There are several internet sites providing information about and images
of early British children's books. Here is a sample.
- The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern
Mississippi. A growing collection of 55,000 published books, dating from
1530 to the present, mostly British and American.
- The State Library of South Australia children's book research collection:
62,700 contemporary and historical children's books from Australia and
- The home page of the Children's Literature Association.
- The Early Juvenile Library of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Early Juvenile Literature Collection contains approximately 900 volumes
ranging from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries. Strengths include toy
books, children's magazines, primers, etiquette guides, chapbooks, and
miniature books. The collection catalogue may be searched online.
- The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University
of Florida contains more than 93,000 volumes published in Britain and the
- Finding aids and catalogues for the Opie Collection of children's books at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University
- The Mazza Collection of original artwork from mostly recent children's
- The Cinderella Project, run by Professor Michael Salda at the University
of Southern Mississippi. Using the De Grummond Children's Literature Research
Collection as its basis, the project compares various texts of Cinderella
dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
http://www-dept.usm.edu/~engdept/jack/jackhome.html for a similar project for Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk.
- The index to the Lilly Library Chapbook Collection, Indiana University
which contains 1,900 chapbooks from England, Scotland, Ireland, France,
and the United States.
- More than 15,000 volumes, plus original art and manuscripts by contemporary
creators of children's books, from the Northeast Children's Literature
- A page to accompany the 'World of the Child - Two Hundred Years of Children's
Books' exhibition held at the Hugh M. Morris Library in the University
of Delaware Library in 1998.
- The catalogue from the 'Tiny Tomes: The Charlotte M. Smith Collection
of Miniature Books' exhibition at the University of Iowa from 1996. Contains
books dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
- The Kerlan Collection of children's literature at the University of Minnesota.
- A catalogue of Illustrated Children's Books from University of California
Collections, 1550-1990. From a 1997 exhibition, 'Picturing Childhood',
at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA, Los Angeles.
- http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/anne-and-fernand-renier/ — The homepage of the Renier Collection of Historic and Contemporary Publications for Children. It consists of over 80,000 books, also toys, games and printed ephemera, and is now part of the Children's Book Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum
- The Arkley Collection of Historical Children's Literature, University
of British Columbia, specialising in the work of Lewis Carroll.
- The New York Public Library's Central Children's Room houses a noncirculating
collection of 18th and 19th century children's books as well as the modern
- 18. http://www.princeton.edu/cotsen/ - The Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University houses 23,000 illustrated children's books and related items dating from the 16th to 20th centuries.
- http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/kidlit/kidlit/kidlit.html - well illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of children's literature from the
late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
- The Australian Children's literature Collection of mostly modern and
- An introductory page to the history of children's literature by Kay E.
Vandergrift at Rutgers University.
- The homepage of the very important Osborne collection of children's books