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.
Courageous Companions (1929)
The story of an English lad who sails with Magellan around the world.
Early American railroading as seen through the eyes of the Dewitt Clinton, the first steam engine built for the New York Central Railroad.
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.
Early Moon (1930)
A collection of poems by the Prairie Poet.
The Five Children (1930)
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.
Kees lives in Holland and has a pet duck named Kleintje.
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.
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.
Alice and Thomas and Jane (1931)
Three children have adventures in an English seaside town.
The Fairy Circus (1931)
Inspired by a human circus that performs in their meadow, the fairies put on a circus of their own for the woodland creatures.
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.
Hail Columbia (1931)
A history of the United States of America from its discovery to 1931.
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.’
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.
Celia Jane spends a year with her Auntie, then when she is grown up and has a son of her own Auntie comes to live with her.
A picture geography of the forty-eight states.
How They Carried the Goods: From the Creaking Sleds of Pharaoh to the Swift Airplane of Today (1932)
A series of short vignettes describing how goods were carried in historical times.
In this, the first volume of her family saga, Laura Ingalls is living with her Ma and Pa, sisters Mary and Carrie in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, near Lake Pepin.