About 'Finding Out' Magazine

Finding Out: A Modern Library of Education in Weekly Parts’ was a British weekly educational magazine for children, first published by Purnell & Sons Ltd in 1962.

In 1967, the magazine amalgamated with its competitor Look and Learn. Prior to the amalgamation, it appeared every week for 240 issues, the first 72 being numbered 1 to 72, and from then on numbered as volume 7 to 20, each volume having 12 issues. It initially sold for 1s 6d, eventually rising to 2s 6d. Readers could buy binders for each volume. Topics covered included maths, science, history, geography and French, and each issue included a short story. It was noted for its illustrations, which were by some of the top book illustrators of the day, including Angus McBride and Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.

This page lists the volumes that included illustrations by the Grahame Johnstone twins, as well as a couple of illustrations from stories within the volumes. Most of the illustrated serials were written by Roger Lancelyn Green, and later published in book form. I’ve included links to the books below, but they are rare and often not available. Don’t lose hope, just keep checking – it took me ten years to collect the whole set!

The illustrations are stunning, and the books are highly collectible (sadly, for ‘collectible’, read ‘rare and expensive’). A Finding Out Treasury was also published, containing many of the most popular stories from the magazine’s publishing history. 

A complete list of the Grahame Johnstone illustrations in 'Finding Out' Magazine

Finding Out Volume 2, issues #5-7, 9-10, 12

Johnstone illustrations appear in volume 2, issues numbered 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 & 24. 

Illustrations are for the series Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (vol. 2, no. 17 – vol. 6. no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1963.

Finding Out Volume 3, issues #1-6, 8-9, 11 

Johnstone illustrations appear in volume 3, nos 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35.

Illustrations are for the series Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (vol. 2, no. 17 – vol. 6. no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1963.

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Finding Out Vol 4 issue 42 cover

Finding Out Volume 4, issues #1-6, 8-9 

Johnstone illustrations appear in volume 4, nos 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44 & 45.

Illustrations are for the series Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (vol. 2, no. 17 – vol. 6. no. 1), which was republished in book format by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1963

Finding Out Volume 5, issues #1-3, 5-9, 11-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in volume 5, nos 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59 & 60.

Illustrations are for the series Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (vol. 2, no. 17 – vol. 6. no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1963; and for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished as in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965.

Finding Out Volume 6, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in every issue of volume 6 (nos 61-72). 

Illustrations are for the series Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (vol. 2, no. 17 – vol. 6. no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1963; and for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished as in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965.

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Finding Out Vol 7 No 10 cover by the Grahame Johnstones

Finding Out Volume 7, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volume 7, no. 10.

Illustrations are for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965.

Finding Out Volume 8, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front covers of volume 8, nos 1 and 7. 

Illustrations are for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965.

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Finding Out Vol 9 No 6 cover

Finding Out Volume 9, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues. 

Illustrations are for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965.

Finding Out Volume 10, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front covers of volume 10 nos 7 & 12. 

Illustrations are for the series Myths from Many Lands (volume 6, no. 2 – volume 10, no. 1), which was republished in book form by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1965; and for the series Folk Tales of the World (volume 10, no. 2 – volume 12, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966.

Finding Out Volume 11, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volume 11, no. 3. 

Illustrations are for the series Folk Tales of the World (volume 10, no. 2 – volume 12, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966.

Finding Out Volume 12, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volume 12, no. 6. 

Illustrations are for the series Folk Tales of the World (volume 10, no. 2 – volume 12, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966; and for the series Sir Lancelot of the Lake (volume 12, no. 6 – volume 15, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966.

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'The Lady of the Pavilion' from Finding Out Vol 13 No 3

Finding Out Volume 13, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues. 

Illustrations are for the series Sir Lancelot of the Lake (volume 12, no. 6 – volume 15, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966.

Finding Out Volume 14, issues #1-12

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues. 

Illustrations are for the series Sir Lancelot of the Lake (volume 12, no. 6 – volume 15, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966.

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Finding Out Vol 15 No 6 cover 'Jason and the Golden Fleece' by the Grahame Johnstones

Finding Out Volume 15, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volume 15, no. 6. 

Illustrations are for the series Sir Lancelot of the Lake (volume 12, no. 6 – volume 15, no. 5), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1966; and for the series Jason and the Golden Fleece (volume 15, no. 6 – volume 18, no. 6), which was also republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1968.

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Finding Out Vol 16 No 8 cover

Finding Out Volume 16, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues. 

Illustrations are for the series Jason and the Golden Fleece (volume 15, no. 6 – volume 18, no. 6), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1968.

Finding Out Volume 17, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volumes 17, nos. 1 and 7. 

Illustrations are for the series Jason and the Golden Fleece (volume 15, no. 6 – volume 18, no. 6), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1968.

Finding Out Volume 18, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front covers of volume 18, nos 5 and 6. 

Illustrations are for the series Jason and the Golden Fleece (volume 15, no. 6 – volume 18, no. 6), which was republished as a book by Roger Lancelyn Green in 1968; and for the series Robin Hood (volume 18, no. 6 – volume 19, no. 3). Robin Hood unfortunately was never reprinted in book form.

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Finding Out Vol 19 No 4 cover 'The Legend of Perseus' by the Grahame Johnstones

Finding Out Volume 19, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front cover of volume 19, no. 4.

Illustrations are for the series Robin Hood (volume 18, no. 6 – volume 19, no. 3); and The Legend of Perseus (volume 19, no. 4 – volume 20, no. 3). These stories were not made available in book form.

Finding Out Volume 20, issues #1-12 

Johnstone illustrations appear in all issues, including the front covers of volume 20, numbers 4 & 12.

Illustrations are for the series The Legend of Perseus (volume 19, no. 4 – volume 20, no. 3); and for The Story of Atalanta (volume 20, nos 7-12). Single illustrations also appear of The Poor Japanese Peasants and their Dog (volume 20, no. 4); Viravara and His Devotion to the King (volume 20, no. 5); and Kessi the Hunter (volume 20, no. 6). These stories were not made available in book form.

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