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First Edition "I Can Read" Books



Beginning with "Little Bear", written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, in 1957, the "I Can Read" series was started by then Harper & Brothers and was designed to teach children how to read on a level by level basis.  Today, these books are extremely collectible among collectors and through the years have won various awards such as the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medals for outstanding children's literature.  Authors of these books include Syd Hoff, Maurice Sendak, Else Holmelund Minarik, Edith Thatcher Hurd and Clement Hurd, Crosby Bonsall, Mike McClintock, Frtiz Siebel, Arnold Lobel and Leonard Kessler just to mention a few. 

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