under a bed.
D3. 1938 cover features grandma reading to 3 children in blue wing chair.
D4. 1938 cover features a boy and girl holding hands in front of a tree.

1942 Edition
1944 Edition

E1. Sankey, Alie. 365 Bedtime Stories. Illustarted by Erwin L. Darwin. Whitman, 1942.
E2. [anon] 365 Bedtime Stories. Whitman, 1942.


[anon] 365 Bedtime Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year. Illustrated by Janet Robson. Whitman, 1944. Hardback, 7.5" x 10.5", 382 pages. Illustrations in black and white and two-tones, pictorial cover and matching dust jacket.
F1. Whitman #2020 on dj spine.
F2. Whitman #5050, most common cover.
F3. Another alternate cover, issued with matching dust jacket.

Animal Tales

Original stories by Georges Duplaix
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
NY: Golden Press, 1944

Contents: It's no fun to be a lion; the land of the caterpillars; the spider and the fly; the little duck who was very pleased with himself; the big brown bear; the woodchuck; the tiger; the camel; a hot day; the kangaroo; the skunk and the sea gull; from one to ten; the procupine and the badgers; the elephant buys a horse; day; night; the sick sparrow; I see you, little yellow wasps; the fox, the weasel, and the little chicken; the bear went o-ver the mountain; the little black hen; the cottontail and the jack rabbit; the gray squirrel; the elephant; the bear; the greedy kitten and the wise little birds; the goose and the rabbit; the lion; the duck; the hippopotamu; the pig; the funny little mouse.

Contents abridged in later editions of this book.

Animal Tales
1944 Cover
Animal Tales
1945 Cover

The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book

by Arthur Rackham
NY: Lippincott, 1933, 1950

Contents: Hop-o'-my-thumb; Dick Whittington; Jack and the beanstalk; Beauty and the Beast; Henny Penny; Story of Sindbad the sailor; Jack the giant-killer; Ugly duckling; Princess and the pea; Bluebeard; Story of Aladdin; Sleeping Beauty; Barmecide's feast; Toads and diamonds; Three bears; Ali Baba; Cinderella; Puss in boots; Emperor's new clothes; Rip van Winkle; Little Red Riding Hood; Hansel and Grethel; What the old man does is always right.

Arthur Rackham

Better Homes and Gardens Story Book

edited by Betty O'Connor
Des Moines: Meredith Publishing, 1950

Contents: The Little Red Hen, A Rose is Red, The Nonsense ABC, The Story of Little Black Sambo, How Charlie Made Topsy Love Him, Hurt No Living Thing, The House That Jack Built, Finger Games, The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, What is Pink? A Rose is Pink, Names, Meeting the Easter Bunny, 1 and 1 are 2, Months of the Year, The Goops: Table Manners, Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy, The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story, The Mitten Song, The Little Turtle, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, Butter, Ten Little Indians, Over in the Meadow, The Old Woman and Her Pig, Days of the Week, The King's Breakfast, Rain, Lines and Squares, The Brownies' Circus, The Wind, Who Has Seen the Wind?, The Elephant's Child, Peter Pan in Never-Never-Never-Land, The Pirate Ship, A Curious Pup, From a Railway Carriage, Trains, About Elizabeth Eliza's Piano, Pledge of Allegiance, The Flag Goes By, The Story of Live Dolls, The Swing, Thanksgiving Day, The Lion and the Mouse, The Ants and the Grasshopper, Belling the Cat, Old Mother Hubbard, All Through the Night, The Night Before Christmas.

Better Homes and Gardens Story Book

Better Homes and Gardens Second Story Book

edited by Betty O'Connor
Des Moines: Meredith Publishing, 1952

Contents: The Pied Piper of Hamlin, You Are Old Father William, The Trial of the Bow, The Apple of Contentment, How Boots Befooled the King, The White Cat, The Gnat and the Bull, The Dog in the Manger, The Story of King Arthur, Perseus and teh Gorgon, The Reformed Pirate, The Lion Juniper and the Elephant, Lobo the Kind of Currumpaw, The Diverting History of John Gilpin, Rikki-tikki-tavi,The North Wind and the Sun, The Gnat and the Lion, The Kingdom of the Lion, La Befana.

