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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

Little frog and pretty mouse.
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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Featured Item
Five Articulated Handmade Paper Dolls of Chinese Family and Sets of Official Costumes. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1900.


Pinterest Boards with Rare Children's Book Illustrations

From The Complete Caldcott

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.

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  August 26, 2020
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