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Childcraft is a multi-volume illustrated anthology for children, which originated in the late 1930s.


Origin and description

The Childcraft series was originally created in the 1930s by W. F. Quarrie & Company, then publishers of the World Book encyclopedia. The series' title was Childcraft – The How and Why Library.

Childcraft was created as a sort of encyclopedia for young children. With simple texts and illustrations, the volumes were designed to make learning fun. Each volume addressed different subjects, including literature — such as short stories and poetry, including fairy tales and nursery rhymes — as well as mathematics and the sciences.

Starting out as 7 volumes in the late 1930s, the set grew to 15 volumes in the 1950s. The Childcraft set also added a separate, optional, special annual volume each year, starting in 1965. In addition, by the 1980s the series had broadened its reach to a dozen foreign language editions, with editions shipped to over 50 countries around the world.[1]


The 15 volumes of Childcraft, published by World Book, Inc., currently consist of:

  • Once Upon a Time- short stories and folk tales.
  • Art Around Us
  • Poems and Rhymes - poetry
  • How Things Work
  • How Does it Happen?
  • Our Earth
  • Our Universe
  • Shapes and Numbers
  • The World of Animals
  • The World of Plants
  • About You
  • Celebrate!
  • See The World
  • Who We Are
  • Guide to Childcraft


  1. ^ World Book, Inc. International Directory of Company Histories, The Gale Group, Inc., 2006. accessed November 20, 2008


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