Better Homes and Gardens Second Story Book

The Bumper Book
A Collection of Stories and Verses for Children

edited by Watty Piper
llustrated by Eulalie
Platt & Munk, 1946

Contents include: Wynken, Blynken and Nod; We won't tell; Animal crackers; Christopher Robin is saying his prayers; The wee kitten who sucked her thumb; The Easter rabbit; Jolly jingle of numbers; Nonsense alphabet; Cupboard; Monkey's house; The little boy who was too thin; and 11 more.

Watty Piper
1946 Cover
Watty Piper
1952 Cover
Watty Piper
1969 Cover

The Big Golden Book of Poetry

edited by Jane Werner
illustrated by Gertrude Elliott
NY: Golden Press, 1947, 1949

Contents: The Animal Store, Baby Goes to Boston, The Bear Hunt, The Best Game the Fairies Play, Billy Goats Chew, Boredom, A Bug, The Camel's Complaint, The Chickens, Choosing Shoes, Color, The Cow, The Cupboard, Daises, Differences, The Duel, The Elf and the Dormouse, Extremes, Firefly, The First Day of Christmas, For Christmas, The Frog, From a Railway Carriage, General Store, A Goblinade, Grasshopper Green, Growing Up, Gypsies, The Ice Man, If I Were a One-Legged Pirate, I'm Glad, Jill Came From the Fair, Jonathan Bing Dances For Spring, The Land of Counterpane, The Little Bird, The Little Elf, The Little Land, Little Orphant Annie, Little Brown Redbreast, The Little Shepardess to Her Lambs, The Little Turtle, Little Wind, Mice, Miss T., Mr. Nobody, Mr. Rabbit, Moon Song, Mouse, My Shadow, The Naughty Boy, Otherwise, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The People, The Picnic, Radiator Lions, The Raggedy Man, The Road to Raffydiddle, Sally and Manda, The Sea Shell, The Secret, Self-Control, Serious Omission, Some One, Spring Signs, The Sugar-Plum Tree, The Swing, The Tale of Custard the Dragon, Taxis, Tea Party, There Was Once a Puffin, Three Jovial Huntsmen, Travel, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Very Nearly, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Water Noises, What the Toys are Thinking, What the Winds Bring, Where Go the Boats, Who Has Seen the Wind?, Who Likes the Rain?, The Woodpecker, Wynken Blynken and Nod.

Jane Werner
Jane Werner


14 volumes
various illustrators
Chicago: Field Enterprises, 1949

It would seem that the "Childcraft" series was first published in 1934 by W. F. Quarrie and company, Chicago. The series was taken over by Field Enterprises, Inc. in 1949, and reprinted throughout the fifties. The best remembered volume, as least judging by our customer requests, is volume one, which is titled "Book of Verse" in the Quarrie edition and "Poems of Early Chilldhood" in the Field edition. The earlier edition is illustrated mainly in black and white, with some two- and three-tone. The Field edition is entirely in color, with such noted illustrators as Eloise Wilkin, Fritz Eichenberg, Milo Winter, and the Walt Disney Studio represented. The selection of poems is substantially the same, but not entirely, and the poems are ordered differently.

1949 Volume Titles: Poems of Early Childhood, Storytelling and Other Poems, Folk and Fairy Tales, Animal Friends and Adventures, Life in Many Lands, Great Men and Famous Deeds, Exploring the World Around Us, Creative Play and Hobbies, The Growing Child, Guidance for Development, Ways of Learning, Guide/Index, Art and Music, Science and Industry.


The Children's Gift Book

Compiled by Odhams Staff
London, United Kingdom: Odhams Press, 1946

Contents: The Fairy Who Wasted Food; Lost - A Very Good Temper; The Table and the Chair; Tweedledum and Tweedledee; Power on Deck; Cargoes; The Yellow Wishing-Cap; Mother and I; Jimmy's Doughnut; Sing a Song of Honey; Sir Borloys and the Dark Knight; Pussy Can Sit by the Fire and Sing; Buried Treasure at Bimbleton; The Arsenal at Springfield; Jackanapes; The Inchcape Rock; The Stratosphere Express; The Wanderings of Mumfie; Watering the Garden; The Surprise Party; The Wheat Field; The Compass Points North; Worrals Takes a Hand; Telegraph Pots; Rikki-Tikki Tavi; Night; The Little Silver Pin; Faery Song; The Clady Crab; Horatiur; The Unromantic Princess; Visit from Father Christmas.

