December 19, 2006

The New York Review Children's Collection Puts Awesome Books Back In Print

wee_gillis_nyrcc.jpgWhen I discovered Richard McGuire's incredible kids' books, it blew me away that titles from just a few years ago could already be out of print. [Which isn't the same as being unavailable to buy, of course, but still.] There are thousands more beautiful, memorable, funny, obscure, famous, even classic kids' books that have gone out of print.

Fortunately, there are a few people working to bring some back. The New York Review Children's Collection has set out to reissue 8-10 such titles/year. So far, there are 24 in the series, including D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls, an overlooked complement to the couple's classic D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, and Wee Gillis, the adventures of some Scottish kid as told by the creators of Ferdinand The Bull, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson.

Kids' Books That Never Grow Old [washpost]
Browse The New York Review Children's Collection Titles [nybooks]


you cannot miss with the Jenny and the Cat Club titles. I found one at a trade show (American Library Association!) and immediately was transported back to the age of 7. Totally great.

[i had no idea. thanks for the vote -ed.]

I had borrowed a wee gillis first edition from someone when our son was reallly tiny, but I snapped this up at the first chance I could when they reissued it. It's one of his Xmas gifts and he thinks anyone with bagpipes rules all.

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