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Eloise Wilkin


ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
(1904-1987)  Eloise Wilkin's career covered more than fifty years, involving illustration and writing, free-lance drawing, and doll design.  After graduating from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Eloise Burns and her friend Joan Esley moved to New York City where they hoped to have a better chance at careers in illustration. In 1935, Eloise married Sydney Wilkin and soon began a family of four children. She illustrated over 20 books with her sister Esther, who also married a Wilkin.  In 1943, she was offered a contract with Simon & Schuster and worked almost exclusively for Little Golden Books until 1961.

LOGANBERRY LEGACY
Little Golden Books remain popular with collectors, and Eloise Wilkin heads the list as most popular illustrator.  Some, like Prayers for Children, are easy and cheap to find.  Others, like Georgie Finds a Grandpa, are in hot demand and the price reflects that.  For other LGBs, check out Loganberry's Little Golden Books Catalog.

LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS BIBLIOGRAPHY
All books written and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin unless otherwise noted.
* designates a title still in print
Baby Dear.  by Esther Wilkin, 1962.  LGB# 466
Baby Jesus: Stamp Book.  1957.  LGB# A12
Baby Listens.  by Esther Wilkin, 1960.  LGB# 383
Baby Looks.  1960.  LGB# 404
Baby's Birthday.  by Patricia Mowers, 1972.  LGB# 365
Baby's First Christmas.  by Esther Wilkin, 1959.  LGB# 368 and 460-08
Birds.  by Jane Werner Watson, 1958, 1973.  LGB# 184 and LGB# 5011
Boy With a Drum.  by David L. Harrison, 1969.  LGB# 588
Busy Timmy.  by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, 1948.  LGB# 50 and 452
Child's Garden of Verses.  by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1957.  LGB# 289 and 493
Christmas ABC.  by Florence Johnson, 1962.  LGB# 478
*Christmas Story.  by Jane Werner, 1952.  LGB# 158
Come Play House.  by Edith Oswald, 1948.  LGB# 44
Day at the Playground.  by Miram Schlein, 1951.  LGB# 119
*Eloise Wilkin's Mother Goose.  1961.  LGB# 589
First Bible Stories.  by Jane Werner, 1954.  LGB# 198
Fix It Please.  by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, 1947.  LGB# 32
Georgie Finds a Grandpa.  by Miriam Young, 1954.  LGB# 196
Good Little Bad Little Girl.  by Esther Wilkin, 1965.  LGB# 562
Good Morning, Good Night.  by Jane Werner, 1948.  LGB# 61
Guess Who Lives Here.  by Louise Woodcock, 1949.  LGB# 60
Hansel and Gretel.  by Brothers Grimm, 1954.  LGB# 217, 491, 207-51, and 207-65
Hi! Ho!  Three in a Row.  by Louise Woodcock, 1954.  LGB# 188
Jamie Looks.  by Adelaide Holl, 1963.  LGB# 522
Kittens: Three Complete Stories.  by Cathleen Schurr and Patricia Scarry.  Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren and Eloise Wilkin.  1958.  Giant LGB# 5013
Linda and Her Little Sister.  by Esther Wilkin, 1954.  LGB# 214
Little Book.  by Sherl Horvath, 1969.  LGB# 583
Little Golden Book of Holidays.  by Marion Conger, 1951.  LGB# 109
My Baby Brother.  by Patricia Scarry, 1956.  LGB# 279
My Dolly and Me.  by Patsy Scarry, 1960.  LGB# 418
My Kitten.  by Patsy Scarry, 1954.  LGB# 163, 300, and 528
*My Little Golden Book About God.  by Jane Werner Watson, 1956.  LGB# 268
My Pets.  by Patsy Scarry, 1959.  LGB# 5027
My Puppy.  by Patsy Scarry, 1955.  LGB# 233 and 469
My Snuggle Bunny.  by Patsy Scarry, 1956.  LGB# 250
My Teddy Bear.  by Patricia Scarry, 1953.  LGB# 168 and 448
New Baby.  by Ruth and Harold Shane, 1948.  LGB# 41, 291, 541 and 306-68
New House in the Forest.  by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, 1946.  LGB# 24
Night Before Christmas.  by Jane Werner Watson, 1955.  LGB# 241
Noises and Mr. Flibberty-Jib.  1947.  LGB# 29
Play with Me.  by Esther Wilkin, 1967.  LGB# 567
*Prayers for Children.  1952.  LGB# 5, 205, 301-10 and 301-93
So Big.  1968.  LGB# 574
This World of Ours.  by Jane Werner Watson, 1959.  LGB# 5026
Twins.  by Ruth and Harold Shane, 1955.  LGB# 227
We Help Daddy.  by Mini Stein, 1962.  LGB# 468 and 305-51
We Help Mommy.  by Jean Cushman, 1959.  LGB# 352 
We Like Kindergarten.  by Clara Cassidy, 1965.  LGB# 552
Where Did the Baby Go?  by Shiela Hayes, 1974.  LGB# 116
Wiggles.  by Louise Woodcock, 1953.  LGB# 166
Wonders of Nature.  by Jane Werner Watson, 1957.  LGB# 293