Childrens' Stories

Illustrated by Bette Davis
Selected by the Child Study Association of America
Racine: Whitman Publishing Company, 1950, 1963
319 pages, 43 stories and poems, 1-color illustrations

Contents include: The Tale of Corally Crothers (Romney Gay), "Quack" said Jesusha (Mildred Merryman), Gone is Gone (Wanda Gag), The Yellow Shop (Rachel Field), Blue Rocking Chair Tells a Story (Carolyn Bailey), The Giant is Lost (Alice Dalgliesh), The Old Trolley Car (Caroline Emerson), The Peddler's Clock (Mabel Leigh Hunt).

Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales

Illustrated by Janet and Anne Graham Johnstone
London: Dean and Son Ltd., various years
contents and illustrations vary with year of publication

1967 Contents: Cinderella, Babes in the Wood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb, Hansel and Gretel, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

1968 Contents: The little mermaid, the six sillies, the princess on the glass hill, Felicia and the pot of pinks, the frog prince, the three dwarfs, the nightingale, old mother frost, the white cat, Snow-white and Rose-red, Thumbelina, the princess and the swineherd.

1973 Contents: Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose, Hop o' my Thumb, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea.

1974 Contents: Thumbelina, The Top & the Ball, The Darning Needle & Blockhead Hans…

1977 Contents: Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose, Hop O' My Thumb, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea, The White Cat, Little Ida's Flowers, Ole Luckoie or the Dustman, Thumbelina, The Top and the Ball, The Darning Needle, Blockhead Hans, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in the Boots, Tom Thumb, Hansel and Gretel, and Babes in the Wood.

Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales
1967 Cover
Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales
1973 Cover
Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales
1977 Cover

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
translated by G.W. Dasent
illustrated by Kay Nielsen
NY, Doubleday 1932

Contents: East of the sun and west of the moon; Blue belt; Prince Lindworm; Lassie and her grandmother; Husband who was to mind the house; Lad who went to the North Wind; Three princesses of Whiteland; Soria Moria Castle; Giant who had no heart in his body; Princess on the glass hill; Widow's son; Three billy goats Gruff; Three princesses in the blue mountain; Cat on the Dovrefell; One's own children are always prettiest.

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
illustrated by Hedvig Collin
New childrens's classics series
NY: Macmillan 1928, 1953

Contents: East of the sun and west of the moon; Three billy-goats Gruff; Husband who was to mind the house; Lad who went to the North Wind; Princess on the glass hill; Giant who had no heart in his body; Blue belt; Three princesses in the blue mountain; Three princesses of Whiteland; Soria Moria Castle; Cat on the Dovrefell; Widow's son.

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
translated by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen Gudrun
NY, Harper & Row, 1946

Contents: East o' the sun and west o' the moon; Three billy-goats Gruff; Three princesses of Whiteland; Doll in the grass; Bruin and Reynard partners; Reynard and the cock; Why the bear is stumpy-tailed; Gudbrand-on-the-hillside; The pancake; Twelve wild ducks; Father Bruin; Lord Peter; Giant who had no heart in his body; Husband who was to mind the house; Taper Tom; Little Freddy and his fiddle; True and untrue; Princess on the glass hill; Peter, Paul and Espen Cinderlad; Princess who could not be silenced; Squire's bride; Sheep and the pig who set up housekeeping; Parson and the sexton; Lad who went to the North Wind; Why the sea is salt.

Eight Nursery Tales

Edited by Watty Piper
Illustrated by Eulalie
Platt & Munk 1938

Contents: The First Circus; Three Little Pigs; The Story of Little Black Sambo; Chicken Little; The Gingerbread Boy; The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat; The Tale of Peter Rabbit, with illustrations by Beatrix Potter; The Rooster, the Mouse, and the Little Red Hen.

