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Searching for a Book Online
Selling One or Two Books
Finding and Valuing an Older Book
Describing a book for your query
Followed by a Comments section, which you may use to post a query.

Searching for a Book Online:

Our Old Children's Books Search:
First, it's worth trying our own Advanced Search.  About 3/4 of our children's books, are on this site.  Although only about 500 have pictures, almost all contain plot descriptions and Keywords (tags). These can be searched using the Description and Keyword field or the simple search on the website.

We are specialist children's booksellers. There are better sources on the net for inquiring about most children's books, especially readers, series, modern, or mass market books. Please try the links below before contacting us:

Absolute Best: Loganberry Books
Loganberry Books home page.

Select "Nostalgia" from the menu.
Look through other people's queries and Solved Mysteries; post your own book query.
See this Loganberry page for children's storybooks or anthologies:
Loganberry Books Anthology Page,

It's in there somewhere: ABE Books Advanced Search
Abebooks Advanced Search.
For best results use only: Title, Author, Date Range, and Keywords. You will be able to limit your search further once you reach the results page. This is the best book search engine on the net, from a huge Canadian company originally started by booksellers.
Millions of books of all kinds from dealers all over the world, some not found in libraries.

Most of the English language books ever published: WorldCat
https://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch lists entries from catalogues of libraries in English speaking countries around the world. You should limit your search at least to Format:Book, and Audience:Juvenile. You can do this on the advanced search page or once you arrive at the results, using the left hand column, as with abe. Often you can find more about the content of a title by going to an individual library holding. (Because you won't get as many duplicate titles, Worldcat works better for common titles than Abe or Amazon.) If you have access to a university reference library, you can access a more WorldCat reliable search.

Ask the experts: Steve Santi
For a Little Golden, Elf, or similar book, try the forum on:

Pictures are best:
Once you have narrowed down a possible title, try Amazon.com or Google.com Images for an image. The colour option on Google is working better and better. It's a real help. I have started using Images on bing.com also, something about the quality and the layout makes IDs easier.  Amazon and Google pictures are not accurate though, so use the "Seller Supplied Pictures"  (not the Stock pictures) on Abebooks for specific editions. (Look in the left hand column to limit your search to these.)

A few words can help:
If all you can remember is a few words, try Google.com.
Put the words in quotes.
Use only one or two, essential, easily-spelled, keywords.
Try this sample Google search:   "I think I can"  train
Remember that one?

Selling One or Two Books.

Probably the easiest place for an individual to sell books with an ISBN is on Amazon. Look up your book, click on the picture, then look in the blue box for "Have one to sell?" and click on "Sell yours here." Amazon's instructions for selling are very clear. If, and only if, Amazon has listed the book in the past, will you be able to list also.  Ebay is also very easy and inexpensive to use for a few books and it allows you more room to describe the books.

For pricing your book, it is easier and more accurate to use Abebooks Advanced Search https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchEntry to find a price. Then double check on Amazon because prices there are sometimes higher.  Amazon's Search is really not set up for out of print books.

Condition, especially the presence of a jacket if called for,  and publication data are extremely important, but just record what you see, don't try to grade or ascertain edition and printing. The more care you put into describing your books, the more likely you are to sell them. Note: We do not purchase books online, sight unseen. Please do not offer them to us. Thank you. If you have a collection or several rare books you are interested in selling to us, especially if you live in the Northwest, please look on /buying-and-pricing-childrens-books

Finding and Valuing an Older Book.

We are happy to assist you in finding a half-remembered book from the 1930s  or before. Our email address is on the Contact Us page. We do not run a formal Book Search and we will not order books for you, but we'll try to point you in the right direction. For a more modern book read the suggestions above or post a Comment/query on this page..

We never value a book over the net, nor do other reputable booksellers. If you have an older book which seems to have value, you might want to look at our page Buying and Selling Children's Books.

Look through the suggestions below. If the process seems too complicated, we are pleased to recommend an very experienced children's specialist bookseller who does formal book searches and keeps a want list for customers.

Jeryl Metz Woitach
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697 West End Ave, #13A
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Tel. (212) 864-3055
Email: Jmwbooks@aol.com
Website: https://www.abebooks.com/jeryl-metz%2C-books-new-york-ny/6872/sf

Describing a Book.

-Basic Information:
    The latest possible year of publication, i. e. before (date).
    Your estimate as to the range of possible publication dates.
    Picture book or children's novel
    Source: Library? School? An older family book?

