Quality First Edition Books for Children and Young Adults

Welcome to The Charmed Bookshop, which specializes in first edition books for children and young adults. 

At Etsy, I offer books published before 2000, in keeping with Etsy's guidelines on handmade and vintage items, with vintage defined as twenty or more years old. At TheCharmedBookshop.com, an Etsy-powered public Website, I offer a complete selection of newer and pre-2000 books. 

A quality children’s book in excellent condition - with an intact dust jacket! - is always nice. A first edition makes it a bit more special, and possibly of more value, now or in the future. Time will tell. A book’s true value, today and always, is in a child's enjoyment of it, or your own.

I believe in the freedom of children to read, to explore their imaginations and to think and dream. There isn’t a child who doesn’t appreciate being over-estimated. Many stories now considered classics of children's literature were written for adult readers, assuming children were simply free to read them. In that spirit, I include literary fiction for all ages that may also be of interest to young readers.

I'm especially fond of children's books that legendary book editor Ursula Nordstrom might have called “good books for bad children”. During her time at Harper, from the 1930s to 1980, Nordstrom looked for imaginative, talented authors and artists whose work could connect with children and reflect their times, rather than the “dull”, nostalgic stories that pleased grown-ups. As the New York Times wrote, “Bad children were those normal youngsters who, like Max in Maurice Sendak's ''Where the Wild Things Are,'' were occasionally put to bed without their supper.”

We have Nordstrom to thank for Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip by John Donovan, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and one of my all-time favorite books, Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

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