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Junior Literary Guild

The Junior Literary Guild is a commercial book club. It began in 1929 as an enterprise of the Literary Guild. By the 1950s, the majority of their book sales were to public libraries. In 2004 they started listing their Junior Literary Guild selections at their own website. What we refer to as “winners” are their selections for different age groups.


Winners:

The Invisible Island

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): None


Little Blacknose: The Story of a Pioneer (1929)

Early American railroading as seen through the eyes of the Dewitt Clinton, the first steam engine built for the New York Central Railroad.

Read online at archive.org

Author(s): Hildegarde Hoyt Swift
Illustrator(s): Lynd Ward

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Courageous Companions (1929)

The story of an English lad who sails with Magellan around the world.

Author(s): Charles Finger
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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Three and the Moon (1929)

Author(s): Jacques Dorey
Illustrator(s): Boris Artzybasheff


Early Moon (1930)

A collection of poems by the Prairie Poet.

Author(s): Carl Sandburg
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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The Adventures of Mario (1930)

Mario, the young hero of the book, helpless after the death of his mother and driven by an inner force as the animals are, grows up in the depths of the forest where he becomes one of the wild things.

Author(s): Waldemar Bonsels
Illustrator(s): Kurt Wiese

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Red Horse Hill (1930)

Bud Martin decides to take his bulldog and try New Hampshire. He finds a warm welcome with Uncle John and Aunt Sarah.

Author(s): Stephen W. Meader
Illustrator(s): Lee Townsend

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Kees (1930)

Kees lives in Holland and has a pet duck named Kleintje.

Author(s): Marian King
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Enright

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Little Pilgrim to Penn’s Woods (1930)

Author(s): Edna Albert
Illustrator(s): Esther Brann


Linnet on the Threshold (1930)

Author(s): Margaret Thomsen Raymond
Illustrator(s): Alida Conover


Jump! (1930)

Author(s): Don Glasman
Illustrator(s): Unknown


When I was a Harvester (1930)

Author(s): Robert L. Yates
Illustrator(s): Unknown


The Flight of the Heron (1930)

Ewen Cameron is out with the ’45 and encounters a British officer Keith Windham who becomes his best friend.

Author(s): D. K. Broster
Illustrator(s): Helene Carter

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Witch’s Maiden: A Historical Romance (1930)

Temperance, her parents dead and she only seven years old, is dispossesed by Cromwell’s officers as a Royalist and sent to live with the neighboring witch.

Author(s): Mabel L. Tyrrell
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Swallows and Amazons (1931)

The four Swallows receive permission from their sailor father to sail by themselves on one of the English lakes in a telegram: ‘BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN.’

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Author(s): Arthur Ransome
Illustrator(s): Helene Carter

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Hail Columbia (1931)

A history of the United States of America from its discovery to 1931.

Author(s): Marie A. Lawson
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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The Gleam in the North (1931)

When the Jacobites call on Ewan Cameron’s honor, he must enter into the conspiracy again in this second installment of the Jacobite Trilogy that began with The Flight of the Heron.

Author(s): D. K. Broster
Illustrator(s): Helene Carter

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Young Trajan (1931)

In this story of old Rumania, Frosina goes to school to learn weaving, but learns much more when she is called home again.

Author(s): Elizabeth Cleveland Miller
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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Ching-Li and the Dragons (1931)

Author(s): Alice Woodbury Howard
Illustrator(s): Lynd Ward