- Anything at all you remember about the book:
    Phrases or refrains,
    Bits of plot.
-Illustrations: the quickest way to ID, the hardest quality to describe.
    Separate plates or in text?
    Other illustrators the pictures call to mind?

Choose your search words carefully:
Unusual words really help: wallaby works better than bear as a search word.
Names which could be spelled in various ways are hard to search; Peatie Peety Petey Peetie Peaty
Words which could be hyphenated or not also take time, especially with older books which may follow different conventions: dog house, dog-house, doghouse
Avoid abbreviations, they could be spelled out or not: Dr/Doctor. Mr./Mister Co./Company  Inc./
Avoid possessives, although sometimes it doesn't matter.

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Maybe a Monster

And my dad came through for me, so I had to share with you!!


I'm in the same boat.

I really would love to know the name of this as well. I remember it vividly as one of my favorite stories as a young child. I remember it had a lot of greens and browns when it comes to the coloration of it. That's about all I can add. I'm asking my dad and brothers if they remember it it.

Middle grades fiction about going to the moon

I have been looking for this book for a decade! I read it in middle school (mid-90s) but it could have first been published years before then. If I had to guess, I would say it was published in the 80s or early 90s. All I can remember is that it was an early reader chapter book about a trip to the moon....probably less than 75 pages. I think the main character was a girl and I think that the trip was supposed to be a permanent move. I don't know if there were pictures, but when I look up key words online, all I get are non-fiction books or elementary picture books. It would mean so much if I could find this book!

book of short stories from the 90s?

Im looking for a book that my techer read to me in grade 5 or 6 (around 1998 ish?) around the same time morris gleitzman and paul jennings bought out wicked.
It looked like a novel and was full of short stories that had little mysteries in them with questions at the end that we had to solve together.

The one story I remember was of a little girl who was not allowed to go into her basement because her birthday present was there. She went in there and found her birthday bike then made a noise and heard her dad coming so she quickly turned off the light and ran upstairs and told her dad she wasnt down there. he went down and touched the light and screamed and when he came back up he told her he knew she had seen her present and the mystery question was "How did her dad know she had seen it?" and the answer was because when he touched the light it was still hot and burnt him".... does this ring a bell for you?

Thank you!

I've been looking for a book for over 20 years now. I found it within five minutes on your site: The Treasure Is The Rose. This is a fond memory I have of my grandmother but was unable to find it among her books after she passed away. Thank you for helping to make the connection.

Two book questions

Both books are from 70's to 80's. The first is about two girls that are best friends and not real popular. One of the girls loves the song At Seventeen by Janis Ian.

The other is a girl that time travels through dreams. I know its not much to go on but its been over 25 years since I read them. Would love to have my kids read them. Thank you for your time.

Monsters and mail

I am looking for an old book I read from the school library arund 1979 - 1982. It was about a little boy or girl who posted a letter and it was taken by a small monster who was eaten by a larger monster who, in turn, was eaten by a larger monster...etc, until the largest monster (size of the sky) dropped the letter where it was supposed to be delivered. It was well illustrated and I have no idea what it was called or the author. Any ideas?


The book is ONE MONSTER AFTER ANOTHER by Mercer Mayer. It was republished in 2001 so hopefully it won't be too hard to find a copy.

Rabbit steals a hair comb

I'm looking for a book about a woman who is wearing a beautiful dress. She falls asleep and a rabbit comes and takes her hair comb. He takes it into a rabbit hole full of stars and constellations. This book also contains a story about a woman wearing a dress made of pockets where she keeps treats that she gives to children.

Children's Novel (Fiction) About a Little French Boy

I'm looking for a children's novel (fiction) that was set in France. I think the story took place during WW2, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway, the book was about a little French boy who was abandoned in a hotel (by his uncle) and who eventually found his own way home. He had a pet rat which he thought was a dog (I think the rat's name was Papillon). The only other details about the story is an "elephant gun" and a strange looking man who was partially deaf. I'm not sure when the story was written, but I'd guess that it was 1950's or 1960's.

The King is dying, his subjects tell stories to keep him alive

I'm trying to find this book that I loved in the 80s when I was a kid. It's about a king who is becoming sick, and may die. His subjects, who I seem to recall were animals, tell him stories to keep him alive while one animal makes a voyage to recover something to heal the king. Most of the book are the various stories that are told to the king, interspersed with updates on the progress of the animal's quest to return with healing.

This ring a bell with anyone?

