Childcraft

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Childcraft is a multi-volume illustrated anthology for children, which originated in the late 1930s.

File photo of Childcraft at a house in India

Origin and description[edit]

The Childcraft series was originally created in the 1930s by W. F. Quarrie & Company, then publishers of the World Book encyclopedia. The series' title was Childcraft – The How and Why Library.

Childcraft was created as a sort of encyclopedia for young children. With simple texts and illustrations, the volumes were designed to make learning fun. Each volume addressed different subjects, including literature — such as short stories and poetry, including fairy tales and nursery rhymes — as well as mathematics and the sciences.

Starting out as seven volumes in the late 1930s, the series was re-issued in a new edition every few years, sometimes incorporating new volumes and re-arranging existing ones. It grew to 15 volumes in the 1950s, and remained there, though further changes were made in later editions.

The Childcraft set also added a separate, optional, special annual volume each year, starting in 1965. Some of these were later incorporated as regular volumes.

In addition, by the 1980s the series had broadened its reach to a dozen foreign language editions, with editions shipped to over 50 countries around the world.[1]

Contents[edit]

The 15 volumes of Childcraft, published by World Book, Inc., currently consist of:

  • Once Upon a Time- short stories and folk tales.
  • Art Around Us
  • Poems and Rhymes - poetry
  • How Things Work
  • How Does it Happen?
  • Our Earth
  • Our Universe
  • Shapes and Numbers
  • The World of Animals
  • The World of Plants
  • About You
  • Celebrate!
  • See The World
  • Who We Are
  • Guide to Childcraft

The 1973 edition consisted of the following:

  1. Poems and Rhymes
  2. Stories and Fables
  3. Children Everywhere
  4. World and Space
  5. About Animals
  6. How Things Work
  7. How We Get Things
  8. What People Do
  9. Holidays and Customs
  10. Places to Know
  11. Make and Do
  12. Look and Learn
  13. Look Again
  14. About Me
  15. Guide for Parents

The 1954 edition consisted of the following:

  1. Poems of Early Childhood
  2. Storytelling and Other Poems
  3. Folk and Fairy Tales
  4. Animal Friends and Adventures
  5. Life in Many Lands
  6. Great Men and Famous Deeds
  7. Exploring the World Around Us
  8. Creative Play and Hobbies
  9. Science and Industry
  10. Art for Children
  11. Music for the Family
  12. You and Your Family
  13. Your Young Child
  14. Your Child Goes to School
  15. Your Child in Today's World

The following "Childcraft Annual" volumes were released.

  • 1965. Places to Know
  • 1966. Look and Learn
  • 1967. Braving the Elements
  • 1968. Look Again
  • 1969. About Me
  • 1970. Children Everywhere
  • 1971. About Animals
  • 1972. The Green Kingdom
  • 1973. About Us
  • 1974. Animals in Danger
  • 1975. The Magic of Words
  • 1976. Prehistoric Animals
  • 1977. About Dogs
  • 1978. Mathemagic
  • 1979. Story of the Sea
  • 1980. The Indian Book
  • 1981. The Bug Book
  • 1982. The Puzzle Book
  • 1983. Feathered Friends
  • 1984. Great Myths and Legends
  • 1985. Conquest of the Sky
  • 1986. Mysteries and Fantasies
  • 1987. Dinosaurs
  • 1988. Stories of Freedom
  • 1989. World of Color/People to Know
  • 1990. How We Get Things
  • 1991. I Was Wondering
  • 1992. Pets and Other Animals
  • 1993. Inventors and Inventions
  • 1994. A Look Into Space
  • 1995. Our Amazing Bodies
  • 1996. Exploring the Ocean
  • 1997. Science, Science Everywhere
  • 1998. Friends in the Wild
  • 1999. The Fact Factory
  • 2000. World Adventure
  • 2001. Stories to Share
  • 2002. Secrets of the Past
  • 2003. Heroes and Helpers
  • 2004. Native North Americans
  • 2005. All About Birds
  • 2006. Tales of Mystery and the Unknown
  • 2007. Insects, Spiders, and Creepy Crawlers
  • 2008. Dogs, from Woofs to Wags
  • 2009. Tales Through Time
  • 2010. Brain Games
  • 2011. Code Red: Animals in Peril
  • 2012. Letters to Words
  • 2013. A Dream Takes Flight
  • 2014. The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ World Book, Inc. Answers.com. International Directory of Company Histories, The Gale Group, Inc., 2006. accessed November 20, 2008

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