My LEGO book collection

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Having just stuffed the DK Minifigure book onto my Billy bookshelf, I thought I'd post this picture of my collection, and reflect on the LEGO book phenomenon as it is today.

One of the first LEGO books to be published by a publisher other than the LEGO company was 'The World of LEGO Toys', in 1987. There was then a long wait for the next one, Dorling Kindersley's The Ultimate LEGO Book, published in 1999. For a few years DK had a monopoly on publishing licenced LEGO books, although there were literally hundreds of unofficial ones published by others on Mindstorms, which had just been released, and I guess we have that product partially to thank for making books about LEGO as popular as they are today.

Nowadays, several publishers are creating licenced books, including DK, Ladybird and Scholastic, the latter two concentrating their efforts on story and activity books for young readers, and many others have an impressive catalogue of LEGO titles, most notably No Starch Press.

Walk into any bookstore in the UK or the USA and there is usually a large area dedicated to LEGO books, and indeed some bookstores in the UK such as Waterstones have started to sell LEGO sets as well as books. Clearly they are big business, and I hope they continue to be because us LEGO book aficionados have never had it so good.

What's also great about the rapid rise in LEGO book popularity and numbers is that it's enabled many AFOLs to become involved in creating them, myself included.

There are still many more great books to come in 2013 including, from No Starch, Beautiful LEGO (see my review in a couple of days), Megan Rothrock's LEGO Adventure Book volume 2, and Pete Reid and Tim Goddard's LEGO Space, which I've heard great things about.

Don't forget that we maintain an index of LEGO books that are of interest to AFOLs complete with handy links to Amazon to enable you to fill the gaps in your collection :)

18 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a lot of books 0_0

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice collection!!

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By in United Kingdom,

In the list of books, Was Jack Streat left out for a reason? I mean his books are a little naughty as far as lego goes and are in the No Starch book list? And also available on Amazon too...?
Also looking in my personal collection, You also missed out: Xubor's book, Martin Hüdepohl's book and the Forbidden lego book too... or are they all in the naughty list too?

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By in United Kingdom,

You've got quite a collection Huw! Nicely done!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I haven't listed all books by any means, and probably have missed out the 'naughty' ones!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi Huw,
In regards to the link: "LEGO books that are of interest to AFOLs " - I can see the different sections "New for 2013", "Building".. etc.. but cant click on any of them to look within them?
Anyone else having this problem?

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By in United States,

@kinsta....No problem here

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By in United States,

Never knew there were so many LEGO books :0

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By in United Kingdom,

@NaMioko thanks, I'm on Firefox and it doesn't display - just tried it on Safari and it works... ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's because you have an ad-blocker enabled. Disable it for Brickset.com and you'll be good to go...

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry - didn't realise - Thanks Huw!

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By in United States,

*Whistles* That must have taken a lot of effort to get them all @Huw! My Barns & Noble bookstore carrie LEGO sets too!

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By in United States,

@Huw - I see you're a believer. You got the Brick Bible. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

^The Brick Testament treatment of Genesis 38 somewhat put me off the Brick Testament! It's certainly clever part use at least... ;)

Lego and Billy go together so wonderfully when it's actual Lego. Lego books on Billy? Amazing! :P

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^ I also have three of the tall deeper Billy bookcases, with glass doors, for displaying models in.

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Maybe I'm just not seeing them, but I don't see any of Sean Kenney's books. My favorite is actually the ABC board book. Also it looks like a few of Brendan Powell Smith's books aren't there - I see the first run of three books from several years ago and the Old Testament one he produced more recently, but not the New Testament one that came out last year or the three childrens versions he's made. But really, I'm just jealous of your collection.

One thing about the explosion of books, I wouldn't really count a good chunk of them that come across as catalogs pushing products - a lot of the DK guides, the sticker books, and several of the "I Can Read" books.

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