The King of the Copper Mountains

After much searching I think I have found the title of this book - The King of the Copper Mountains by Paul Biegel.

I was thinking about this

I was thinking about this book the other day too! I can't remember the name but I googled my memory of the plot and your question came up. I think it might have had the word King in the title? But I'm not sure. Also I think the animal on the quest was a Rabbit, but again I'm not sure...........if anyone knows the title of this book I would love to hear it!

book series

back in the 40's my dad read me a series of books about animals. they all had titles starting with 'beside the..." or "across the...". the only two words i can remember are 'brook' (something like 'beside the gurgling brook') and 'meadow' (something like 'across the wide meadow'). i loved them as a child and want to recommend them to others but i don't know the author and can't remember any of the titles for certain.
can you help me?

possible answer

Have you looked at Thornton W. Burgess books? Here's the Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_Burgess) - some of the titles may match your memories.

Book Of Short Stories

I am looking for a book of short stories from the 80's or 90's that were all about reading, books, or libraries. I can remember some of the plots. One was about a little girl who goes to her library and discovers that she has gone back in time to what the library was like years ago. Another is about a library about to be closed down, and the books in it are alive. Another is about a girl finding her teenage brother a boyfriend when they are at the library.

Book from my childhood

I had a beloved book in the mid to late 50's. I don't think it was new but not sure. It was about a girl called Annabel (Annabelle). The book was a larger ( bigger than a goldn book) but thin hard covered book with her on the cover, in color, along with a trunk. I think it was in an attic. Any ideas? Thanks

possible answer

Could it be A IS FOR ANNABELLE by Tasha Tudor? The doll has a trunk full of doll clothes and accessories. It was published in the 1950s and republished in 2004.

I'm looking for another book

I'm looking for another book i had as a little kid about minnie mouse and all these little ball germs ? and they kept multiplying... i think they take over her house
There were buttons on the side of the book that you'd push when the book told you to.

orange kitten book circa 1960's

I am looking for a children’s book from I believe the 1960’s or early 1970’s; it could even be older. Unfortunately I do not know any of the title but I remember the content. It was about an orange kitten who becomes separated from the rest of the kitten’s. He keeps saying “I can climb up but I can’t climb down” (or something similar to that). The kitten proceeds to climb higher and higher until he gets to the roof top of the house. He proceeds to fall down the chimney where he gets dirty but is reunited with his family. The pictures of the kittens are photographs not illustrations if I remember correctly.
I hope you can help!

Thank you

Children's Story Book

I remember this children's book from the late 1960's. A large book with several short stories with illustrations. I can recall two stories.
One was of a young girl who misunderstands her doctor's advice to get up an hour earlier every day and actually gets up an hour earlier each and every day to where she is up at 3 in the morning then 2 in the morning etc.
The other was about a small boy who was never chosen for games who decided to put on layers of clothes to where he became an unknown large boy. When participating in a race he can't run very fast so begins to shed his layers of clothes throughout the race, eventually winning but exposing himself as the original small boy.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

children's story book

I also am looking for a children's story book from the 1960s. I believe it was some type of series, which I always remember seeing in the doctor's waiting room. The books were large (maybe 8 x 10) and thick (1/2" - 1"). The covers were a turquoise blue with some type of picture. The books were filled with short stories. The specific story I am looking for is about 2 children in a hospital ward. The first child tells the very sick little boy that Jesus comes through the ward each night looking for children to take home with him. The sick little boy wants to go with Jesus, but never gets chosen. The other child tells him to raise his hand when he goes to sleep so that Jesus will notice him. But he is too weak to keep his hand up, so the first child props his arm up with a pillow. When morning comes, the sick little boy is dead.

a boy and some underground creatures

the story (fiction) was read to me during homeroom in the early part of the 1980's by my homeroom teacher in ca. the short story was apart of a larger book (with other short stories)! the story was about a boy who discovered some people underground (i think they were small and kind of scary); they only came out at night! the plot may have taken place in his backyard or nearby, and i'm not really sure what it was about, but i remember the story being somewhat scary!
please help, thnx!

Series IDed: Mandie by Lois Gladys Leppard.

Mystery series from the 90's

I'm trying to find a series of books that I used to read when I was in elementary school in the early to mid 90's.

It was a mystery series about a preteen girl, blonde (I think), who travled the world with her wealthy grandmother and always ended up finding a mystery to solve. My favorite ones were when she travled to Holland and a French Chateau.

Unfortunately, I can't remember her name, the author's name or really anything important like that.

