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- 100 titres pour le livre de jeunesse - 74pp. (in French). CulturesFrance, Juin 2006.
- Academic Film Archive of North America - Their films are hosted by the Internet Archive where you can browse by keywords. Some interesting examples of educational films related to children's literature:
- The Stonecutter (1960) - Directed by Gerald McDermott. “McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic in execution, McDermott is clearly one of the outstanding animators of his generation, despite having an output consisting solely of only five films, all of which are under 12 minutes in length. After retiring from film animation at the age of 32, McDermott began producing animated children’s books, eventually becoming one of the world’s best-known authors of books for young readers, winning numerous awards in the process.”
- Sun Flight (1966) - “Gerald McDermott is an exceptional animator who only made five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.html”
- Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy - Searchable, full-text version of Padraic Colum's 1918 book includes illustrations. (From Bartleby.com.)
- Aesop's Fables - John R. Long's site includes the full texts of 655 fables. Most were translated by George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900) and Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914). Some fables have images and sound.
- Aesop. Fables - Edited by George Fyler Townsend. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library.
- Aesopica: Aesop's Fables in English, Latin & Greek - Laura Gibbs, Faculty Liaison for Information Technology at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She also maintains the following web sites:
- Bestiaria Latina: Stories about Animals in Latin - With Blog
- Biblia Vulgata: Bible Stories for Latin Students
- Legenda Aurea: Stories about the Saints in Latin
- Mythologiae: Classical Myths for Latin Students
- Africa Access - "Africa Access was founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children's collections on Africa." There are Awards for Best Book for Young Children and Best Book for Older Readers. There is also a pdf list of all winners. An online database, Africa Access Review, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of books for children. These critiques and descriptions are written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies." A search in for Sudan, for example, retrieves 26 results. Hear about the Children's Africana Book Awards in 'Chanda's Secrets': Books on Africa for Kids, News & Notes with Ed Gordon,, May 2, 2005.
- ALAN Review - Journal contains articles on YA literature and its teaching, interviews with authors, reports on publishing trends, current research on YA literature, a section of reviews of new books, and ALAN membership news. Provides access to full-text articles from Winter 1994 to Winter 1999. (ALAN is an acronym for the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.)
- Aleph-Bet Books - Helen & Marc Younger, dealers in rare and collectible children's books in Pound Ridge, New York. Other dealers specializing in collectible children's books include Bromer Booksellers (Boston) and Justin G. Schiller (New York). For additional dealers can be located through the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Robert Stockton
- Amazon.com Children's Books
- American Antiquarian Society - Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the AAS is a "learned society and national research library of pre-twentieth century American history and culture." They have a strong Children's Literature Collection and provide access to their online catalog. There's also a 19th Century American Children's Book Trade Directory. Among the collections is the McLoughlin company archives. "McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh."
- American Children's Literature - One of the Curriculum units (1978-1997) from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, "a partnership between Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools designed to strengthen teaching and learning in local schools and, by example, in schools across the country." Topics include:
Literature of the U.S. Civil War,
World War II As Seen Through Children’s Literature,
Examining African-American Culture Through the Use of Children’s Literature and
Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through the Use of Children’s Literature. There is also a Index of all Curriculum Units, 1978-2000.
- American Juvenile Collection - Research collection of children's fiction and folklore at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. The collection, which covers the years 1910 -1960, is keyword searchable.
- Andrew Lang's Fairy Books - Laura Gibbs
- Anne of Green Gables Encyclopedia Page - Thomas P. Grelinger
- Art of Illustration: A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Children's Book Illustrators - Exhibition at the National Library of Canada from April 24 to December 7, 1997.
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) - ALA division provides an assortment of children's literature resources including the winners of the
John Newbery Medal, the
Randolph Caldecott Medal, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and
Other Awards & Notables which include the
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the
Pura Belpré Award for a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator. There is a useful collection of
Resources for Librarians.
- Asterix - Official site
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
- Audio Books For Free (AudioBooksForFree) - Free portions of over 200 audio stories for children including:
- At the Back of the North Wind - By George MacDonald. Read by Stan Pretty.
- King of the Golden River - By John Ruskin. Read by Silas Hawkins.
- Mowgli - By Rudyard Kipling. Read by Margaret Wooster.
