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Looking for a book

I am looking for a book that I think may have been called "Santa Claus is Coming" or something like that and it could have been written in the 1940's or early 1950's. It was about a family and Christmas...simple and not too long. It was my favorite book between 1950-1953. I wish I could remember more details to help in the search. Please let me know if you can identify it. Thanks!!

1970s Little Match Girl

I had a copy of this when I was young, so I'd guess this was published from the mid 1970s to the early 80s. It was hard cover and I remember the book being brown, but this might be because many of the illustrations had a brown or sepia tone. I've looked at Google Images and don't see anything that looks like what I remember. Any ideas?

children's audio book from late 70's or early 80's

i am trying to find the title of a book that was sold to my parents by a couple of traveling salesmen, who were selling encylcopedia's in the early 80's- They sold my parents a book that had 3 children's stories inside and it came with audio tapes.
One story was about a bubble gum machine and another story was about a little monster's birthday...
That is all I can remember... I think the book was yellow??

Looking for a series of illustrated books

Im looking for a series of illustrated childrens books possibly from the 60's 70's or 80's. They were written by a man and a woman, i think she wrote the books and he illustrated (possibly husband and wife) and their picture was always on the back of the books, and they looked a little hippy-ish. The books were always about mythical creatures, usually had a story about a mother, father, child, one of the books revolved around pegasus', another was dragons, and perhaps unicorns. Please Help!



Looking for a Book

Looking for info on a book by an Austrailian writer (maybe), 1950's or there about. Only have a basic story. Two dogs telling the story, one a poodle the other a boxer, and their humans owners are the pets that the dogs are taking care of. One point in the story one of the dogs saves a boy from a rabid dog and is caged because they think he has rabies to. A friend of mine remembers it from her childhood in Austrailia, and wished she had brought her copy with her when she moved to Canada.

Book I read sometime ago

The book was about a boy who was living a normal life until the day he was supposed to be issued his job. he didn't get one and at the end he was told he had a special job that only he could do. his job was that he could see in colour and he had been seeing flashes of the colour red for some time. it was also found out that the whole place that he lived in was in black, white and gray. also people had to do certain things within a time frame. e.g his sister had to get rid of her ribbons and start riding a bike at a certain age. i don't remember much, but i do remember that the man who saw colour before him died or got ill and he found out that the old people were being killed off at a certain age even if they were healthy. he finally escaped this place in the end to the real world were everyone could see in colour.

if anyone has read this book could you please tell m the name, i am dying to read it again, thanks.

Collection of childhood stories and nursery rhymes

I am looking for a book my mother would read nursery stories and rhymes from. It was first published in 1947. The second writing was in 1950. Some of the Illustrators were Gladys Michell,Ross,and Martha E. Miller. The Editor in chief was Esther M. Bjoland. The book is titled The Child's World, volume one, Childhood Stories.

Posting a Want.

Volume one is listed as Childhood Stories. The entire series is called The Child's World. Volume One does seem to be very hard to find. I would suggest leaving a want on www.abebooks.com, and then moving very quickly when the book does come up.

Rainy Day Activity Book-milk carton birdhouse

Looking for a rainy day activity book that had newspaper scope and milk carton birdhouse equipped with peanut butter and birdseeds.

Boy's brother dies then he finds a stray dog that is his brother

I read a book a while back about a boy who was obsessed with the idea of going to Georgia to see rockets fly. He had model rockets of all sorts, and always watched rocket tv shows and such. It all took place during the Vietnam War and his father was digging a bomb shelter outside, and his father became obsessed with the project, but something terrible happened. A boy that I think ended up having a mental disability wanted the boy's toy rocket, and he went to get it and the boy fell in the ditch that was going to be used for the shelter and was speared on a cast-iron foundation bar. The boy's brother was devastated. He later found a stray dog and somehow figured out his brother's soul was in this dog, and the boy tried hitchhiking his way to Georgia to see the rockets. At one point he was taken into custody, and went on the news and eventually made it to Georgia. I also believe at one point the boys (before the brother died) had a secret hide out in the woods, and also at the end the dog leads the boy to the dead brother's toy in the mentally disabled boy's backyard. Thanks, -Kyle

Would really like to find this childhood memory!