I'd like to get a hold of some of them for my daughter.


The series is called Mandie but it's by Lois Gladys Leppard. She always finds a mystery to solve and has a pet white kitten.

I am reposting this query from March 9, 2012.... Eventually books get IDed! Thanks to Anonymous who IDed this yesterday.


Boy Barrel Sea

Hi there.

OK, the only thing I remember about this book is that there's a boy in a barrel who's bobbing around out at sea & he's observing the world as it passes by through a knot-hole in the barrel.

It was bound in coarse brown hardback with a picture of the boy in the barrel on the dust jacket cover. I read it in the late 70s - 80s.

I'm looking for the book for the usual sentimental reason of having my son born and thinking back to my own wonderful childhood with books.

Thanks for any info, advice, wisdom, help or whatever you're having yourself!


Hello, Please help!

When I was young, late 80's early 90's there was this book I used to read and all I can remember from it was that it had amazing colorful pictures. The people in the book were a Green people and it's not the book about about the tiny green people who steal. I think these people were at sea or something like that. Thanks!

looking for a book

it was an adventure book about a boy and i believe he was climbing his way through a mountain. the title might have had something to do with an eagle. there's one scene where he's at a bar and the barkeep is this short man who actually turns out to be a woman in disguise. so i think it's set in older times when it wasn't popular for women to hold jobs or be unmarried. also he found the bloody rags from her cycle, so it was before pads, etc. the boy might've been a foster child of some sort, i don't think he had a family. i read it in 7th grade, about 14 years ago.

Mountain book

It might be My Side of the Mountain or The Far Side of the Mountain both by Jean Craighead George. The book you're looking for sounds similar to them although it has been a long time since I've read either of them.

New Fairy Tale Castle 12 Volume Child Book Play Set Toy

New Fairy Tale Castle 12 Volume Child Book Play Set Toy

What is this post?

This does not contain a link, so it is probably a real post, unless you are expecting Google to pick it up. Were you responding to a query? Post it again, using Reply.

Looking for 1950's series of books

I had a set of about 5 large books in the mid 50's that seems to be named the Child's Books, or Child's World or something like that. The one I read over & over was one that had poetry, stories, etc. I can't remember what was in the other volumns. Stories included The Grasshopper & the Ant, Three Little Pigs, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc. The books were fairly tall but not thick. Can anyone help?

mythological characters in cartoon form - series

I'm looking for a series of books probably from the 60's or 70's that included a main character that had wings on his hat or shoes and they competed in Olympic type events in Rome. I think he had a sidekick that was quite a bit larger than him.


These aren't Greco-Roman mythological characters.... but have you looked at Asterix?

I've been looking for this

I've been looking for this book for years & years.
I borrowed it from the library when i was little and at the time it seemed like an old book so i'm gonna guess maybe from the 1950's or 60's.... i'm not sure at all though!

I remember it was a picture book about these wedding cake toppers who get lost and are trying to find their way back to the wedding.. i think. It may have just been the groom topper who got lost.

If anyone knows what i'm talking about i would be SO happy to find it again :)

2 books 50s-60s

Looking for a book like a little Golden Book that was about a pond that dried up and a bear, deer, butterfly and grumpy frog went looking for a new lake to live in. The second had a photo of a toddler in a large had with a title like Lets Play Dress-Up. Thanks

child's book

this book is about a train that picks up passengers at a station and the train then takes off from the station going into the clouds. Eventually it returns to the station. All the pictures are real people. »I do not think there is too much dialogue.


Hi there! Just wondered if anyone out there has the faintest idea what this book is.....my daughter in law used to have a book when she was little (the 90's) it was a childrens book and it sounds a bit crackers but this is what she remembers of it...*deep breath* there was woman who was an island (apparently!)and plants trees and people lived on her, but one day the people started to destroy the trees and she told them to get off her land, so they made their own land but it caught fire and the lady poured water on it and said they could come back if they were nice......it had pictures and was a hardback, and help finding that will be muchly appreciated!! :D

Looking for a children's storybook about a stuffed bunny?

I've been searching high and low for a children's book I used to love as a little girl. I'll do my best to remember the details and possibly when it was published, but it's worth a try!
It was a storybook about a little girl who had a imaginary friend, a stuffed white bunny toy with a little red dress on which had little stars (or possibly flowers on it).
On one page I remember she has a tea party with her bunny and puts a hat on it's head, another page is about the little girl in her garden getting stung by a bee.
I read this book around the mid-1990s, I say around 1994-1996 as my mother made me a replica of the bunny itself, making the identical red dress for my own fuzzy friend to wear.
The illustrations were quite colourful and I think they could have been painted in watercolours, maybe marker. The book itself was a rectangle in width shape from what I remember.

