Book collecting

Wikipedia: Book Collecting

Robert Lucas: The Essentials of Book Collecting

Book Think: articles on book collecting and bookselling.

Empty Mirror Books (useful material on terminology and identifying first editions)


Children’s books: general

Collecting Books and Magazines (the one-stop site with links to more or less everything)

Eleanor's Books (very good links to modern children's book sites, more US than elsewhere )

The Children's Literature web guide (another useful site, Canadian, with masses of links)

Fantastic Fiction (not always reliable, but does provide a basic list of books for an awful lot of authors. Use the BL or Bodley websites for more trustworthy, though harder to follow, bibliographies)


Girls’ school stories

The Big Four

Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Friends of the Chalet School

The New Chalet Club

The Chaletian Bulletin Board

Dorita Fairlie Bruce

Eva Löfgren's site: information about Serendipity as well as biographical material

Antonia Forest

Trennels - Live Journal forum

Sorry, no AFsociety or magazine yet. If you'd like to start one... For any information not on this website,contact Sue (AF's literary executor)

Elsie Jeanette Oxenham

The Elsie J. Oxenham Society

Other collectible British writers

Enid Blyton

The Enid Blyton Society

Monica Edwards

The Monica Edwards Website

Lorna Hill

Lorna Hill blogspot

Violet Needham

Violet Needham Society

Malcolm Saville

The Malcolm Saville Society

Malcolm Saville Centenary Website

Noel Streatfeild

Harriet Jordan's site


North American girls’ series books

Girls' series books: checklist

19th-century girls' series fiction

The Betsy-Tacy Society (Maud Hart Lovelace)

Lucy Maud Montgomery 


Copyright libraries

Bodleian Library catalogue

British Library catalogue

National Library of Scotland

Cambridge University Library

Trinity College, Dublin

Library of Congress

National Library of Australia

National Library of Canada


Publishers (reprints and new titles)

Bettany Press

Books to Treasure

The Elsie J. Oxenham Society (EJO reprints)

Fidra Books

Girls Gone By Publishing

Greyladies Books

Longwater Books (Pamela Brown reprints)

Margin Notes Books


Second-hand bookshops and dealers specialising in children’s books and/or girls’ books

Badger Books

Jane Badger Books (Pony books)

Gill Bilski

The Children's Bookshop (Hay-on-Wye)

Encore Books

Sarah Key (The Haunted Bookshop)

Peakirk Books

Ripping Yarns

David Schutte

Stella Books (Tintern) and Rose's Books (Hay-on-Wye)

Topsy-Turvy Books


Also, of course…

ABE (Advanced Book Exchange)

Amazon UK

Amazon US

eBay UK or eBay US (or any of the other national links)