Publisher:Wonder Books

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Wonder Books began publishing in 1946 (or possibly slightly before then). They were originally owned by Random House. In 1949, they began using Curtis Publishing Company for their distribution services. In 1953, Wonder Books was acquired by a joint venture company comprised of Curtis and Grosset & Dunlap. (Hence some early Wonder Books are reprints of Grosset & Dunlap titles, and were published with those earlier copyright dates.) They published books up until 1977, when Curtis Publishing shut down and its assets were sold to Kent State University. In 1981, Curtis Management Group was founded to "license publicity rights", and apparently to license remaining copyrights. Reprints were published, especially by Price/Stern/Sloan, until 1986.

Wonder Books focused on young readers, and published several series at various early reader levels. These series include "Wonder Books", "How and Why Wonder Books", "Little Wonder Books", "Wonder Book Easy Reader", "Wonder Starters", "Young Readers Wonder Books", "To Read Aloud", and possibly others. The only series with very many books of interest to us is the primary "Wonder Books" series. This series began with #501, and the last book published was #896, although the penultimate book in the series appears to be #871. At this time there does not seem to be a good list online of the books in this series so, for the possible convenience of other children's book fans, we include the full list (so far as we know it) here. This complete list is also useful for identifying the likely print dates of various editions. These books often show only the copyright dates, so for later printings (as revealed by the list of available books in most of these books) and for reprint editions (with a change in the book number), the copyright dates on the other books in the series are necessary to determine actual printing dates. We have been unable to locate any data for Wonder Books 503, 658, 670, 671, 801, 806, 809, 813, 814, 856, 861, 863, 864, and 870. Some of these, especially the later numbers, may have been planned and never published.

The list of known books, with earliest copyright dates and reprintings listed (when known) is shown below. Books that might be speculative fiction, and hence might have reason to be included in this database, are shown with a * before the number. Those books that are currently included in the database are shown with a **.


Series # © date Title
501 1946 Mother Goose
502 1946 The Cozy Little Farm
504 1946 The Little Dog Who Forgot How to Bark
* 505 1946 Famous Fairy Tales
506 1946 The ABC and Counting Book
507 1946 Bedtime Stories
508 1946 Why The Bear Has a Short Tail and Other Stories (reprinted as "How The Rabbit Fooled The Whale And The Elephant")
509 1946 Randolph, the Bear Who said No
510 1946 The Race between the Monkey and the Duck
511 1947 The Shy Little Horse
512 1947 The Little Train That Won a Medal
513 1947 Peter Rabbit, Henny Penny, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
514 1947 Storytime Favorites
515 [1942] 1947 How the Baby Hippo Found a Home (original copyright from Hi-po the Hippo, Random House)
515 1949 The Little Puppy Who Would Not Mind his Mother, and Other Stories
  Apparently reliable sources give each of these last two books as #515. It seems possible, but unlikely, that the latter is a re-naming of the former.
* 516 1948 The Magic Bus
517 1948 A Child's First Picture Dictionary
518 1949 Who Lives on the Farm?
519 1949 The Surprise Doll
520 1949 The Make-Believe Parade
521 1949 Monkey See Monkey Do
522 1949 Five Little Finger Playmates
523 1950 Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat
524 1950 Wheels and Noises
525 1950 Who Does Baby Look Like?
526 1950 The Too-Little Fire Engine
527 1950 The Kitten's Secret
528 1950 The Little Lost Puppy
529 1950 The Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother
530 1950 The Four Puppies Who Wanted a Home
531 1950 The Hungry Little Bunny
532 1950 Heidi: Child of the Mountains
533 1950 Three Mice and a Cat
534 1950 The Cow in the Silo
535 1950 The Puppy Who Chased the Son
536 1950 Calling All Cowboys
537 1950 Jolly Jumping Man
538 1950 Let's Play Indian
539 1950 The Noisy Clock Shop
540 1950 It's a Secret
541 1950 The Baby Elephant
542 1950 The Fraidy Cat Kitten
** 543 1951 The Wizard of Oz
544 1951 Bambi's Children
545 1951 The Copycat Colt
546 1951 Baby Susan's Chicken
547 [1946] Churkendoose (original copyright from a Ray Bolger record)
548 1951 The Baby Bunny
549 1950 The Roly-Poly Puppy
550 1950 The Bingity-Bangity School Bus
551 1951 The Giraffe Who Went to School
552 1951 Five Jolly Brothers
553 1951 The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Fish
554 [1946] The Blowaway Hat (original copyright from a Reynal & Hitchcock book)
555 1951 The Brave Little Steam Shovel
556 1951 The Cats Who Stayed for Dinner
557 1951 Billy and His Steam Roller
558 1951 Little John Little
559 1951 Who Will Play With Me?
