History of The Book of Giant Stories

Hi everyone,

I became curious about other places where poems and stories from THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES have appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and other venues so I did a quick copy and paste search. I haven’t updated the full list of secondary uses from my published books since 2016 so it’s rather out of date. I know the grand total for everything exceeds 200 but it takes an enormous amount of time to update and I never seem to think I have the time to spare. Anyway, here’s what I found for GIANTS.

Photo by Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader
THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES
APPEARANCES IN ANTHOLOGIES
1976	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
Tapestry (1976). By 4 editors. Houghton Mifflin Company.
1978	The Book of Giant Stories
Honey for a Child’s Heart Revised (1978). By Gladys Hunt. Zondervan.
1978	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
Step Right Up! Scott, Foresman Basics in Reading (1978). By several editors. Scott, Foresman and Company.
1985	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Dream Keepers (1985). By 4 editors. McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
1985	A Careless Giant from The Book of Giant Stories
Expressways, A Basal Language Program Level 5 (1985). By Lois Brown Easton and Marvin Klein. The Economy Company.
1986	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Discoveries (1986). Numerous editors. Houghton Mifflin.
1986	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
The Happy Birthday Book (1986). By David Jackson. Oxford University Press.
1987	Den Lille Guttens Hemmelighet (The Little Boy’s Secret) from The Book of Giant Stories Den Stopre Godnatt Boka (1987). By Ellen Seip Stubbe and Turid Opsahl.
1988	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
A Treasury of Dragons, Giants and Monsters (1988). By Caroline Royds. Kingfisher Book.
1989	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
Super Stories for the Very Young (1989). By Sally Grindley. Kingfisher.
1989	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
More Stories for the Very Young (1989). By Sally Grindley. Kingfisher.
1989	Der Kleine Junge und sein Geheimnis (The Little Boy’s Secret) from The Book of Giant Stories
Komm, erzahl mir was! (1989). By Agnes Niegl. Bundesverlag.
1989	There Once Was a Giant Named Groans from The Book of Giant Stories
1989	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Houghton Mifflin Literary Readers Book 2 (1989). By several editors. Houghton Mifflin Company.
1990	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
Listening Tapes (1990). By Bill Moore and Mary Moore. Ginn :Publishing Canada.
1990	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
A Treasury of Stories for Five Year Olds (1990). By Edward and Nancy Blishen. Kingfisher Books.
1991	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Stories for Bedtime (1991). By Fiona Waters. Orchard.
1991	The Little Boy’s Secret from The Book of Giant Stories
A Bucketful of Stories for Six Year Olds (1991). By Pat Thomson. Doubleday.
1991	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Tick Tock Tales, 3 Minute Stories (1991). By Sian Hardy. Rainbow Books.
1992	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
A Treasury of Giant and Monster Stories (1992). By Jane Olliver. Kingfisher.
1992	The Book of Giant Stories, cited
Hey! Listen to This! Stories to Read Aloud (1992). By Jim Trelease. New York, New York: Penguin Books.
1992	Kleine Jongen Heeft Een Geheim (The Little Boy’s Secret) from The Book of Giant Stories
De Verhalentuin, Verhalen voor Jonge Kinderen (1992). By Bregje Boonstra. Ploegsma.
1992	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Children (1992). By Nancy and Edward Blishen. Kingfisher Books.
1994	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
The Oxford Treasury of Children’s Stories (1994). By Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark. Oxford University Press.
1998	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Houghton Mifflin, Spelling and Vocabulary (1998). By Shane Templeton.
1999	Little Boy’s Secret
	Magical Stories for 6 Year Olds. By Helen Paiba. MacMillan U.K.
2000	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Magical Stories for 5 Year Olds (2000). By Helen Paiba. Macmillan.
2001	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
Dynamic English Grade 5 (2001). By Gus de Villiers, Helene Strauss, and Sylvia van Straaten. Kagiso Education.
2002	From The Book of Giant Stories
Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read (2002). By Jim Trelease. Penguin.
2003	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
The Kingfisher Treasury of Monster Stories (2003). By Jane Olliver and Annabel Spencely. Kingfisher.
2004	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums from The Book of Giant Stories
	Kingfisher Stories for Five Year Olds (2004). By Edward Blishen, Nancy Blishen, and Polly Noakes. Kingfisher
2005	The Giant Who Threw Tantrums
The Kingfisher Treasury of Giant and Monster Stories. By Jane Oliver and Annabel Spenceley. Kingfisher Books, Ltd.
2009	The Book of Giant Stories
	Pan Books: Webster’s Timeline History, 1935-2007. Icon Group 
International.
2010	Book of Giant Stories 
Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life	(2010). By Gladys Hunt. Zondervan.

THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES sold about 700,000 copies in hardback, mostly through Book Club. It was translated into a dozen languages and sold especially well in Japan. I have no way to know how many copies the books on this list sold. Initial printings have ranged from a few thousand to 50,000 or more. I used to be contacted now and then by story tellers wanting to arrange for permission to include stories from the book in their programs. One was a singer. There was also a symphonic composer. That hasn’t happened lately. I suspect that some story tellers assume that the book has been around so long it must have fallen into public domain. I’ve heard The Little Boy’s Secret described as a classic, as in passed down through the ages. Okay, I’m old, but really people! It won a Christopher Medal (which I’m fond of repeating) but never received another award.