- Austrian Children's Literature Database (ALIDA) - "Digitalisierung von Daten zur österreichischen Kinder- und Jugendliteratur."
- Author Pages - Official pages of children's writers and illustrators include Avi, Bernard Most, Brian Jacques, Anna Grossnickle Hines, Anne McCaffrey, Katherine Paterson, Jan Brett, Janet Stevens, Jean Marzollo, Joan Irvine, Kevin Henkes, Jonathan Allen, Suse MacDonald, James Gurney, Judy Blume, Seymour Simon, Lois Duncan, Eric Carle, Michael McCurdy, Daniel Pinkwater, Virginia Hamilton and Jean Craighead George. Additional author sites can be located at Random House: Author Web Sites, Yahoo! Children's Authors and Kay Vandergrift's Learning about the Author and Illustrator Pages.
- AuthorTracker - Margaret Wise Brown, Peggy Parish and Norma Fox Mazerare just a few of the authors in the database.
- Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature - University of Florida, Gainesville. "Contains more than 100,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United States from the early 1700s through the current year. Its holdings of more than 800 early American imprints is the second largest such collection in the United States." There is a page which provide tips on how to search for children's books in the the Library Catalog in Searching the UF Libraries On-Line Catalog for items held by the Baldwin Library. You can browse by genre in the Digital Collection which contains approximately 5,000 items. There are over 700 digitized titles with hand-colored illustrations, including the following:
- Jack and Florie, or, The pigeons' wedding - By Harriet B. McKeever. See page 7.
- A frog he would a-wooing go - Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886).
- Alice's adventures in Wonderland - By Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Go to unnumbered in the drop down to locate illustrations.
- Walter Crane's painting book
- Bank Street College Children's Library - See also the Children's Book Committee and their annual list of recommended books and Awards.
- Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents - Located at California State University in San Marcos, the Center offers a database of 7,000 titles in Spanish as well as a database of 700 titles in English about Hispanic/Latino people and cultures. (Centro para el Estudio de Libros Infantiles y Juveniles en Espanol).
- Belinus Press
- Beyond Nancy Drew: Girls' Literature in the Sallie Bingham Center For Women's History and Culture - Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.
- Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia - Provides full-text access to Studies in Bibliography, searchable or browsable by volume (vols. 1-52, 1948-1999) and author. Articles on children's books include Four Children's Books by A. A. Milne by John R. Payne, Vol. 23, 1970, pp. 127-139, The Motives of Puffing: John Newbery's Advertisements: 1742-1767 by John Dawson Carl Buck, Vol. 30, 1977) pp. 196-210 and English Editions of French Contes de Fées Attributed to Mme D'Aulnoy Vol. 27, 1974) pp. 227-232 by Nancy and Melvin Palmer.
- Biblioteca de literatura infantil y juvenil - Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes.
- Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms - Homepage of the ALA publication "designed for teachers, librarians, library media specialists, booksellers, parents, and all other adults interested in connecting children with high quality books." Provides a useful cumulative index which covers 1990-2001.
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) - Provides access to their online web catalog BN-OPALE PLUS, with over 7 million records.
- Bibliothèque numérique des enfants - Has digitized children's books including La légende du roi Arthur, and rare books: My Very First Little Book of Letters and Le Roman d'Alexandre
- Babar, Harry Potter et Compagnie: Livres d'enfants d'hier et d'aujourd'hui - See Présentation vidéo de l’exposition [4:31] by Corinne Gibello-Bernette. There is a 28-page Dossier de presse and a Catalogue d’exposition by Olivier Piffaul (Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2008. 580 pages). Other titles on French children's books (livres de jeunesse): Des livres d’enfant à la littérature de jeunesse by Christian Poslaniec (Gallimard, 2008); La littérature de jeunesse: Itinéraires d’hier à aujourd’hui by Denise Escarpit, Pierre Bruno, Christiane Connan-Pintado (Magnard, 2008. 473 p.).
- Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz - Photo agency of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin. The Bildportal der Kunstmuseen contains 12 million images (250,000 of them online) "from all areas of fine art, culture and history.". A search for Buchdeckelillustration or kinderbücher (children's book) retrieves over 60 images including:
- Struwelpeter (image numbers 00026106 and 00000745)
- Lothar Meggendorfer (00075591)
- Book TV - C-SPAN. You can search the C-SPAN Digital Library There are discussions of:
- Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World - Jennifer Armstrong (8/31/02) [59:00]
- Billy Yank and Johnny Reb: Soldiering in the Civil War - Susan Provost Beller (6/29/02) [56:00]
- Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II - Amy Nathan (5/4/02) [53:00]
- Navajo Code Talkers and Other Books - By Nathan Aaseng (3/02/2001) [1:29:00]
- Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth - Sally Walker (9/21/02) [1:03:03]
- In Real Life: Six Women Photographers - Leslie Sills (2/3/01) [54:00]
- Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream - By Tanya Lee Stone (3/13/2009) [50:00]
- The Trial of Standing Bear - By Frank Keating (2/19/2009) (31:00)
- The Irregulars - (9/10/2008) [34:00] "Jennet Conant talked about the life of children's author Roald Dahl...Mr. Dahl worked to end the neutrality of America during the onset of World War II as a covert spy for the British Intelligence in an outfit called the Baker Street Irregulars."
- Bryan Collier Interview - 99/30/2006) [07:00] "Mr. Collier was interviewed about his illustrations for the book, Welcome Precious, written by Nikki Grimes."
- Evening with Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers - (9/02/2004) [01:16:00] "Author Walter Dean Myers and his son, illustrator Christopher Myers, discussed the dynamics of their working relationship and their approach to creating books for young audiences."
- Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain - Deborah Kogan Ray (1/09/2002) [01:01:00]
- BookHive - Site created by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County provides "hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas".
- Booklist Online - American Library Association publication.
- Books for Youth
- Booklist Editors' Choice - Includes Books for Youth and Adult Books for Young Adults
- Current Issue
- indexes from 1997 to the present.
- British Library - Their National Sound Archive is "one of the largest sound archives in the world." You can search the Sound Archive Catalogue and listen to excerpts from the collection. Children's authors include:
- Jim and the Beanstalk - Raymond Briggs reads an excerpt.
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - "One of the nation's leading children's book review journals for school and public librarians," it is affiliated with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Monthly online features include Starred Titles, Bulletin Dozens a theme-based lists of titles, the Big Picture, a monthly in-depth look at selected new titles and trend, and Rising Star, a focus on a particular author or artist. Provides the annual Blue Ribbon winners, with an archive of past winners from 1990 to the present. The Bulletin Homepage Archive provides selections from past Bulletins from 1997-2002.
- Caldecott Medal Home Page - Site provided by the American Library Association also provides the past winners, a quick, print-out-able list of winners, and information about the Randolph Caldecott Medal.
- Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907–21) - 18 volume encyclopedia is arranged chronologically and has an Index to Authors, Index to Chapters and an Index to Bibliographies. There are chapters on children's Books by F. J. Harvey Darton and Algernon Tassin. Provided by Bartleby.com.
- Canadian Children's Book Centre - Toronto.
- Canadian Children's Illustrated Books in English - Project funded by the the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada directed by Judith Saltman, Canadian children's literature authority and professor in the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival & Information Studies. Provides useful bibliographies and links to other resources.
- Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse (CCL/LCJ)- "Bilingual refereed academic journal with the purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of the texts produced for children in Canada a range of media in English, French and other languages."
- Canadian Encyclopedia - There are articles on:
- Picture Books and Illustrations
- Barbara Reid
- Farley Mowat
- Ernest Thompson Seton
- Timothy Wynne-Jones
- Children's Literature in English
- Children's Literature in French
- Literature for Children in French
- Canadian Literature Research Service - Library and Archives Canada. Their Children's Literature Service has a Canadian Children's Literature Database, also known as PIKA, has "records for all children's books held in the National Library's Canadian Children's Literature Service Collection -- over 35 000 titles. The collection contains Canadian children's books in English, French and other languages, dating from the 19th century to the present day." Other resources include Read Up On It!, Bibliiographies, Exhibitions, and links to Authors & Illustrators.
- Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - "Collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics."
- Celebration of Women Writers - Extensive collection of links to texts and biographical material, edited by Mary Mark Ockerbloom. The collection is browsable by author name, century, country and ethnicity. (See Local Editions: Children's Books for additional titles.) Children's titles include:
- Big Fire Engine Book (1958) - By Virginia Brody, Illustrations by Mazoujian.