The Fairy Tale Treasury

Selected by Virginia Haviland
Illustrated by Raymond Briggs
NY: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972

Contents: The Gingerbread Boy; Henny-Penny; The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids; The Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Old Woman and Her Pig; The Little Red Hen; The Three Bears; The Turnip: Gone is Gone; The Three Billy Goats Gruff; The Golden Goose; The Half-Chick; The History of Tom Thumb; Jack and the Beanstalk; From Tiger to Anansi; Budulinek; The Sun and the Wind; The Miller, his Son, and their Donkey; Wakaima and the Clay Man; The Bremen Town Musicians; The Frog Prince; The Elves and the Shoemaker; Puss in Boots; Snow-white; Cinderella; Little Red Riding-Hood; Molly Whuppie; Rumpelstiltskin; One-Inch Fellow; The Real Princess; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Ugly Duckling.

The Fairy Tale Treasury

Fairy Tales

retold by Katharine Gibson
illustrated by Isobel Read
Whitman, 1950

Contents: Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, The Golden Bird, The Three Little Pigs, Childe Rowland, Cinderella, The Laidly Worm of Spindlestone, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, The White Snake, The Ass, the table, and the Stick, Sleeping Beauty, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Three Bears, The Goose Girl, Farmer's Tom and the Leprechaun, The Six Swans, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Snow White, The Sea Maiden, Boots and his Brothers, The Fisherman and His Wife, Red Riding Hood, The Widow's Son, Tom Thumb, The Brave Little Tailor, Hansel and Gretel, King Thrushbeard, Mother Hulda, The Princess Who Lived on a Glass Hill, The Giant's Daughter, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Shoemaker and the Elves, The Tinderbox & Rumpelstiltskin.

Fairy Tales and Fables

Edited by Eve Morel
Illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1970.

Contents: Little Red Riding Hood, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Wise Man of Gotham, The Two Frogs, The Real Princess, Little Eva, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, The Gnat and the Bull, The Golden Eggs, The Little Red Hen, Cinderella, The Golden Touch, The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs, The Dragon and the Monkey, Do What you Can, The Fir Tree, The Sun and the Wind, Rumpelstiltskin, The Ant and the Grasshopper, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Teeny-Tiny Woman, Jack and the Beanstalk, Why the Bear is Stumpy-tailed, The Gingerbread Boy, The Milkmaid and Her Pail, The Lion and the Mouse, The Moon Maiden, The Wonderful Porridge Pot, Puss in Boots, The Morning Glory, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Little Girl and the Hare, The Three Wishes, Rose Red, The Farmer, His Son, and Their Donkey, The Mice and the Cat, The Magpie's Nest, Thumbelina, Lazy Jack, The Little House, The Foolish Weathercock, The Fox and the Grapes, Nail Broth, Why the Evergreens Keep Their Leaves, The Turnip, The Golden Goose, Jorinda and Joringel, The Old Woman and her Pig.

Fairy Tales and Fables

Fairy Tales That Never Grow Old

Edited by Watty Piper
Illustrated by Eulalie, Elizabeth Colborne and Lois Lenski.
Platt & Munk 1932

Contents include: Little Red Riding Hood; Jack and the Beanstalk; Puss In Boots; Cinderella; Snowdrop, Tom Thumb, and 7 others.

Fairy Tales That Never Grow Old

The Family Treasury of Children's Stories

three volumes, Doubleday & Co., 1956

Contents: Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes; Fairy Tales Old and New (including Emperor's New Clothes, Snow-White and Rose-Red, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp); Fun and Fantasy (27 stories and poems including The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, How Doth the Little Crocodile, The Purple Cow); Fables and Folk Tales (25 stories including the Uncle Remus story Old Mr. Rabbit, He's a Good Fisherman); Adventures of Real Children (including Hans Brinker, Heidi); and Legends and Myths (including Greek Myths, Robin Hood).

The Family Treasury of Children's Stories

Folk Tales Children Love

Edited by Watty Piper
Platt & Munk 1934
Large red cloth hardcover with paste-on pictorial label and full color and black and white illustrations

Contents include: The Rooster and the Fox; The Pine Tree and its Needles, Olaf and the three Goats; The Cap that Mother Made; How Bunny Rabbit Caught the Sun, The Little Turtle that Could Not Stop Talking; The Shoemaker and the Elves; The Elephant and the Monkey; A Donkey's Story; The Stone in the Road; The Star Dipper, The Old Woman who Wanted All the Cakes, The Easter Rabbit; Little Half Chick; The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.