In the early 1960's I had a soft cover book about 5"x7". The cover was white. It was filled with real photographs of things in the woods like toadstools, ferns, mosses, fungus, leaves. The book described how fairies, or pixies, used these things every day. Please help me find it if you can. thanks.

Children Old fairy tales

Hi, I´m looking for a book that my auntie used to read to me in the mid-90`s. It had a story for every day and the stories were like tales about elfs, witches and ravens. I can remember that the illustrations were very realistic and the cover was green with an orange fox that was reading stories from a book in a rocking chair and around him were different characters like little red ridding hood or pinocchio even though most of these characters weren´t on the stories. Could you help me out? Do you have any idea of the title or autor of this book? Thank you!

About a girl who lives on a ship.

A young girl who lives on a ship. She fantasizes about being a princess. This book had to be from the 70's or 80's. I believe that the cover may be of a young girl laying on her bed. Possibly with her hair in two braids.

girl with red hair

In the 80's I read a book about a little girl who was made fun of by others for her big red hair, so she climbed a tree. I remember she looked in the mirror and I think she fell out of the tree and broke her arm. I don't remember the title or the author. Thanks!


I am looking for a book that I believe is a Christmas book. It's about a little boy who has a blanket that he carries absolutely everywhere. It begins to fall apart and so his grandpa turns it into something smaller than a blanket and it keeps falling apart so the grandpa turns it into something else and it continues to wear out so in the very end the grandpa turns it into a handkerchief for the little boy. I have been looking for this book for years so if anyone can help I would appreciate it greatly!

book about a little girl wearing different outfits and staining

My sister and I loved this book when we were little and cannot think of the name. It was illustrated and was about a little girl who had seven different outfits, and stained each one every day with different things. One day it was pink ice cream, another day it was grass stains. We have been trying to google and figure this book out for YEARS. Please help :)

Childrens book

I am looking for a chapter book for children with different stories. Had a hardfront cover pink and I think a castle on the front. The first story was about two little kids who would pretend to see different things. They liked to pretend and make stories up about people that walked by.

Looking for short chapter book brother sister

Looking for a short chapter book that I read in late 80's was about a poor brother and sister, I remember it being a dark story with a cover of girl looking sad under bridge or underpass or something.
Was my favorite book for a very long time. I think they were homeless/poor/running/hiding away from something and the title was something like underground or box...

just cant remember the name of this book

its about a little boy who looks through a mirror in his mums bedroom and wants to get to the other side. one day he falls through the mirror and then realises that he doesnt want to be there but back to this side. I used to read this book to my boys in the late 80s and would like to know what it is

Bossy eats grass

Looking for a book that my grandma used to read to me in the early 90's. The only two phrases i can remember from it are: Billy goat billy goat cant but me, because i stand behind a tree! Bossy eats grass and swishes her tail, and drinks her milk from a shiny blue pail! I think it was a hardcover book that was pretty big. Any ideas or help finding the name of this book would be greatly appreciated!!!

1970s reading book

Do anyone remember an grammar book that had a bunch of kids of various races, but two of the kids were black and there names were Debbie and Van. I think they were brother and sister. I live in southern Louisiana...

Vintage multicultural readers.

We don't know much about readers and we couldn't find this with a quick search, so I'll refer you to two people: Denise at http://www.tagnwag.com/index.html (Contact at: ttp://www.tagnwag.com/contact.html) who is the only dealer I know who specializes exclusively in vintage readers, and Brown Sugar & Spice Book and Educational Service http://www.brownssbooks.com/, created by a bookseller and educator specializing in modern books, who might also have information about Southern vintage readers. One important fact for your search: Readers were issued for particular states or regions, so, for instance, a Wisconsin Bobbs Merrill edition might have a different racial mix from a Louisiana one. Good luck, write back if this doesn't help, Suzanne


I'm looking for a book, I'm not sure what it's called or who it's written by, but I remember there was a girl and she was kinda big and she had a pet anteater and she had a friend who used to wear a baseball uniform. The drawing style was odd and I believe it was pastel colors. These books mean alot to me and I would love to find them!! :)

Nightingale who lives in India

I remember reading this book when I was a kid. It was about a small, brown nightingale who lived in India(It wasn't The Emperor's Nightingale). I remember the pictures being very colorful, with somewhat thick black outlines; they resembled stained glass.

