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List of titles from 1950's Weekly Reader Children's Book Club

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Initial post: Sep 7, 2008 6:09:25 PM PDT
Old Book Nut says:
Does anyone have a list of these titles, or know how to locate one?

I have recently located two that I remembered, Dangerous Island and No Children No Pets, and am looking for one other. If I had the lists, there may be others. These are for my grandchildren.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 11:11:05 PM PST
What memories your inquiry brings back! I loved those books when I was growing up. I still have some of them. A couple of others I remember are: "Mystery in Old Quebec," and "A Dog for Davy's Hill." You can reply to:

Thanks for the nostalgia trip!


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008 5:46:14 AM PST
Jill Morgan says:
David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd was one, it came out in 1957.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2008 6:20:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2008 6:21:08 PM PST
Golly, I've still got the ones mentioned already, and _Old Bones: The Wonder Horse_, _The Rising Arrow_, _Danny Dunn and the Anti Gravity Paint_ and _Wild Geese Flying_
I don't have a list though, what one are you looking for? Can you describe it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 6:24:18 AM PST
Oh wow. I clicked on this topic hoping someone would post something about No Children, No Pets! My fourth grade teacher read it to our class and its stayed with me all these years.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 10:23:18 AM PST
Louisiana says:
Loved David and the Phoenix. Also remember "Follow my Leader" about a boy accidentally blinded by his friend who gets a guide dog, "A Gift from the Mikado" about a family living in Japan, "The Silver Sword" about a family from Poland (I think) and a bunch of Danny Dunn books - "Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine" (very early computer) was my favorite one of those.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 11:16:38 PM PST
I haven't been able to find any information on the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club in the 50's on the internet. Does anyone know of any sources of information?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 11:43:54 PM PST
Well, George, if I got curious enough, I'd go to to see what's there, and maybe ask about a list through email, if nothing's on the website.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2009 8:30:03 PM PST
I emailed Weekly Reader Book Club years ago when my first grandchild was on the way. They said they had discontinued the book club (very sad about that) and that they didn't have a list. I would love to get Champion Dog Prince Tom, Follow My Leader, Dangerous Island, No Children No Pets and Mystery in Old Quebec. They were the ones that stand out in my mind as favorites. I think my grandchildren might enjoy them now that they're reading on their own. It's off to eBay, amazon, and google to find them! Good luck in your quest!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2009 5:16:08 AM PST
i recently bought a bunch of weekly reader book club books at goodwill in very good condition( for less than a dollar a peice) Andrew Henry's Meadow(awesome for nurturing an "individual",) Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,Gus Was A Friendly Ghost, & A Bargain For Frances They are all really nice books with hardbacks and clean pages.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 12:25:38 AM PDT
sherie says:
do you remember a book about two feathers? They each have an adventure and are matched up by two children (who live near each other)
Also, there was a book about the adventures that happened when one got off an elevator on the 13th! floor (and it's N.O.T. by J. Thurber....). Not just anyone could get to the 13th floor...
I've tried all over, Scholastic, weekly reader...but having stumbled onto this page, I'm hoping you will remember these titles as well...

Posted on May 25, 2009 3:26:51 AM PDT
Laurie H says:
Is Follow My Leader the one where the boy is blinded because he played with fireworks? I checked the cover pic using Google and thought I'd remember it - but Follow My leader has a pic of the German Shepherd on the cover. The book (whose title I would love one of you to remember) made a huge impression on me that has lasted all my life. David and the Phoenix was another.

Cheers, Laurie from Australia (born in the US)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 5:30:03 AM PDT
Yes Laurie, you're right. I wished I'd have kept my books for my grandchildren to read. I loved them. Three others that come to my mind are "No Children, No Pets", "Mystery in Old Quebec" and "Dangerous Island" (I think that was the name of it). "Champion Dog Prince Tom" was another good one about a cocker spaniel.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 6:24:57 AM PDT
I remember Worst Room in the School and The Spetticake Holiday. I loved the collection and remember reading A dog for Davy's Hill as well as No Children No Pets.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 2:03:33 PM PDT
Laurie H says:
I remember all of those E Parker :)

Posted on May 26, 2009 7:49:14 PM PDT
T. Turner says:
Have you tried buying on Ebay? I know that several teachers and myself have been buying book lots and hard to find books there. I've been getting Bill Nye Videos/Books and Magic School Bus. You might want to do a search for the titles and see if there are some copies being sold by someone. Or keep checking. One could come up.

Posted on May 29, 2009 7:44:58 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
Hemi: A Mule

Old Bones the Wonder Horse

Posted on May 30, 2009 8:59:41 PM PDT
Judy B. Wise says:
Tee Vee Humphrey by John Lewellen and Ride Like an Indian by Henry V. Larom are two additional ones that I have. I have saved 6 of the Weekly Reader Books. Also three other series of children's books in the 1950's are Best in Children's Books, Lifetime Library(Favorite Stories for Young Readers) such as Toby Tyler by James Otis and the series called Children's Classics such as Heidi, Robinson Crusoe, and Alice in Wonderland that also came out in the fifties. My Mother ordered all these for my sister and me and I saved them since I have always loved to read and loved books. My email is If you come across a large collection of any of these, let me know. You can also google online book stores that sell old books. One that I know of is in Birmingham, AL. I also saved these for my children and now I have a 28 month old grandson that also loves books.
Happy Hunting. J Wise

Posted on May 31, 2009 3:43:04 PM PDT
There was also Ride Like an Indian, about a boy who learned to ride bareback to win a race. BTW that wonderful book David and the Phoenix was re-released this year as a paperback!

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2009 7:17:38 PM PDT
Miss G says:
Are the "13th floor" ones perhaps the "Wayside School" series by Louis Sachar? There are quite a few of those, and I found them quite funny!

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2009 7:22:18 PM PDT
Chestnuts5 says:
I think we also had (and loved) Mrs. Pickerell goes to Mars and other Mrs. Pickerell books --- we looked forward to their arrival in the mail!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2009 9:56:38 PM PDT
sherie says:
would you have the author of Wild Geese Flying ?? (I think I remember the book having a dark green cover...)
Where can one obtain a copy--at a reasonable price???

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 6:02:21 PM PDT
My copy is light green and it's by Cornelia Meigs. has copies starting at $1 is another source for older and out of print stuff like this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 8:02:59 PM PDT
sherie says:
Thank you soooo much!
You're the 1st "live" response in a long long quest to find old weekly reader favorites from the mid 50's.
Thanks and thanks again and again.
Now onto the next titles ..... : )

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 7:38:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2010 7:39:47 PM PST
I am looking for the Little Bear books, preferably 1957 edition. Any one know where I can find one?
Author is Else Minarik.
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