Russell and Lillian Hoban

mole christmasA hint to booksellers around the holidays is to overprice vintage children’s books rather than under price. Books tend to sell for more during the holidays. This is true also for the classic Christmas books. Ordinarily these books don’t sell for as much as I have recently sold them for but during Christmas I sell them for $10-$20 regularly. The Mole Family”s Christmas holds the best value year round out of the two first titles.


The Mole Family’s Christmas

Russel Hoban and Lillian Hoban. Published by Parents’ Magazine Press 1969 for $20 a few days ago. It’s a bread and butter book. Relatively easily found.


Emmet Otter's ChristmasEmmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

Russel Hoban and Lillian Hoban. Published in 1971 by Parents’ Magazine Press. This book is another classic by the Hoban’s and snatched up pretty quickly. Another easily found book which should be listed at around $8 or so. It was the inspiration for Jim Henson’s Muppets Jug Band Christmas series.

Highly collectible titles by the Hobans:

Egg Thoughts, and Other Frances Songs by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban (Apr 1994) $100-$300
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake (Oct 10, 2006) $27-$500
Flat Cat by Russell Hoban ; Illustrated by Clive Scruton by Russell Hoban (1980) $35 +

Common and lower valued books by the Hobans

Harvey’s Hideout  $10ish+

The Brute Family and other several books from the series of the Brute Family


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About Julie Schultz

My name is Julie Anna Schultz. I live in rural upstate NY. I have eleven children, one husband, three chickens, a bunny and a dog. Not acquired in that order. :) Since 2002, I’ve been teaching people how to buy and sell children’s collectible books online. Learn More

One Response to “Russell and Lillian Hoban”

  1. Barbara Gabriel at

    I am a retired teacher who would like to liquidate my literature books. I have no clue how . I am looking for suggestions. Taught from 1976 to 2010. Great collections mostly by themes.

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