About the Collections
The Children's Literature Center is a part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division
Digitized Children's Literature
Children's Books Online from the Rare Book and Special Collection's Division
Children's Books Online from the General Collections
Email the Children's Literature Center
Blog Posts About Rare Children's Books
Hans Christian Andersen: A Billedbog to a Boy
More Blog Posts About Children's Books
Favorite Alphabet Exhibition List
A Selection of Rare and Special Children's Books Shown on the Occasion of the Children's Literature Center's 50th Anniversary
Japanese-American Exhibition List
The Children's Literature Center assists users in gaining access to all children's materials dispersed throughout the Library. The Library holds between 500,000 and 600,000 children's books and periodicals including maps, visual and audio media and secondary material.
The Ethel and Ira Levine Maurice Sendak Collection
The Smallest Book in the World, Old King Cole
Interview with the Children's Literature Center Chief
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 129
Washington, DC 20540-4620
Telephone: (202) 707-5535
Map showing location
Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Reader Cards are issued in the Madison Building (LM-140) and the Jefferson Bulidng (LJ-139)..
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Inquiries can be made in person, by letter, phone, or online at Ask a Librarian. Researchers needing assistance are encouraged to make an appointment before their visit. For group visits and book presentations, please call at (202) 707-5535. In the Center's Reading Room, a children's literature specialist offers research assistance, locates materials, and orients researchers to the Library's extensive resources. The Center houses a reference and a showcase collection of illustrated children's books, including the world’s smallest children’s book.