 

OTHER BIBLIOGRAPHY
Busy ABC.  Whitman, 1950.
Eloise Wilkin's Book of Poems.  by Deborah Wilkin Springett. Western Pub. Co., 1988.
Eloise Wilkin Treasury: Favorite Nursery Rhymes, Prayers, Poems, and Stories.  edited by Linda C. Falken. Golden Books, 1985.
Golden Treasury of Prayers for Boys and Girls. Edited by Esther Wilkin. Golden Press, 1975.
Good House for a Mouse.  by Irmengarde Eberle.  J. Messner, 1940.
Great Gold Piece Mystery.   by Elizabeth Honness. Oxford University Press, 1944.
How Many Kisses Good Night.   by Jean Monrad. Random House, 1986.
I Hear: Sounds In a Child's World.  by Lucille Ogle and Tina Thoburn. American Heritage Press,1971.
Kitty Come Down.  by Frances Atchinson Bacon. Oxford University Press, 1944.
Ladybug, Ladybug, and Other Nursery Rhymes. Random House, 1979.
Little Prayers.  Edited by Esther Wilkin. Golden Press, 1980.
Lord's Prayer. Commentary by Esther Wilkin. Golden Press, 1961.
Make-Believe Parade.   by Jan Margo, 1949.  Wonder Books# 520
Mrs. Peregrine and the Yak.  by Esther Burns. H. Holt and Company, 1938.
Mrs. Peregrine at the Fair.  by Esther Burns Wilkin. J. Messner, 1939.
My Good Morning Book. Golden Press, 1983.
My Goodnight Book. Golden Press, 1981.
Nursery Rhymes.  Random House, 1979.
Once-Upon-a-Time Scratch and Sniff Book: Stories. Adapted by Ruthanna Long. Golden Press, 1978.
*Prayers for a Small Child. Random House, 1984.
Rainbow for me.   by Martha Gwinn Kiser. Random House, 1948.
Rock·a·Bye, Baby: Nursery Songs and Cradle Games. Random House, 1981.
Seatmates.  by Mary K. Reely.  Franklin Watts, 1949.
Sheep Wagon Family. by Myra Reed Richardson. R.M. McBride, 1941.
Song of Praise. American Heritage Press, 1970.
Thank You Book.  by Patricia Martin Zens. Golden Press, 1967.
Tune is in the Tree.  by Maud Hart Lovelace, 1950.
Visit, The.   by Joan Esley. Rand McNally, 1980.
Wonders of the Seasons.  by Bertha Morris Parker. Golden Press, 1966.


 
 
Now Available for Sale
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Used Books

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Baby's Birthday.  Written by Patricia Mowers.  5th printing 1979Mild wear to covers; moderate bumping to corners.  Foil complete in front, chipped on spine, and missing 3 inch piece at rear.  Previous owner name in ink inside front cover.  Title page missing square piece 2 by 2 inches lower right corner. Interior otherwise very goodScarce. $40.00.

Child's Garden of Verses.  Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1957.  LGB# 300-9 Fifteenth printing, 1981. Cover wear at edges, bumped corners, previous owner's inscription inside front cover covered with white sticker, minor spots on first page, other pages bright and clean. VG  $7.50

Come Play House.  Written by Edith Oswald, 1948.  LGB# 44. Minor wear to cover, esp. hinges, corners bumped. Title page missing. Name in pencil inside cover. Both front and rear hinges starting to tear. 11 pages have some not unattractive child's crayon coloring. Poor. $6 

Eloise Wilkin's Mother Goose.  1961. Ninth printing, 1978.  LGB# 589. Slight wear to cover. Pages like new. VG $5.00
Eloise Wilkin's Mother Goose.  1961. Third printing, 1971.  LGB# 589. Small tears in edges of cover laminate. Otherwise Very Good. $5.00

Good Little, Bad Little Girl.  Written by Esther Wilkin.  Golden Press 1965, first edition.  Outer corners of front cover badly bumped; spine covered in plain gold foil tape.  Otherwise Very Good.  Very scarce, $65.00.

Hi Ho! Three in a Row.  Written by Louise Woodcock. Simon and Schuster, 1954.  First edition. Some wear to both front and rear covers, but pages clean. VG. $20.00 <SOLD>

Little Book.  Written by Sherl Horvath, 1969. Third printing 1974.  LGB# 583.  Corners bumped. Minor edge wear. Interior clean, binding tight. Very Good. $10

Little Book.  Written by Sherl Horvath.  6th printing.  Previous owner name inside front cover. Front cover scuffed. Good+.  $7.50

My Little Golden Book About God.  Written by Jane Werner Watson, 1956, 1975.  LGB# 311-52 . VG  $12.00

My Little Golden Book About God  Written by Jane Werner Watson. 1956, first edition. LGB #268. Title page has 3 small ink squiggles, and missing 2 inch piece from lower right corner.  Otherwise very good.  $16.