There were two stories in the book:

In the first story, the nightingale gets a thorn stuck in her foot, and asks a barber for help. The barber won't help her, for some reason(I think that he may have said that he was too busy, but I'm not sure), and the nightingale, angered by his selfishness, asks the rajah to help her get the better of him, but he won't(I remember the rajah being rather large and fat; he had a black mustache and wore a pinkish-purple suit and a turban of the same color). The nightingale then asks a mouse to nibble a hole in the rajah's belly, but he won't, then she asks a tiger to catch the mouse, but he won't. I don't remember all of what happened next, but she basically asks several other people to help but they won't, and she somehow finally convinces everyone to help her, resulting in such things as the mouse saying, "I will nibble a hole in the rajah's belly", and the rajah agreeing to get back at the barber et al. The barber begs for mercy, and finally helps the nightingale get the thorn out of her foot.

The second story I regrettably only have a vague memory of, but the nightingale was(I think) playing various pranks on the rajah(I don't remember the reason why, but he might have given her trouble earlier), such as tricking a frog into his food, with predictable end results. I remember a picture of the rajah raging over all of the things that kept happening. Needless to say, things are rectified between the two of them when all is said and done.

Any information would be much appreciated!

80's children's activity book

I'm looking for a children's book my mom used to read to me. It contained short stories and had tools to learn how to count. The book was light purple and was probably 12" x 9" in size. I remember the counting activity used different things to help memorization also. I remember one number had fish another was drums and there were kings. All the things had names. Example for the fish is: Fishy, dishy, pishy and squishy. The drums were something like: drum little, tum little. The kings were: kingy, clingy, ringy, dingy...etc. well you get the idea. One of the short stories was about lightening bugs. There was also a short story about Lady Bugs. I was born in 1981 and I remember my mom reading it when I was in kindergarten that would have been in "86". Please help! I have searched forever and can't find this book anywhere.

Kids bear novel

Im looking for a book I was given when I was in primary school, this would have been roughly 1996. I think the story predates that as it was set not long after the war I THINK. What I remember of the book was a teddy bear was abandoned at a dump. He was found by a little girl one night who took him to her grannies and she fixed him up. The story continues with the teddy finding a number of new homes, one of these being with a large family. A bit I remember was of one of the young boys on the family having a competition with one of his friends to see who could urinate the highest up a wall. The teddy is left alone in a room with other toys when the family go on holiday to I think the seaside. Another bit I can roughly remember is the bear in some kind of shop where he is left on a high shelf, doubtful that he'll ever find a new owner. The title of the book I think is something like The Bear With No Name or A Bear By Any Other Name. I could be completely off with that. Hope someone can help.

A village girl becomes a princess

Someone turns up at a small village (perhaps in Switzerland?) and it is announced that someone must be chosen to represent the village - I can't remember the exact details but a girl (and maybe a boy too) are chosen and have to travel far away to a kind of school where they have many trials and tasks. I don't remember them being very happy about going and I believe the children were in their early teens, because I think there was a mild hint at future romance. At the end I think the girl is chosen to become the princess or duchess or whatever the training/competition was all for.....I would guess that the book was written in the 80s but it may have been a bit earlier or later (no later than 1996). I first encountered the story on cassette tape at my local library in the UK. I think it was set sometime between 1800 and 1920 - any help finding the book would be wonderful and very much appreciated.

Fox caught in trap dies in snowstorm & red flowers grow

Trying to find a children's book I read in the 70's/80's about a baby fox that got caught in a trap. The mother fox stayed w/the baby as snow fell. In the Spring a couple whom had seen the foxes the season before comes across the trap & there are red flowers blooming there.

Collection of Children's Stories

I had a book once, ten years plus ago, that I am trying to find again. It was a collection of children's stories with every page illustrated. Some stories included a surprise birthday party one kid planned for another, a story about witches (maybe bones), a story about a boy who goes under the sea with an old man to a hidden cave and finds treasures collected over the years. I have been unable to find this book!

