Skip to content

Children’s Historical and Special Collections

The Children's Department at CLP - Main houses the Children's Historical and Special Collections. This collection contains a wide variety of books from many different sources. It offers resources for students of children’s literature, teachers, storytellers, and other interested library users.

The Children’s Historical and Special Collections include:

  • Children’s books significant to the history of children’s literature
  • Notable books about literature for children, recent and historic
  • Folk tales from many cultures and books about folklore
  • Storytelling resources, the history and philosophy of storytelling, performance guides and handbooks, and program planning
  • Criticism, reviews, and biographical information about children’s authors and illustrators
  • Children’s books by local authors and illustrators
  • Books authored or edited by former Children’s Department or Training School for Children’s Librarians staff, including Frances Jenkins Olcott, Anne Carroll Moore, Elva S. Smith, and Edna Whiteman
  • Books about puppetry
  • Pop-up and movable children’s books
  • Award books: Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpré Medal, Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal, and Carolyn W. Field Award
  • Works that explore problematic stereotypes from 20th century children’s literature, including examples that reinforce negative stereotypes, and contain offensive portrayals of race, ethnicity or gender
site logo

What would you like to find?

Skip to content
Skip to content