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.

Of the 45 titles, nearly all are unabridged (five have more extensive editing: Gulliver's Travels, King Arthur, Robinson CrusoeSwiss Family Robinson and Three Musketeers). 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. You can search for the specific series you are interested in below and narrow your results. For accurate results, please include quotes, like this: "series 1".

Series 1: 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. There are only 29 titles in this series, published in the 1940s-50s. Later printings brought additional titles (you can download a full list from this page).

Series 2: The second "popular edition" 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. Like Series 1, there are only 29 titles in this collection. There are also paperbacks of at least of few of this collection, which we don't list here.

Series 3: The third version came in a larger size, and had very handsome pictorial cloth covers. This series was published primarily in the 1970s. We believe there were 34 in this series, but still have some research to do on this.

Series 4: The fourth versions were the same size again but with glossy covers. Some covers are the same as those in series 3, but a number are new and all have a different texture and the look of the binding is tweaked. New titles added here include Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Dr. Dolittle, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and some of the darker books like Frankenstein, Dracula, and works by Poe.  These were published in the 1990s-2000s, and all have ISBNs.

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 Series 4
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 Series 4
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 Series 2
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 Series 1
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 Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fables for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
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 Series 2
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
$16.14
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
Anne of Avonlea
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
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 Series 4
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 Series 4
by L.M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Earle Goodenow
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Black Beauty
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Anna Sewell
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Black Beauty
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Anna Sewell
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Black Beauty
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Anna Sewell
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Black Beauty
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
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 Series 4
by Jack London
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Call of the Wild and Other Stories
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Jack London
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Call of the Wild and Other Stories
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Jack London
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Animal Stories for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Dracula
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Bram Stoker
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Five Little Peppers & How They Grew
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Margaret Sidney
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Frankenstein
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mary Shelley
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 7th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Ghostly Tales and Eerie Poems
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Edgar Allan Poe
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 3rd-8th grade
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Jonathan Swift
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Jonathan Swift
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Jonathan Swift
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Hans Brinker
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Hans Brinker
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Hans Brinker
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
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