Break-of-Day Books

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This is a list of books for beginner readers published by Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, Inc. We are adding titles to this list that we think are excellent quality in both narrative and illustrative style.

Ever since 1928, when Wanda Gag's Millions of Cats appeared, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan has been publishing books of high quality for young readers.

Now, a new group of easy-to-read stories, known as Break-of-Day Books, appears under the colophon shown above -- a rooster crowing in the sunrise -- taken from Wanda Gag's illustrations for Tales from Grimm and More Tales from Grimm

Though the language used in Break-of-Day Books is deliberately kept as clear and as simple as possible, the stories are not written in a controlled vocabulary. And while chosen to be within the grasp of readers in the primary grades, their content is far-ranging and varied enough to captivate children who have just begun crossing the momentous thresh-hold into the world of books.

From the book The Heart of the Wood

Boys and girls who are just beginning to read on their own will find the Break-of-Day books enjoyable and easy to read. Lively, fresh stories that are far ranging and varied in content combine with attractive illustrations. Large, clear type and simple language, but without vocabulary controls, keep the stories readable and fun.

From the book Little Yellow Fur

A Cow for Jaya
Commander Toad in Space
The Secret of the Sachem's Tree
The Truffle Pig