Book about a boy dreaming

The book I'm looking for is a book with mostly pictures and some writing, probably published between 1990-1995. It's about a boy who falls asleep in his bed, and his dream is of him going into the woods or a forest, but he gets there by flying on his bed, which then turns into a leaf. A lot of the pictures resemble MC Escher pictures, shapes turning into something different but all connected. Thanks for your help!

"Free Fall" by David Wiesner,

"Free Fall" by David Wiesner. Scholastic, 1992.  Nice art!

A book without its Cover Page

Hey, when I was in class sixth i found a book in my school library that had no cover. I began reading it (though could only read it till the third or fourth page) and realized that it was a horror story. It started with a a very disturbing nightmare that ended with the ringing of the alarm when the protagonist wakes up. The girl who was about to attend the first day of her new school. The girl was a teenager and i don't remember her name. Then, her mom drops her off to school and she does not get a very good feeling about what she is going to do.
This is where I read the story till. And i think that the name of the story had the word 'disaster' in it, if i'm not wrong. I know this information is not enough but it would be of great help if you could help me find the name of this book because i have been waiting ever since to read it.

Book about a girl whose hair enabled her to see in the dark

This was a chapter book for 10+ years, not a picture book. I believe it won an award, but I may be mistaken, and I believe it was written fairly recently (at least within the latter half of the previous century or in this century). The edition I had was a fairly modern publication, the front cover depicted a red girl (painted in watercolour) and some blue shadow-monsters behind and above her.

The plot was about a girl, orphaned (or so she thought) who had always had her hair cut short at the orphanage where she used to live. She goes to live in a massive house (possibly in Scotland/Ireland) and discovers its cellars. Through this she discovers her clumsiness was due to her hair being cut short, and that she can see in the dark when it's long. She finds out at the end that her mother was a kelpie/mermaid or similar mythical sea creature (if I remember correctly).

Please can anyone help? I can't remember the title or author.

Looking for an old blue/green cloth? book

I am looking for a book my mother read to me when I was young at least 30 years ago. It was given to her by my grandfather and it had a collection of short stories and fable type stories. I can barely remember the book except that it was supposedly for kids but too much for us to read to ourselves, it was ofa blue green dark color and I think the title was in a gold or silver, it was old then so probably from the 50's ro 60's my mother was born early fifties. and theatories were kind of dark. One word that sticks out is 'oblong' or 'oolong'and 'blue' there were other things like king andi thinkthe oblong was not hard i texture for aome reason and there was trickery involed,
there were other stories as well not all seemed dark
If there was illustrations they were pencil type of pictures and not kid style of pics with colors. It was maybe 1-2 in thick

For collections of stories,

For collections of stories, go to Loganberry Books' Anthology Finder at www.loganberrybooks.com/most-anthologies.html .  The page has photos of over 40 of the most-sought anthologies, with brief descriptions of contents. Study the page, and you may spot the book you're looking for.

Looking for a book from the

Looking for a book from the early 1950's - might be a Golden Book or Wonder book, that had little flaps that you open to see the pictures behind, i.e. a nest of squirrels in the trunk of a tree, birds nest behind the leaves, rabbits underground. Any ideas?

Childrens' Books from the 1960s

I am trying to find two books that I read back in the 60s. The first book had to do with a child wanted her mother to get a new stove for the kitchen. I cant remember if it was for Christmas or a birthday. I thought the name of the book was "The Nickel Plated Stove".

The second book was about a girl and her siblings were out in the snow and I think they were trying to get home. But I think there was riding in a buggy, carriage or wagon when it turned over. To keep the others safe she laid over them and told the children to keep moving their hand and legs to stay warm. Eventually the children were found, but the older girl had froze to death. They erected a statue in her honor.