Folk Tales Children Love

Gateway to Storyland
A Collection of Stories and Verses for Children

edited by Watty Piper
Illustrated by Eulalie
Platt & Munk

Gateway to Storyland

The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies
with assorted Pixies, Mermaids, Brownies, Witches, and Leprechauns

by Jane Werner
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Simon and Schuster, 1951

Contents: When A Ring's Around The Moon by Mary Jane Carr; Singeli's Magic Slippers by Martha Inez Johnson; Song for a Summer Evening by Mildred Bowers Armstrong; Little People's Market by Dorothy Brown Thompson; A Goblinade by Florence Page Jaques; The Brownie in the Garden by Elsa Ruth Nast; The Second-Hand Shop by Rowena Bennett; Pipes and Drums by Lilian Holmes; The Pixie's Scarf by Alison Uttley; The Fairies by William Allingham; The Cannery Bear by Ray St. Clair; The Bored Goblins by Dorothy Brown Thompson; The Gift by Jane Werner; Halloween Song by Marjorie Barrows; Finding Fairies by Marjorie Barrows; The Lost Merbaby by Margaret and Mary Baker; The Little House by Elizabeth Godley; The Room Beneath The Tree by James Stephens; Where Hidden Treasure Lies by Sheila O'Neill; Ring-A-Ring O'Fairies by Madelaine Nightingale.

The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies

The Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends

edited and adapted by Anne Terry White
Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
Golden Press, 1959
A Giant Golden Book De Luxe Edition

Contents: Gods and Heroes, Prometheus Steals Fire From Heaven, A Miracle on Mount Parnassus, Phaeton and the Horses of the Sun, The Bride of Pluto, Echo and Narcissus, Orpheus and Eurydice, The Gorgon's Head, Heracles, The Golden Fleece, Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Oedipus, Beowulf, The Battle of Roncevaux, Tristam and Iseult, Rustem and Sohrab, Sigrd of the Volsungs.

The Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends

The Golden Treasury of Poetry

edited by Louis Untermeyer
illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund
NY: Golden Press, 1959

Content Sections: In the Beginning; Rhyme with Reasons; Creatures of Every Kind; Gallery of People; Unforgettable Stories; Laughter Holding Both His Sides; Good Things in Small Packages; Wide, Wonderful World; Around the Year; Come Christmas; Sweet and Low; Guiding Stars.

Some of the Poets included: Anonymous, Edward Anthony, The Bible, William Blake, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Eugene Field, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, John Keates, Edward Lear, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Herman Melville, Ogden Nash, James Whitcomb Riley, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, Louis Untermeyer, William Wordsworth.

The Golden Treasury of Poetry

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
(orig. The Fairy Tale Book)

edited by Marie Ponsot
illustrated by Adrienne Segur
NY: Simon & Schuster, 1958
NY: Golden Press, 1999

Contents: The Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Princess, Donkey-skin, Kuzma and the Fox, Puss in Boots, Thumbelina, Green Snake, The Tinder Box, Cinderella, Kip the Enchanted Cat, Grace and Derek, Urashima and the Turtle, Thumbkin, The Wild Swans, Hans and the Striped Cat, Little Red Riding Hood, The White Deer, Beauty and the Beast, Silvershod, Queen Cat, Cowlick Ricky, The Seven Crow Princes, Bluecrest, The Royal Ram, Bright Deardeer and Kit, Dawn the Golden Haired, Finn the Keen Falcon, Fairies.

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales

The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year
(also published as Richard Scarry's A Story A Day: 365 Stories and Rhymes)

Richard Scarry
Egmont Childrens Books, 1960.

The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year

The Happy Hour Storybook

Compiled by Carol M. Lane
Illustrated by Evelyn Urbanowish and Erika Weihs
NY: Hart Book Co., 1955

Contents: The Upside Down Lady; How Robin Got the Toys Back; Johnny the Engineer; Josie and the Birds; The Naughty Little Bicycle Wheel; The Extra-Speaical Doll; Deedee's Princess; The Squirrel's Thank-You Present; Tommy and the Rain; How Daddy was Fooled; Tommy's Turkey-Lurkey; Sandy and Mandy's Trick; Tony's Little Hammer; How Whisltle Got her Name; Mysterious the Mouse; Judy's Joke; Danny and the Jocko; The Surprise Box; The Roly Poly Policeman; The Funny Little Fat Man; Patty's Secret; Timi and the elephant; plus songs and poems.

