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
Hans Christian Andersen: A Billedbog to a Boy
More Blog Posts About Children's Books
Favorite Alphabet Exhibition List (PDF, 272KB)
A Selection of Rare and Special Children's Books Shown on the Occasion of the Children's Literature Center's 50th Anniversary (PDF, 179KB)
Exhibition List (PDF, 21KB)
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 (PDF,146 KB)
The Smallest Book in the World
Old King Cole
Interview with the former
Children's Literature Center Chief
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
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Five Articulated Handmade Paper Dolls of Chinese Family and Sets of Official Costumes. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1900.
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