Close!  The Nickel-Plated

Close!  The Nickel-Plated Beauty, by Patricia Beatty.  Kids in Washington State order their mother a new stove for the kitchen.  1963, plus reprints.
   The second one... we're thinking.  Anyone?

trying to find children's book from the 50's

when i was in elementary school, 1957-58, our third grade teacher read daily a book about childen who lived in ajoining houses, estates, if i remember correctly and they weren't allowed to play together so they dug a tunnel underneath the adjoining wall to play.

i remember being so excited every day for the teacher to read the next chapter, it instilled a love in reading that has been a life long passion.

unfortunately, the teacher is now dead, and i don't know title or author, just hoping some of this will ring a bell. thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

No Name

My Father is looking for a book he read in the early 1960's. It is a child's book about an indian boy, his indian name was NO NAME. He doesn't remember the author or what the book looks like but he was pretty sure the book title is NO NAME. he said the stroy was about the indian boy and his daily routine and he falls in love with an Indian girl. I am truly hoping someone can help me find this book, my father cannot find it anywhere and none of the search engines get me anywhere close to finding it. Thank You.

Girls that live in a cottage in a meadow save a rabbit from trap

I keep thinking the name of this book is Away in a Meadow, or Down in the Meadow, or perhaps A Cottage in the Meadow, but none of those bring anything up.

Several girls live alone in a cottage in a meadow, one day they decide to have a parade. I can still see one of the girls wearing a bucket on her head. They come across a wounded rabbit caught in a trap and nurse it back to health at home.

I remember reading it when I was a very little girl in the 80's. It's a really sweet book that was lost in a house fire, and I want to read it to my daughter. Hope you can help!!

Once Upon a Time in the

Once Upon a Time in the Meadow by Rose Selarose

Autograph book style poems about food

I took this book out of the library a few years ago; I remember almost everything about it except the title and the author. It was a small book of humorous food poems in the style of autograph book verse, with black line drawings(It wasn't an Alan Tiegreen book). There was one poem that went something like, "How do you like your carrots? Raw! Raw! Raw! How do you like your cabbage? Slaw Slaw! Slaw! How do you like your chocolate? Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! How do you like Woodrow High! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! They're for the birds!", with a picture of a boy and girl surrounded by various birds,and another poem made up of humorous quips("What's the deal, banana peel? It's your fault, garlic salt.)with a picture of an apple pie with a smiling face, and one with a picture of a guy selling watermelon("Sweet watermelon! Ripe and juicy! Fit for you and fit for Lucy!"),and even a few jokes such as, "Do you have chicken legs?" "Yes, we do." "Well, wear long pants and they won't show." with a picture of a chicken wearing overalls. Any information would be much appreciated.

Children's Christmas Picture Book

I am looking for what I think was a hardbound children's picture book about Christmas. I remember reading it as a child around 1986. It may have been printed as early as the 1950s though. The illustrations were full-page and I think the text was printed in the illustrations. The story was about a little girl, who I believe lived with her Grandmother. They weren't going to have much of a Christmas. I remember the kitchen being described as having "cheery red checked curtains." The little girl and grandmother go into town. The main street is described as busy with shoppers, there are Christmas lights up everywhere, and the little girl stops to look in the windows.

The little girl stops specifically at a toy store window where she sees a lovely doll that she wants. I think it was dressed in pink. The little girl wants the doll, but it is taken out of the window. I can't remember how, but the little girl receives the doll for Christmas.

This was a favorite book of mine. I can't remember if I picked it up in the library or actually owned the book. I used to read it with my grandmother as a little girl, so I know I was reading it somewhere between 1984 and 1987. I hope this sounds familiar or helps with the search.

Orphan boy

I only remember him living in a tree and making acorn pancakes. I don't think it was a boxcar childrens story but it was around that time period I was reading these in the 1960's.

My Side of the Mountain, by

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George.  1960 Newbery Honor Book. The boy runs away from his home in New York City to live in the Catskills Mountains for a year - makes acorn pancakes, among other ingenious things.

childrens book about the rain

I'm trying to find a childrens book but i can't remember the title. I know its a guy that stands in the field or on top of a mountain while standing on 1 leg with a stick and I think he was waiting for the rain to come. Can someone help me please???

Classics collection

Hi, I am trying to find a classics collection of children's books that included Pride & Prejudice, Ivanhoe, Swiss Family Robinson & Kidnapped (there were more) I had mine in Australia in 1986. They were abridged very thin books with paperback covers. The pride & prejudice had a peach colour cover & Ivanhoe a blue colour cover. I'd love to find out what the collection was & who published them. If anyone has any information I'd be extremely grateful.

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