560 1951 Playtime for Nancy
561 1951 The Puppy Who Found a Boy
562 1951 The Playful Little Dog
563 1951 The Brave Firemen
564 1951 The Happy Birthday Present
565 1953 Are Dogs Better Than Cats?
566 1951 How the Clown Got His Smile
567 1951 The Goose Who Played the Piano
568 1952 The Hide-and-Seek Duck
569 1952 The Wonder Book of Trains
570 1951 A Little Cowboy's Christmas
571 [1947] The Little Train That Saved the Day (A 1952 reprint of the 1947 Grosset & Dunlap title)
572 1951 The Snowman's Christmas Present
573 1952 The Little Car That Wanted a Garage
* 574 1951 Alice in Wonderland
575 1951 The Wonder Book of Christmas (Night Before Christmas, Friendly Beasts, Jingle Bells)
576 1951 The Wonder Book of Fun
577 1951 The Wonder Book of Bible Stories
578 1952 The Magic Word
579 1952 Hoppy, the Curious Kangaroo
580 1953 The Wonder Book of Boats
581 1952 The Wonderful Tar-Baby
582 1952 The Happy Surprise
583 1953 Good Morning, Good Night
584 1952 Mr. Wishing Went Fishing
585 1953 The Christmas Puppy
586 1953 Christmas in Song and Story
587 1953 The Story of the Christ Child
588 1952 Raggedy Ann and Marcella's First Day at School
589 1952 Just Like Mommy. Just Like Daddy
590 [1933] The Story of Babar the Little Elephant (Copyright from the first English translations)
591 1952 Sonny the Bunny
592 [1940] Babar and Father Christmas (Copyright from the Random House edition)
593 1952 Waiting for Santa Claus: Christmas Is Coming
594 1952 Raggedy Ann's Merriest Christmas
595 1952 Black Beauty
596 1953 The Traveling Twins
* 597 1952 Peter Pan
598 1953 Who Likes Dinner?
* 599 1952 Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
600 1953 Peter Goes to School
601 1953 A Surprise for Mrs. Bunny
602 [1933] Babar the Elephant (reprint of #590)
** 603 1953 Tom Corbett's Wonder book of Space
604 1953 Raggedy Andy's Surprise
605 1953 Can You Guess? (Guess What?) (also, just as "Guess What?)
606 1953 Baby's First Book
607 1953 Water, Water Everywhere
608 1954 Baby Animal Friends
* 609 1954 Little Red Riding Hood. The Three Little Pigs
610 1953 My ABC Book
611 1954 Peter Rabbit and Reddy Fox
612 1954 Sleepytime for Everyone
613 1954 Picnic at the Zoo
614 1954 Bunny Hopwell's First Spring
* 615 1954 Pinocchio
616 1954 The Wonder Book of Trucks
617 [1952] 1956 The Puppy on Parade (originally copyright by World Distributors)
618 1954 Johnny Grows Up
619 1954 The Wonder Book of Nursery Songs (also as “The Romper Room Book of Nursery Songs)
620 1955 The Surprise Party
621 1954 My Poetry Book
622 1954 The Nine Friendly Dogs
623 1954 Meet The Bobbsey Twins
624 1954 Raggedy Ann's Tea Party
625 1954 The Littlest Christmas Tree
626 1957 The Pony Engine (later enlarged to The Little Engine that Could, Grosset & Dunlap, 1958)
627 1955 The Wonder Book of Finger Plays and Action Rhymes
628 1955 The Big Joke
629 1955 What Happened to Piggy?
630 1954 See How It Grows
631 1955 The Helpful Friends
632 1956 It's a Lovely Day
633 1956 Mrs. Goose's Green Trailer
634 1959 The Make-Believe Book (not a reprint of "The Make-Believe Parade")
* 635 1956 Sleeping Beauty
636 1955 The Little Duck Said Quack, Quack, Quack
637 1956 The Wonder Book of Firemen and Fire Engines
638 1955 The Wonder Book of Clowns
639 1956 Lassie Come-Home
640 1956 The Wonder Book of Cowboys
641 1956 Little Peter Cottontail
** 642 1956 The Cowardly Lion
643 [1953] 1961 Bible Treasures (Original copyright by World Distributors))
644 1956 My Book About God
645 1956 The Lonely Pony
646 1959 Who Is My Friend? (Only one seller lists this book, hence the evidence for this copyright date is scarce.)
