Thornton W. Burgess 150th Celebration

This year is Thornton W. Burgess' 150th birthday! To celebrate his legacy and impact, the town of Sandwich is hosting many different events throughout 2024! Titcomb's Bookshop is a proud partner for the year's celebrations. Burgess is such a beloved local literary figure and we are so happy to support all the wonderful ways the town shines a light on his life and work.

Click HERE to see the complete list of events!

For those of you who may not be familiar, Thornton W. Burgess was a children's book author and naturalist who was born in Sandwich in 1874, graduated from Sandwich High School in 1891, and lived in town until his death in 1968. A naturalist and conservationist, he loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily columns in newspapers for children featuring animal characters native to the Cape Cod area. He was the son of Caroline F. Haywood and Thornton W. Burgess Sr., a direct descendent of Thomas Burgess, one of the first settlers of Sandwich in 1637. 

During 2024, the town of Sandwich and the Thornton W. Burgess Society/Green Briar Nature Center will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the renowned children's author.

Find out more about Burgess and the 150th celebration here! 

The Thornton W. Burgess Society was founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess. They started the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen located on the shores of Smiling Pool and adjacent to the famous Briar Patch of Thornton Burgess's stories. It is also the home to the Dr. Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden and the Green Meadow Forest and Live Menagerie, which has a number of small resident animals. In October 2022, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster) merged with the Thornton W. Burgess Society/Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen. The Museum offers all sorts of events and activities for children and adults, such as classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, and interactive exhibits. The Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen is located at 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Rte. 6A) in East Sandwich. Learn more about the museum.

 

Learn More:

Read an article from the Sandwich Enterprise about Burgess and the year's celebrations!

Some more history about Burgess and Sandwich from the Sandwich Historical Commission.

To see our highlight about the Sandwich Public Library's event in January (with photos of how wonderful it looked!) check out our February email newsletter!

 

We have many of his books in stock! Please ask our booksellers to show you our Children's Classics section where new copies of his books are for sale. We also have a Burgess section in our Old Books department with antique, old, and used copies of his books as well. 

 

Nature's Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess By Christie Palmer Lowrance Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780764344459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 28th, 2013

This book is available! If you have trouble ordering through our website, please give us a call at 508-888-2331.


The Adventures of Peter Cottontail: The Unabridged Classic (Children's Classic Collections) By Thornton Burgess Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781631584022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Racehorse for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

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Old Mother West Wind (Dover Children's Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess, George Kerr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thornton W. Burgess, George Kerr (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780486480510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - June 16th, 2011

Thornton Burgess Five-Minute Bedtime Tales: From Old Mother West Wind's Library (Dover Children's Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess, Harrison Cady (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780486471112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - November 17th, 2011

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Old Mother West Wind (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486288499
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - December 29th, 1995

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780486269290
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - December 11th, 1991

The Adventures of Buster Bear (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486275642
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - March 24th, 1993

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486275659
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - March 24th, 1993

The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat: Unabridged, in Easy-To-Read Type (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486278179
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - November 8th, 1993

The Adventures of Mr. Mocker (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess, Harrison Cady (Illustrator) Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486481012
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - June 16th, 2011

The Adventures of Old Man Coyote: Unabridged, in Easy-To-Read Type (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486296463
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - June 4th, 1997

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486413051
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - October 3rd, 2000

The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486278186
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - November 8th, 1993

Big Book of Animal Stories (Dover Children's Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780486419800
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - November 2nd, 2011

Bowser the Hound (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$6.00
ISBN: 9780486428475
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - August 19th, 2010

The Burgess Animal Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780486437453
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - September 10th, 2004

The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780486442532
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - July 26th, 2005

Buster Bear's Twins (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486407906
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - May 14th, 1999

Mother West Wind's Children (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess, George Kerr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thornton W. Burgess, George Kerr (Illustrator)
$5.50
ISBN: 9780486497242
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - July 17th, 2013

Mother West Wind's Neighbors (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$6.00
ISBN: 9780486428468
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - May 29th, 2003

Whitefoot the Wood Mouse: In Easy-To-Read Type (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486449449
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - April 10th, 2006

Old Granny Fox (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486416595
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This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - July 21st, 2010

Lightfoot the Deer (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Thornton W. Burgess, Harrison Cady (Illustrator) Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486401003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned due to publisher restrictions.
Published: Dover Publications - February 10th, 1998