Barenholtz, Edith F.
The George Brown Toy Sketchbook
. Princeton: The Pyne Press, 1971.
A collection of designs for toys drawn to actual size, shape, and color. Most done by George Brown, who was a Connecticut inventor, craftsman, clockmaker turned toy maker, 18301889.
Brant, Sandra and Cullman, Elissa.
Small Folk: A CeleChildhood in America
. New York: E. P. Dutton, l980.
Limited regarding toys, but an excellent reference concerning children’s place in American society.
The World of Toys
. London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1969.
Filled with pictures, the book traces toys from primitive to modern times with the idea that they mirror their period and tell their own story of civilization. Readable at middle school level.
Csikazentmihalyi, Mihaly and RochbergHalton, Eugene.
The Meaning of Things: Domestic Symbols and the Self.
Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1981.
Note Chapter 4, “Object relations and the development of the self.”
Children’s Toys Throughout the Ages
. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1953.
A collector’s approach to the subject of toys; combines history, science, and educational developments with the story of traditional toys. Excellent bibliography and information on toy collections.
Toys Through the Ages
. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1962.
Very readable story of playthings with folklore, history, and nostalgia. Includes stories about toys which could be read to students and a list of stories about toys.
A History of Toys
. Germany: Delacorte Press, 1966.
An illustrated history which includes a section on the nature of toys. The influence of was toys and the American toy industry are discussed. Recommended reading list is included.
Children’s Toys of Bygone Days
. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1928.
Standard history of toys from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. Over half of the book contains photographs.
Hertz, Louis H.
The Handbook of Old American Toys.
Wethersfield, Connecticut: Mark Haber and Company, 1947.
Fact filled, concerned primarily with metal toys; sections on identifying, materials, and terminology.
Johnson, Doris McNeely.
Children’s Toys and Books
. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1982.
A guide to choosing toys and books for different age groups and abilities.
McClintoch, Inez and Marshall.
Toys in America
. Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1961.
A general reference of the American toy industry; illustrated with an extensive bibliography and a list of known toy manufacturers before 1900.
Mergen, Bernard. “Games and Toys,”
Handbook of Popular Culture
. Vol. II. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980.
Contains an overview of games and toys, a review of reference works, research collections, history and criticism.
Remise, Jane and Fondin, Jean.
The Golden Age of Toys
. Greenwich, Connecticut: Edita Lausanne, 1967.
Wellillustrated book dealing with the period 1860 to 1914, the factory age to the outbreak of WW I.
Spock, Dr. Benjamin.
Baby and Child Care
. New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1961.