I loved this series of books when I was a kid. They were sold along with the World Book Encyclopedia set, which my parents also bought and I also read avidly. Childcraft was designed to be a sort of encyclopedia for kids, I think, but it really was so much more, with each volume dedicated to everything from nursery rhymes to international folk tales to biology and how technology and machinery work. Fascinating stuff. The articles were extremely well written with first-class illustrations that enthralled and inspired my young mind. Even today, as a somewhat more jaded adult, I love reading those articles, though they are somewhat dated (my Childcraft was the 1975 edition, after all). Well done, Childcraft authors, editors and illustrators, for helping inspire a love for learning in me and many others during our childhoods. If you see one of these sets (about 15 books) in a garage sale or flea market, buy it!
Posted by: mlawrencekey | March 7, 2011