Illustrated Junior Library

Providing children with quality reading material that is also pleasing to the eye is a great way to encourage reading without having to assign it. Kids will naturally bury themselves in these classics with their full-color plate illustrations and clear type that reads smoothly. The very best in children's literature is represented here—from Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn to Little Women and The Wizard of Oz.

Each volume is unabridged (except The Three Musketeers, with good reason). Titles are chosen for their appeal to younger readers, and none of them include offensive or adult material—but like all great children's literature, the titles are equally appealing to adults. At the same time, books with a lot of philosophical content are absent in favor of more lighthearted, adventure-oriented fare.

A different illustrator was chosen for each volume based on their ability to adequately evoke a specific text. Some of the styles are more relevant to younger children, consequently making those titles probably less appealing to older readers, but illustrations throughout the series uphold a high artistic standard. Artwork never overwhelms a text, instead acting as a supplement and imaginative aide.

We've seen four renditions of this series, starting in the 1940s. The earliest ones (with a fairly plain cover and a pasted oval picture on the front) originally came in slip cases, and we don't believe they ever had dust jackets. The second run were slightly smaller size cloth books with a patterned design fairly consistent from volume to volume; these did have dust jackets, and used copies that still have quality djs are slightly more valuable than those without. The third version came in a larger size, and had very handsome pictorial cloth covers. The fourth versions (the first with ISBNs) were the same size again but with new, glossy covers. All editions stand tall and handsome on the shelf. Hardbound with sturdy pages and easy-to-read type, these are the kind of books you can hand down to successive generations without fear of premature destruction. Unless, of course, your kids abhor and despise books, in which case you wouldn't be collecting volumes as attractive as these for them.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jules Verne
from Grosset & Dunlap
Science Fiction for 5th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library
by Carlo Collodi
from Dilithium Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fables for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
from Illustrated Junior Library
for 2nd-6th grade
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
$15.19
Anne of Avonlea
Illustrated Junior Library
by L. M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of Green Gables
Illustrated Junior Library
by L. M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of the Island
Illustrated Junior Library
by L.M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Black Beauty
Illustrated Junior Library
by Anna Sewell
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Black Beauty
Puffin Classics
by Anna Sewell
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Call of the Wild and Other Stories
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jack London
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Dracula
by Bram Stoker
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Five Little Peppers & How They Grew
Illustrated Junior Library
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Frankenstein
Illustrated Junior Library
by Mary Shelley
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 7th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Ghostly Tales and Eerie Poems
Illustrated Junior Library
by Edgar Allan Poe
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 3rd-8th grade
Grimms' Fairy Tales
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jonathan Swift
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Hans Brinker
by Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library
by Johanna Spyri
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Jane Eyre
Illustrated Junior Library
by Charlotte Bronte
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 8th-12th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Jo's Boys
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Jungle Book
Illustrated Junior Library
by Rudyard Kipling
from Grosset & Dunlap
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Jungle Book
Illustrated Junior Library
by Rudyard Kipling
from Grosset & Dunlap
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Jungle Book
Illustrated Junior Library
by Rudyard Kipling
from Grosset & Dunlap
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Kidnapped
Illustrated Junior Library
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Kidnapped
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Illustrated Junior Library
by Sydney Lanier, Thomas Malory
from Grosset & Dunlap
British Fairy Tales/Prose Epic for 4th-8th grade
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Illustrated Junior Library
by Washington Irving
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
Little Lame Prince
Illustrated Junior Library
by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Little Men
Illustrated Junior Library
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Men
Illustrated Junior Library
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Princess
Illustrated Junior Library
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for 3rd-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Women
Illustrated Junior Library
by Louisa May Alcott
from Grosset & Dunlap
Romantic Realistic Fiction for 4th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Illustrated Junior Library
by Howard Pyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
Illustrated Junior Library
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Peter Pan
Illustrated Junior Library
by J. M. Barrie
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Pride and Prejudice
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jane Austen
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 8th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Princess and the Goblin
Illustrated Junior Library
by George MacDonald
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
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