My Baby Brother  Written by Patsy Scarry. 1956,  First printing.  LGB #279.  Covers soiled; corners badly bumped. Top 2 inches of foil missing on spine. Previous owner name and scribble inside front cover.  Pages age-darkened, but othewise very good.  Good. Very Scarce.  $60

Prayers for Children.  1952, 1974.  LGB# 205. Minor wear to front cover. Name in thick marker inside cover. Otherwise interior very clean. VG.  $12.00.

We Help Mommy.  Written by Jean Cushman.  Golden Press, 1959, 6th printing.  LGB $352. Very Good.  $18.00.

Wonders of Nature.  Written by Jane Werner Watson.  1957, first edition.  Covers scuffed; corners bumped.  Foil spine cover loosened and partially missing bottom 2 inches, and top 1/2 inch.  Ink number and small pencil scribble inside front cover.  Pages age-darkened; otherwise very good.  $9.50.

Other Books

How Many Kisses Good Night.  Written by Jean Monrad. Random House, 1986. Very slight wear to covers. Fine -. $25 

Baby's Mother Goose: 20 Favorite Rhymes.  Golden Press, New York, 1958. Board book with laminated covers. Corners bumped. Very Good.  $35

Poems to Read to the Very Young. Selected by Josette Frank. Random House, 1982 . First edition. Fine. $9.50

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New Books

The Christmas Story.  LGB #158, 1952. Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Reprinted by Random House, 1999. New hardcover, $2.99

Eloise Wilkin Stories: Nine Beloved Classics. A Little Golden Book Collection. Random House, 2005. New hardcover, $10.95

My Big Little Golden Book About God.  Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  Golden Books, 1984. Reprinted by Random House, 2006. New hardcover, $8.99

My Little Book About God.  Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Golden Press, 1956. Reprinted by Random Houe, 1998. New hardcover, $4.99

My Little Golden Book About God. Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. LGB #268, 1956. Reprinted by Random House, 1993. New hardcover, $2.99

Poems to Read to the Very Young. Selected by Josette Frank. Random House, 1982, 2001. New hardcover, $7.99

Prayers for Children. Random House, 1993. New hardcover, $2.99

 

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SELECTED STUMPERS & REQUESTS
HI  FIRST TIME AT YOUR SIGHT     I HAVE SEARCHED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ELOISE WILKIN FOR SOME TIME  FOUND YOU AT ASK JEEVES  HOPE YOU CAN HELP      ELOISE ALSO WAS AN ILLUSTRATOR FOR A NUMBER OF BOOKS, I AM INTERESTED IN ANY BOOKS SHE HAS ILLUSTRATED OR WRITTEN  I HAVE A NUMBER OF THEM BUT WANT ALL.  I LOVE HER PICTURES OF CHILDREN AND NATURE I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS FROM GARAGE SALES AND THRIFT STORES. CANT  ANY MORE.  I REMEMBER HER BOOKS FROM MY CHILDHOOD IN 40S AND 50S. MOST OF HER BOOKS WERE GOLDEN PRESS BUT I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT SOME OTHERS,  I HEAR SOUNDS IN A CHILDS WORLD 1971 BY LUCILLE OGLE AND TINA THOBURN, A GOOD HOUSE FOR A MOUSE BY IRMENGARDE EBERLE 1940, THE TUNE IS IN THE TREE, WRITTEN BY MAUD HART LOVELACE.   ALSO SHE COLLABERATED ON ONE BOOK WITH JOAN ESLEY, CALLED THE VISIT.  Illustrated by Eloise Wilkens. So Big. Little Golden Books, 1960 to early 70's.  I received the book as a childwith a Madame Alexander doll there's a little girl in the book who holds the doll which is identical the MA doll also named so big. Several years ago I saw he story illustrated the same in a book with three stories in it. I would like the stand alone book. I believe the writer's name may have been Esther something?? Thank you for your help

elosie wilkin, The new baby. We had this book in our home when I was a child. After 6 children it became quite worn.  I would like to have it in my home for my grandchildren. As I remember the book it had a yellow cover and was beautifully illustrated. It was larger than the regular golden books.

We Help Mommy  (or something like that???).  this is a children's golden book from either the late 50/s or sometime in the 60's.  The two children are Martha and Bobby.  They spend the day helping Mommy around the house.  I've really no idea of the title. I'm guessing to say "We help Mommy".   My daughters love our tattered copy, but it is missing the cover, title page, and ending pages.  I hope that you can help us find another.  Many thanks!
 


 
 
 
Web Resources

Eloise Wilkin Article

History of Little Golden Books

Santi's Collecting Little Golden Books

 

 
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