The Happy Hour Storybook

I Can Choose My Bedtime Story

edited by Mary Parsley
illustrated by Claude Kailer and Rosemary Lowndes
Grosset & Dunlap, 1971

Contents include: Bartholomew the Beach Donkey, The Castle Robber, The Clever Panda, The Yetis' New Home, Francis Ferret Stays at Home, Scratchy Spider and the Eight Cream Buns, Brendan the Owl, King John and the Abbot of Canterbury, The Amazing Window Washer, The Colonel's Sausage, The Harvest Mouse, The Pirate, Eric's Breakfast, Helicopter Rescue, The Lost Ring, Gidney the Goat, William Bear's Unusual Day, Old Mrs. Jagger, Fat Percy and the Tuba, The Laziest Animal in the World, The Pet Market, The Magician's Apprentice, The Horse Who Had Hiccups, Albert Penguin's Birthday Party, The Little River That Got Lost, Amanda and the Marmots, The Little Girl Who Loved New Clothes, Vicky and the Little Lost Boy, Arabella and the Weaver, The Sheep That Went to School, The Pretty Shepherdess, Anthony Michael and the Fire, Paolo's Soccer Ball, A Very Friendly Tail, Hummmphrey the Spinning Top, The Sun Lover, Franz and the Huge Friendly Bird, The Magic Emerald, Abel's Dream, Claudius the Elephant, The School's New Wall, Crybaby Hilda and the Magic Flower, Dylan Dragon, The Wonderful Jug of Cream, The White Peacock, Island of Treasure, Vanessa the Vain Mermaid, The Little Windmill That Went Traveling, The Saucy Monkey and the Good Giraffe, Little Lost Whale, Septimus Sebastian Fry's Tricycle, The Tea-Spaniel, The Enchanted Bird of Beauty, The Three-Pig.

I Can Choose My Bedtime Story

Let's read more stories: modern, gay stories for boys and girls

selected by Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg
Illustrated by Dagmar Wilson
NY: Garden City Books, 1960
medium green cloth with monkey design and silver lettering, DJ features man with ballon, boy with donkey, money, lion, and spaceship on front panel, boy and girl playing with animals, girl with mop, and grandma sliding down stairs on a rug on back panel. 10-1/2" by 7-1/4", 160 pp.

Contents: the penny puppy; the pasture; helping Hilda; that rapscallion cat, Sneakers; cherry stones; Loopy; the story of the teasing monkey; guess what's in the grass; the lamby sitter; meow!; what would you do if...; a nickel for a pickel; Easter treat; stripes and spots; Pancho; how Gerald McGrew caught the filla-ma-zokk; Mr. Scrunch; Nino and his fish; pick me up; my mother is the most beautiful woman in the world; A B C of wheels; the magic whistle; trees; Eddie goes to dancing school; why cowboys sing in Texas; the lucky number; lights; the white horse; Mrs. Moodle and the tea-tray; the bottle that went to sea; Bertram's trip to the moon.

My Bookhouse

edited by Olive Beaupre Miller
Chicago: The Bookhouse for Children, 1920

My Bookhouse was originally published in 6 thick volumes bound in black cloth with pictorial paste-ons and gilt lettering. In 1927 (approx.) the six volumes were sold as a set in a wooden house (red roof, two red chimneys, gray walls, and a window at each end). Housed with it were three volumes of the taller My Travelship, consisting of Little Pictures of Japan (by Katharine Sturges, 1925, dark blue), Tales Told in Holland (by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1926, red) and Nursery Friends from France (by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1927, light blue).

My Bookhouse was later reprinted in 12 volumes in various colors, the most famous being the "rainbow edition" which begins in a pale green, transitions to dark green, dark blue, and ends in light blue. There were many printings; here are some of the publication years and binding notes, although there may well be others.

  1. 1920, 1921, 1922: 6 volumes, black
  2. 1925, 1928: 6 volumes, green/silver and red
  3. 1932, 1934, 1936: 6 and 12 volumes, green/silver
  4. 1937: 12 volumes, navy blue and rainbow
  5. 1950, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963: 12 volumes, rainbow
  6. 1971 reprint by United Educators: 12 volumes, white

The titles of the 12 volumes are (for the 6 volume set, titles are just the odd numbered ones): In the Nursery, Story Time, Up One Pair of Stairs, Through the Gate, Over the Hill, Through Fairy Halls, The Magic Garden, Flying Sails, The Treasure Chest, From the Tower Window, In Shining Armor and Halls of Fame.

