#32

Hi everyone,

On May 13, I reported that a South African publisher was interested in including “The Little Boy’s Secret” from THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES in an upcoming book for 4th grade Afrikaans-speaking students.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve now signed the agreement and look forward to seeing the new book in print. Publisher is Pearson South Africa in Cape Town. The book will be in print and electronic with up to 50,000 copies print and 10,000 electronic/digital.

I just did a fast scan of records and counted 31 previous reprints of stories from THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES since it first appeared in 1972. The original book sold 780,000 copies in hardback and book club in a dozen languages. I have no way to know how many children have read some part of the book in the fifty years since then, but I think the number could rival or surpass the original number.

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 I haven’t updated the full list of secondary uses from my published books since 2016 so it’s rather out of date.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.

The Little Boy’s Secret

Hi everyone,

I’ve been queried about granting rights to an Afrikaans translation of “The Little Boy’s Secret,” the first of three stories in THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES. Afrikaans is spoken in South AfricaNamibia, and, to a lesser extent, BotswanaZambia, and Zimbabwe. It will appear in an educational book for 4th grade students, if I have it right. Initial printing is to be 50,000 copies. I’ve had other work published by the company, which is based in Cape Town. I’ll provide a few more details when I’m free to. The request is for nonexclusive rights to use the story for ten years.

I’m so pleased to see work from this book still finding its way to children in the United States and abroad. It was first published in 1972 in the U.S. by American Heritage Press and co-published in England. The next year was when it won a Christopher Medal. In 2001, Boyds Mills Press republished it. And now, on its half-century birthday, a new audience of kids in Africa will meet the boy with a secret and learn what it is. I don’t know how many times stories and limericks from THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES have been anthologized. Many. I hope to reach an agreement soon on this most recent request.

New use for old story

Hi everyone,

I’m happy to announce that I’ve signed an agreement to let HarperCollins London reprint an old story of mine in an upcoming anthology edited by JULIA ECCLESHARE and called Stories for 4 Year Olds.

“The Little Boy’s Secret” debuted fifty years ago in THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES. It’s beautifully illustrated by the French artist, PHILIPPE FIX. In 1973, the book won a Christopher Award.

First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” The medals are presented annually in New York City, directly to writers, producers, directors and illustrators in the publishing, film, broadcast TV and cable industries. Winners have included David McCullough, Dave Brubeck, Charles Schulz, Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The Today Show, Masterpiece Theatre, Face the Nation, and CBS News Sunday Morning are among the long list of winners over the years.

And now the little boy in the first story in THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES has a new feather for his cap. I’m proud of him.

A good week

Hi everyone,

A short week but a good one. We returned from Oregon on Tuesday after a great trip with Jeff and Jennifer that included Portland, Crater Lake, Sunriver, and Cannon Beach. Spectacular views, wonderful food, and loving company. Couldn’t ask for more or better.

I’m twenty work-days away from my Fairfax deadline and feel confident I can make it. A lot of things are going undone for now but it won’t be much longer before I can return to a more normal routine. This past week I agreed on terms for an old story of mine, “The Little Boy’s Secret,” to appear in a U.K. HarperCollins anthology for 7-year-olds. The story originally came out in THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES, co-published by American Heritage Press in the U.S.A. and Jonathan Caple in England in 1972.

I’m set for a virtual return on October 30 to The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Florida. This time I’m introducing the new book, I WANT AN APPLE. I look forward to it.

I began sketching notes for a video I promised to make as part of the Fairfax project. I need to make it before the end of November. Mary Jo Fresch, Laura Robb, Tim Rasinski, and I made plans to rehearse a 60-minute webinar for California Reading Conference that will be broadcast live on November 18.

Next week I speak at American Association of School Librarians at its national conference in Salt Lake City. Kate Coombs and I will discuss science/nature-based poetry for young people. Our presentation, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Connecting Young Readers to Nature,” will be moderated by award winning librarian Amanda Jones from Louisiana. I’ll speak on the subject in general but with emphasis on THE DIRT BOOK.

Time to get to work.