647 1956 The Lord's Prayer
648 1957 10 Rabbits
649 1956 Wild Bill Hickok
650 1956 Silver Chief: Dog of the North
651 1956 The Twelve Days of Christmas
652 1956 Kewtee Bear: Santa's Helper
653 1956 The Most Beautiful Tree in the World
654 1958 The Quiet Book
655 1957 The Rattle-Rattle Train
656 1958 The Rattle-Rattle Dump Truck
657 1956 I Love You
* 659 1955 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (original copyright from Treasure Books edition)
* 660 1954 Cinderella (original copyright from Treasure Books edition)
661 1953 My First Book of Prayers (Original copyright by World Distributors
662 1955 Mighty Mouse — Santa's Helper
663 1953 Baby's Day
664 1953 Henry in Lollipop Land
665 1953 Felix the Cat
666 1954 Blondie's Family
667 1955 Popeye
668 1957 How Peter Cottontail Got His Name
669 1958 Who Lives Here?
672 1954 Just Like Me
673 1953 Let's Take a Ride
674 1957 Lassie's Long Trip
675 1957 The Jingle Dingle Book
676 1958 I Can, I Can, I Can
677 1953 Mighty Mouse — Dinky Learns to Fly
678 1954 Mighty Mouse and the Scarecrow
679 1949 The Little Puppy Who Would Not Mind His Mother (reprint of #515)
680 1959 Let's Pretend
681 1957 A Camping Trip with the Range Rider
682 1957 The Wonder Book of Counting Rhymes
683 1957 A Puzzle for Raggedy Ann and Andy
* 684 1956 Flash Gordon and the Baby Animals
685 1954 Henny-Penny
686 1953 Let's Play Nurse and Doctor (Original copyright from Treasure Books edition)
687 1957 The Wonder Book of Happy Animals
688 1953 The Dress-Up Parade
689 1954 What Time Is It?
690 1958 A Visit to the Hospital
691 1954 Let's Go to School
692 1957 The Counting Book
693 1958 Let's Go Shopping
694 1957 Heckle and Jeckle
695 1957 Gandy Goose
696 1958 Tuggy the Tugboat
697 1958 Popeye Goes on a Picnic
698 1958 Crusader Rabbit
699 [1951] Frisky, the Black Colt (probably a reprint of #545)
700 [1950] Once Upon a Time (reprint of #534)
701 [1953] Can You Guess? (Reprint of #605)
702 1958 Count the Baby Animals
703 1958 Tom Terrific
704 1958 A Child's Garden of Verses
* 705 1958 Dick Whittington and His Cat
* 706 1958 Aesop's Fables
* 707 1958 The Brave Little Tailor
708 1958 Mister Magoo
709 1958 The Quiet Little Indian
710 1958 Little Schoolhouse
* 711 1958 The Terrytoon Space Train
712 1958 Heckle and Jeckle Visit the Farm
** 713 [1953] Tom Corbett: A Trip to the Moon
714 [1954] Ten Little Fingers: A Book of Finger Plays (Copyright from Treasure Books)
715 1980 The Little Red Caboose That Ran Away
716 1956 Felix on Television
717 1958 Mighty Mouse to the Rescue
718 1958 The Choo Choo Train
719 1959 There Was Once a Little Boy (Copyright from Humpty Dumpty's Magazine)
720 1958 The Littlest Snowman (1956 copyright by Price/Stern/Sloan)
721 1959 My Book of Dolls
722 [1949] Stacks of Caps
723 1959 This Magic World
724 1959 The House That Jack Built
725 1959 The Nonsense Alphabet
* 726 1959 Good Night Fairy Tales
727 1959 Raggedy Ann's Secret
728 1959 A Surprise for Felix
729 [1950] The Little Engine That Laughed
730 1953 The Wonder Book of Favorite Nursery Tales
731 1959 The Big-Little Dinosaur
732 1959 A Visit to the Dentist
733 1960 A Visit to the Doctor
734 1959 The Funny Mixed-Up Story
735 1959 Tom Terrific's Greatest Adventure
736 1959 A Joke on Farmer Al Falfa
737 1959 The Busy Baby Lion
738 1959 Baby’s First Christmas
739 1960 Summer Friends
740 1960 Blow, Wind, Blow
741 1959 Bootsy
742 1960 Whose Hat Is That?
743 1960 Come and See the Rainbow
744 1960 The Little Garage Man
745 1960 My First Book of Riddles
746 1960 I See the Sky
747 1960 Insects We Know
748 1960 The Runaway Baby Bird
749 [1946] 1978 The Cozy Little Farm
750 1960 The House that Popeye Built
751 1950 Hoppy the Puppy
752 1960 Let's Give a Party
753 1960 Songs to Sing and Play
754 [1952] A Horse for Johnny (Copyright from Treasure Books, "City Boy and the Country Horse")
755 1960 The Littlest Angel
756 [1952] The Fixit Man (Copyright from Treasure Books edition)
757 1961 The Wonder Book of Birds
758 1960 The Minute-and-A-Half Man
* 759 1960 Little Audrey and the Moon Lady
760 1960 Deputy Dawg
* 761 1960 Casper the Friendly Ghost
762 1950 Rolling Wheels
763 1960 The Romper Room Do Bee Book Of Manners
764 1955 Let's Go Fishing (The Big Joke)
765 1961 Uncle Wiggily's Adventures
766 1961 Uncle Wiggily and His Friends
767 1961 Pecos Bill
768 1961 I See the Sea
769 1961 Hector Crosses the River with George Washington
770 1961 Deputy Dawg's Big Catch
771 1961 The Donkey Who Wanted to be Wise
772 1962 Peter Hatches an Egg
* 773 1961 Deputy Dawg and the Space Man
774 1963 The Bunny Sitter
775 1961 To Market, To Market
776 1961 December is For Christmas
777 1953 The Brave Little Duck
778 1955 Henry Goes to a Party
779 1961 Who Goes There?