If you could help search for this book I would be thrilled as I'd love to purchase it again for a good dose of childhood nostalgia.
Thank you very much!

Book - Help!

I'm looking for a book I used to get out of the library when I was a child.

I know it must have been published between 1990 and 1995 - although I remember my brothers reading it too when they were young (2001 ish).

It is about a little boy who has a toy ride along car - the seat has a secret compartment and he takes things from around the house and hides them.

I hope you can help.

Thank you!

Frogman's Mother

I am looking for a story that was in a book of stories from the UK. We purchased the book in one of those book clubs, the little papers that were sent home with the children to buy from. This was in the late 1990's, probably 1998. The story featured a little boy and his mom. I believe he was participating in a race. Within the story, the mom refers to herself as "Frogman's Mother"...or the little boy refers to her as such. I cannot for the life of me find the book online or anywhere. It was my son's favorite book when we lived in the UK. I would love to find it so that he can have it. Please help if you can! Thank you!

2 kids books from 70s: Growing food is illegal, and kids trapped

Hi, I've been trying to find two books I read as a kid in the 70s for ever. I don't remember anything about how the books looked, whether they were paperbacks or hardcovers, illustrated or not. I just have a memory of the general storylines.

1. A boy and his father live in a dystopian time where it's illegal to grow your own food. Yet the father grows tomatoes, onions, and other things, and keeps chickens - all in the basement. The boy has a girlfriend at school, and one day the girl comes over to visit. The father decides to make breakfast for everybody. He cooks omelettes, using fresh eggs from his hen(s?) and the veggies he grows. When the girl takes her first bite of the omelette, she cries, because she's never had real food before and couldn't believe how good it tasted.

2. A group of children find themselves somehow locked into a large room - maybe like a warehouse size - that is filled with staircases and landings as far as the eye can see. There is no way out as far as they can tell. They wander around, getting increasingly cranky and hungry until they discover an odd machine on a landing. It has a red light. They try to make it do something by poking it and so on. Eventually they get frustrated and one of the kids sticks out his tongue at it, at which point the light turns green, and a food pellet pops out. One of the kids decides to eat it and they decide it's edible. They keep sticking out their tongue until everybody gets some, but eventually the machine will no longer give pellets in exchange for a tongue-stick-out. Other gestures are tried, and some work. Eventually the kids have to do a complicated and coordinated with all 5 of them participating to get the machine to release any pellets. After a long time (many many days), a door opens, and they are able to go outside. They walk down the street and come to a corner where there's a traffic light. When the red light turns green, all the kids began their dance ...

The first one sounds like The

The first one sounds like The Missing Persons League by Frank Bonham. :o)

The second book is the great

The second book is the great adolescent short novel "House of Stairs" by William Sleator.

House of Stairs

I have been searching for this book since I was in Jr. High, but could not remember the name! As I was reading your description, I got so excited to hear someone describe the plot I have always remembered! A very affecting book! I'm glad others remember this one as fondly as I do. It really made me think! I always remembered that last scene with the traffic light, too. :)


I can't remember the name of this book to save my life! but it is a book with a brown thingy with a potato nose and straw hair that wears overalls and teaches kids lessons on how to be a better kid it was a series and I can't remember the name!!

That sounds to me like the

That sounds to me like the Little Critter books. There are quite a few of them on Amazon.

looking for a book

I read this book as a child but it was translated from English to Sinhala language. the title of the book meant White Gate in Sinhala. It was a collection of childhood memories of a girl. I remember that there was a white gate, gypsies, an oven that mother used to polish with a polish tin of the same name, how they spring cleaned the house etc. Anybody remembering?

Through My Window I can see a robin singing in a tree....

It is an old childrens first reading book.

The words go "through my window I can see a robin singing in a tree, little (someone) out to play .....

then again through my window.... milkman

then again through my window...daddy coming home to me.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Love You Forever

Looking for this book for my grandkids. Story starts with a mother who tucks her son in every night with a poem or song. It starts with "Love You Forever". The little boy grows up and ends up taking care of his mother and carrying her to be with the same song/poem and he says love you forever, forever you will be my mother. I remember reading the book to my twin sons in the 1980's until they were not interested anymore.

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