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Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information in this Web site was accurate at the time of publication. However the CHILDE partners cannot warrant its accuracy and disclaim any liability to any third party for any loss suffered as a result of a reliance upon the information contained in the CHILDE site and those listed below.



  1. - National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK. Information on the collections they hold, eg Renier, Beatrix Potter, etc

  2. - The Opie Collection of Children's Literature, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, UK.

  3. - Center for Bornelitteratur (Centre for Children's Literature), The centre is situated in the National Library of Education, Danish University of Education. The collection consists of approx. 80,000 volumes, including a complete collection of Danish children's books since 1954, and a large collection from earlier periods.

  4. - Svenska Barnboksinstitutet (Swedish Institut for Children's Books)

  5. - The Hockliffe Collection, De Montfort University. Includes entire digitised texts.

  6. - London Institute Special Collections.

  7. - John Rylands University Library, Manchester University, UK.

  8. - Trinity College Dublin Special Collections, Ireland.

  9. - The Horton Collection at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Some digitised images

  10. - The National Library of Ireland. - National Centre for Research in Children's Literature. Includes a list of collections in the UK. A catalogue of the collections held can be found at

  11. - The Gilbert Collection and Dix Collections hold examples of chapbooks and songbooks from the 18th and 19th centuries. Children's books printed in Ireland and of Irish interest from the 19th and 20th centuries form a developing section of the Dublin collection.

  12. - Details of the Buckinghamshire Early Children's Book Collection of mainly 19th century children's books. There is access to the collection through the main online public catalogue.

  13. - Institut fur Jugendbuchforschung in Frankfurt, Germany. The institute has a unique collection of historic books.

  14. - The International Youth Library, Munich, Germany. It contains approximately 80,000 volumes published between 1587 and 1950, including one of the largest collections of European folk tales.

  15. - Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, The Netherlands. The library houses a children's book collection of approximately 95,000 volumes. This includes a large number of 18th and 19th century children's picture books.

  16. - Wandsworth Borough Library Service special collections page. The Early Children's Book Collection of 5,000 items, earliest of which dates from 1673. There is also a small, but interesting collection of books dated pre 1850. The majority of the collection covers the period 1850 - 1959.

  17. - The Finnish children's book institute:

  18. - The Norwegian Children's Book Institute:


  19. - University of California, USA. Picturing Childhood, illustrated children's books of the university collection, 1550 - 1990. Also information on the history of illustrated children's books.

  20. - Kay E Vandergrift's Special Interest Page, Rutgers University, USA.

  21. - The Marguerite Archer Collection, San Francisco University, USA.

  22. - The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, USA.

  23. - The Early Juvenile Library of North Carolina. Approx. 900 volumes from 15th century to twentieth century. Collection catalogue on line

  24. - The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida. Approx. 93,000 volumes, published between 1700s and 1970s, in UK and USA.

  25. - Index to the Lilly Library Chapbook Collection, Indiana University.

  26. - Catalogue of "Tiny Tomes: the Charlotte M Smith Collection of Miniature Books". An exhibition at the University of Iowa in 1996.

  27. - The Kerlan Collection of children's literature at the University of Minnesota.

  28. - Children's literature collection at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

  29. - The New York Public Library Central Children's Room houses a collection of 18th and 19th century children's books.

  30. - The Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, 23,000 illustrated children's books and related items from 16th to 20th century.

  31. - Rare Books and Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.

  32. - The Elizabeth Nesbitt Chapbook Collection, held at the University of Pittsburgh. An illustrated catalogue of many 18th and 19th century UK and US chapbooks


  33. - The Osborne Collection of children's books in English

  34. - Canadian Children's Books 1799 - 1939, University of British Columbia, Canada. Some digitised illustrations.

  35. - The Arkley Collection of Historical Children's Literature, University of British Columbia. Specialises in Lewis Carroll.


  36. - Treasures of the State Library of South Australia, children's literature research collection.

  37. - The State Library of Victoria collection. Over 50,000 children's books, from mainly the 19th and 20th centuries.


Resources - Educational and bibliographic


  1. - Online Book, Children's Literature. A guide to critcism.

  2. - Treasury of children's classic stories.

  3. www.underdown,org/children.htm - The Purple Crayon web site. Information about past and present children's literature.

  4. - The World of the Child - Two hundred years of children's books exhibition, at the Hugh M Morris Library, University of Delaware in 1998.


  5. - Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature, both past and present.

  6. - University of Indiana, USA. Links to online resources on the subject of children's and adolescent literature.

  7. - The Children's Literature Web Guide, University of Calgary, Canada.

  8. - University of Illinois, USA. Catalogues and collections for children's literature, both past and present.

  9. - University of British Columbia, Education Library, Canada. Information about past and present children's literature.

  10. - University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The history of education and childhood.

  11. - Children's Books Central - A place to start for writers, readers, collectors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, publishers, printers, storytellers and kids.

  12. - Links to children's literature web sites.

  13. - Children's Literature Ring.

  14. - The Young Book Trust


    - Co-operative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Information about past and present children's literature.


  2. - Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, culture, media, University of Reading, UK.

  3. - Center for Bornelitteratur (Centre for Children's Literature), The centre is situated in the National Library of Education, Danish University of Education. The Centre is an independent research body and trains researchers in the field of children's literature.

  4. - University of Leipzig. This site contains bibliographic information about children's literature research.

  5. - International Research Society for Children's Literature. They aim to promote research and scholarship into children’s and youth literature, reading and related fields.

  6. - National Centre for Research in Children's Literature. Includes a list of collections in the UK.

    Country specific

  7. - Greek children’s literature page (in English) This site includes an article on the history of Greek children’s literature

  8. - Canadian Children's Book Center.


  9. - The Cinderella project, at the University of Southern Mississippi. Compares various texts of Cinderella from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

  10. - Women Children's Book Illustrators.

  11. - The Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk Project at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  12. - Nineteenth century American children and what they read.


  13. - The Pop Up World of Ann Montanaro, an exhibition held at Rutgers University, State University of New York. The first ever www exhibition of pop-up books, excellent images, links to associated sites.

  14. - An exhibition at the State University of Victoria, Australia.

  15. - Catalogue of pop up books, mostly 20th century, and an essay on moveable books


  16. - French: Centre International d’etudes en literature de jeunesse.

  17. - Database of award winning children's literature. Includes a tailored reading list of quality children's literature


  18. - Children's Literature Association.

  19. - The International Board on Books for Children.