It is very common that volume one is either missing or in tatters. This is because the set is sequential by age, and the babies who drool over the nursery rhymes often destroy the book, while the 10 and 12 year olds who read volume 12 keep the books in much better shape.

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My Brimful Book

edited by Dana Bruce
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor, Margot Austin, Wesley Dennis.
NY: Platt & Munk, 1960

There is also a Watty Piper anthology with a similar title, but this book is basically an anthology of three other books:
Favorite Poems of Childhood. Illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
Mother Goose Rhymes. Illustrated by Margot Austin.
Animal Stories. Illustrated by Wesley Dennis.

My Brimful Book

Let's pretend: Stories adapted from the famous radio program "Let's pretend" heard over the Columbia Broadcasting System

Nila Mack
Whitman Publicing, 1947.

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales

Compiled and Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
NY: Random House, 1971

Contents: The Lost Half-Hour; Feather o' my Wing; The Nightingale; Beauty and the Beast; The Forest Bride; The Three Wishes; The Dreamer; The Swan Maiden; The Happy Prince; The Prince and the Goose Girl; Prince Rabbit; The Seven Simons.

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales

The Real Story Book

stories retold by Wallace C. Wadsworth
NY: Rand McNally, 1927. reprint 1946.

Contest: How Jack found his fortune; Bob-white and the farmer man; Peter rabbit; How the sea became salt; The cock, the mouse, and the little red hen; The gingerbread man; The old woman and her pig; The straw ox; The seven wonderful cats; The three wishes; The three bears; The pied piper; Little black sambo; The teeny-tiny woman; The three little pigs; Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar; The little red hen; Henny Penny.

Stories Children Love

edited by Watty Piper
NY: Platt & Munk, 1923
Large green cloth hardcover with paste-on pictorial label and full color and black and white illustrations

Contents: Little Red Riding Hood, Story of Peter Pan, Dick Wittington and His Cat, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Three Bears, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Stories Children Love

Stories That Never Grow Old

Edited by Watty Piper
Illustrated by George and Doris Hauman
Platt & Munk, 1938, 1969
68 pages, hardcover

Contents: The Ugly Duckling; the Bremen Town Musicians; The Fox and the Stork; The Boy and the North Wind; The Marriage of Robin Redbreast and the Wren; Hansel and Gretel; The Boy Who Cried "Wolf!"; Billy Goat Gruff; The Pied Piper of Hamelin; The Little Engine that Could; The Lion and the Mouse; Shingebiss.

Tales from Storyland

Edited by Watty Piper
Illustrated by George and Doris Hauman
Platt & Munk 1941
blue cloth with pictorial label, approx 80 pages

Contents include: The Pied Piper Of Hamelin; The Boy Who Cried Wolf; Hansel and Gretel; The Ugly Duckling; Billy Goat Gruff; and 10 others.

Tales from Storyland

The Tall Book of Make-Believe

edited by Jane Werner
illustrated by Garth Williams
NY: Harper & Brothers, 1950.

Contents: Somewhere, One Day When We Went Walking, The Sugar-Plum Tree, The Very Mischief, The Little House, Susan's Bears, The Duel, What I Would Do, Mr. Nobody, Someone, Bad Mousie, Calico Pie, Mrs. Brown, The Whale, Moon Song, The Mermaid, The Everlasting Lollipop, The Bear Hunt, Wynken Blynken and Nod, Foreign Lands, A Piper, The Little Elf, The Pear Tree, Growing Up, The Land of Counterpane, Georgie, Strange Tree, When I Was a Bird, How They Bring Back the Village of Cream Puffs When the Wind Blows it Away, Hiding, The Invisible Playmate, A Swing Song, Clouds, The Crescent Moon.