780 1962 Fluffy Little Lamb
781 1961 The Shari Lewis Wonder Book
782 1961 The Wonder Book of Fish
783 1961 Dondi
784 1961 The Wonder Book of Flowers
785 1962 The Wonder Book of the Seashore
786 1963 The Wonder Book of Kittens
787 1961 Baby Huey
788 1961 Herman and Katnip
789 1961 What Is That?
* 790 1976 The Jetsons: The Great Pizza Hunt
791 1962? Popeye’s Big Surprise
792 [1954] What Are You Looking At? (Copyright from Treasure Books edition)
793 1962 The Really, Truly Treasure Hunt
794 1955 The Moppets' Surprise Party
795 1962 Morning Noises
796 1962 Over in the Meadow
797 1963 Baby Raccoon
798 1963 Petey Parakeet
799 1962 My First Book of Jokes
800 1962 The Costume Party
802 1962 The Doll Family
803 1962 Pelle's New Suit
804 1963 The Wonder Book of Puppies
* 805 1963 Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy, the Good Little Witch
807 1964 All in a Day's Work
808 1963 The Romper Room Laughing Book
810 1963 City Boy, Country Boy
811 1963 The Rabbits Give a Party
812 1947 Peter Rabbit
813 1954 Peter Cottontail and Reddy Fox (possible error on this #; see #843)
815 1963 Boy Who Wouldn't Eat His Breakfast
816 1963 Freddy and the Indians
817 1963 The Animals Build a House
818 1951 Merry Christmas Mr. Snowman
819 [1953] Polly's Christmas Present (Reprint of #585)
820 1953 The Merry Christmas Book (reprints #586)
821 1963 Buzzy the Funny Crow
822 1963 I Can Do Anything . . . Almost
823 1963 ABC and Counting Rhymes
824 1963 Alvin's Lost Voice
825 1964 The Animals' Playground
826 1964 Around the World Cutout Book
827 1964 The Wonder Book of Trees
828 1963 Muskie and His Friends
829 1964 Ollie Bakes a Cake
830 1964 A Trick On Deputy Dawg
* 831 1964 Luno, the Soaring Stallion
832 [1946] What Am I? I’m a Churkendoose! (reprint of 547)
833 1964 What Can We Do with Blocks?
834 1964 Look Who's Here!
835 1965 Diz and Liz
836 1964 Tutu the Little Fawn
837 1965 Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo
838 1964 The Wonder Book of Turtles
839 1964 The Animals' Vacation
840 1965 Hector Heathcote and the Knights
841 1965 Silly Sidney
842 1965 Once There Was a House
843 1954 Peter Cottontail and Reddy Fox
844 1954 So This is Spring!
845 1957 Nine Rabbits and Another (reprint of #648)
846 [1950] What's for Breakfast? (Reprint of "The Hungry Little Bunny")
847 1951 The Hungry Baby Bunny
848 [1952] Sonny the Lucky Bunny
849 1964 Barbie the Baby Sitter
* 850 1965 Casper The Friendly Ghost in Ghostland
* 851 1965 Puff the Magic Dragon
852 1965 Wonder Book of Cottontails & Other Rabbits
* 853 1965 Astronut and the Flying Bus
854 1965 The Romper Room Safety Book
* 855 1969 Casper and Wendy Adventures
857 1965 The Wonder Book of Horses
858 1949 The Night Before Christmas (reprint of #575?)
* 859 1952 Peter Pan
* 860 1965 Soupy Sales and The Talking Turtle
862 1950 The Smart Little Mouse
865 [1952] Waiting For Santa Claus (reprint of #593)
866 1961 How the Rabbits Found Christmas
867 1956 Kewtee Bear's Christmas (reprints #652)
868 [1952] Raggedy Ann's Christmas Surprise (Reprint of #594)
869 1951 Christmas Favorites including Night Before Christmas
877 1949 The Little Puppy Who Would Not Mind His Mother
896 [1964] Around the World Cutout Book
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