The Tall Book of Make-Believe

The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book

Edited and Adapted by Katharine Gibson
Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Boston: Little Brown, 1942

Contents: Introduction for Their Elders; The Three Bears; Little Red Ridinghood; Jack and the Beanstalk; The Three Little Pigs; Cinderella; Puss in Boots; Tom Thumb; Beauty and the Beast; Hansel and Gretel; The Ugly Duckling; The Princess and the Pea; The Tinderbox; The Pied Piper of Hamelin; Rumpelstiltskin; Seven at a Stroke; The Goose Girl; Dick Whittington and His Cat; The Bremen Town Musicians; The Showmaker and the Elves; Rapunzel; The Fisherman and the Wife; The Six Swans; The Princess Who Could Not Laugh; King Thrushbeard; Mother Hulda; Snow White and Rose Red; Sleeping Beauty; The White Snake.

The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book

Through Golden Windows

Edited by Nora Beust, Phyllis Fenner, Bernice E. Leary, Mary Katherine Reely, and Dora V. Smith.
NY: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1958.

"The New All-Interest Home Library for Children" in five volumes.

Good Times Together: Stories and Rhymes of Fun and Laughter
Mostly Magic: Best-Loved Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Rhymes
Stories of Early America: From Before the White Man came to Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill and the Winning of the West
Wide Wonderful World: The Wonders of Nature
Wonderful Things Happen: Adventures Everywhere

Through Golden Windows

Treasure Book of Fairy Tales

edited by Woman's day Magazine
Retold by Ann McGovern; introduction by Joyce Brothers
Illustrations by Nola Langner
NY: Fawcett Crest, 1959
Mass market paperback, 192 pp., medium blue wraps with cinderella on front

Contents: Goldilocks and the three bears, the three little pigs, the Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, the milkmaid and her pail, the ant and the grasshopper, the crow and the pitcher, the boy who cried wolf, the hare and the tortoise, the fox and the grapes, the rabbits and the frogs, belling the cat, the fox and the stork, the wolf and the goat, the lion and the mouse, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Jack and the beanstalk, the fisherman and his wife, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in boots, the sleeping beauty, the Emperor's new clothes, the frog prince, the shoemaker and the elves, Bremen town musicians, the ugly duckling, the princess and the pea, Tom Thumb, Snow White and Rose Red, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, the brave little tailor, Rapunzel, Beauty and the beast, the pied piper of Hamelin.

The Wonderful Worlds of Walt Disney

Golden Press, 1965
Illustrations by the Walt Disney Studios

Four boxed volumes:
Green: Walt Disney's Worlds of Nature
Blue: Walt Disney's America
Red: Walt Disney's Fantasyland
Yellow: Walt Disney's Stories from Other Lands

Contents of Stories from Other Lands: Mary Poppins, the sword in the stone, Alice in Wonderland meets the white rabbit, 101 dalmations, Peter Pan, the adventures of Robin Hood, Goliath II, Portugal: beside the sea, Sardinia: an island apart, Morocco: the blue men, Lapland: people of the reindeer, the Highlands: Scotland's crown, the Danube: river highway of central Europe, Switzerland: people of the mountains, the Swiss family Robinson, Bambi, Darby O'Gill, Big Red, Zorro, the cold-blooded penguin.

The Wonderful Worlds of Walt Disney The Wonderful Worlds of Walt Disney

The Young Folks Shelf of Books

Junior Classics, 1938
colored simulated-leather bound with carved images

  1. Vol 1 Red cover Fairy Tales & Fables
  2. Vol 2 Green cover Stories of Wonder
  3. Vol 3 Blue cover Myths and Legends
  4. Vol 4 Dark Orange cover Hero Tales
  5. Vol 5 Light Green cover Stories that Never Grow Old
  6. Vol 6 Light Orange cover Stories about Boys and Girls
  7. Vol 7 Dark Green cover Animal Book
  8. Vol 8 Brown cover Stories from History
  9. Vol 9 Dark Brown cover Sports and Adventure
  10. Vol 10 Light Orange Poetry Reading and Index of stories
The Young Folks Shelf of Books

Young Years
Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children

Parents Magazine Press, 1960

Partial Contents: Nursery Rhymes, Nursery Stories (including The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Tale of Peter Rabbit), Fables (there are 20), Fairy Tales (including Snow White, Cinderella, The Wonderful Tar Baby Story -- Brer Rabbit), Poetry (including Wynken, Blynken and Nod).

Young Years
Young Years