- Chronicles of Avonlea (1912) - By Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard (1921) - By Eleanor Farjeon
- Mopsa the Fairy (1910) - By Jean Ingelow
- Tales of the Punjab (1894) by Flora Annie Steele
- Understood Betsy (1917) - By Dorothy Canfield (Fisher)
- The Velveteen Rabbit, or, How Toys Become Real (1922) - By Margery Williams
- The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1922) - By Selma Lagerlöf
- Center for Children's Literature (Center for Børnelitteratur) - Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark. Contains one of the largest collections of children's literature in Europe. The Danmarks Pædagogiske Bibliotek has an online catalog (select Dansk Pædagogisk Base). (Try a search for tegneserier (strips, cartoons, comics), børnebibliotek, skolehistorier (school stories), manga, humor, fantasy, illustration, litteraturkritik or Peter Plys (Danish version of Winnie the Pooh). In each record Ukontrollerede emneord (DBC) and DPB-emneord provide subject headings and cross references.
- Centre National du Livre (CNL) - A search for Livre de jeunesse retrieves:
- Le Livre de jeunesse en dix grandes questions - Par Claude Combet
- Centre québécois de ressources en littérature pour la jeunesse (CQRLJ)
- Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - UK association for librarians and information managers. They have a Youth Libraries Group which publishes the Youth Library Review. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually by the Library Association for "outstanding illustration in a children's book" and the Carnegie Medal is "awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children".
- Child_Lit - Unmoderated discussion group convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism of literature for children and young adults.
- Children's Book Committee - Located at Bank Street College, the CBC assembles an annual list of recommended books. Provides names of current and past winners of the the Josette Frank Award, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Claudia Lewis Award, as well as acceptance speeches from the award ceremonies. The Best Children's Books of the Year is published annually.
- Children's Book Council (CBC) - New York.
- CBC Magazone
- Children's Book Week
- Children's Choice Book Awards
- Author Illustrator Directory
- Children's Book Guild - Washington, DC. Provides biographical material on members among whom are Mary Downing Hahn, Katherine Paterson, Jane Leslie Conly, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Laura Krauss Melmed.
- Children's Books on the Ancient World: A Selective Bibliography - Maintained by Diane Arnson Svarlien of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.
- Children's Laureate - "Awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books, to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field."
- Children's Literature Center - Library of Congress.
- Children's Literature: A Guide to the Criticism - Online edition of annotated bibliography by Linnea Hendrickson, (published by G.K. Hall/Macmillan, c1987) is searchable by keyword and includes critics, authors, titles and subjects indexes.
- Children's Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century - Online exhibit from the Historical Children's Literature Collection at Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina.
- Children's Literature Publishers: A Directory of Publishers and Vendors - AcqWeb, Vanderbilt University
- Children’s Literature Research in Germany. A Report - Hans-Heino Ewers
- Children's Literature Web Guide - Collection of children's literature resources created by David K. Brown of the University of Calgary. Particularly useful are Best Books of the Year, which includes best books lists and awards for the last four years and Children's Authors and Illustrators.
- Children's Picture Book Database - Bibliography for designing literature-based thematic units for all disciplines, including health education, for teachers, librarians, parents, and students. Created by Valerie A. Ubbes, an associate professor of health education at Miami University, the database provides abstracts for over 5,000 children's picture books. You can browse by keyword or category.
- Children's Poetry Archive - Poets reading their poems:
- Allan Ahlberg (1938-)
- James Berry (1924-) - Reading Childhood Tracks, Trick a Duppy, Seashell, Isn't my name magical?
- Valerie Bloom
- Jean "Binta" Breeze
- Robert Browning
- Charles Causley
- Gillian Clarke
- Kevin Crossley-Holland
- Roald Dahl - Reading "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
- John Heath-Stubbs
- Langston Hughes
- Kathleen Jamie
- Jackie Kay
- Brendan Kennelly
- Galway Kinnell
- Wes Magee
- Ian McMillan
- Spike Milligan
- Adrian Mitchell
- John Mole
- Edwin Morgan
- Brian Moses
- Judith Nicholls
- Brian Patten
- Andrew Fusek Peters
- Michael Rosen
- Kit Wright
- William Butler Yeats
- Children's Resource Booklists - Seattle Public Library provides useful categorized book lists including:
- Concept Books
- Doorways to African American Culture & Tradition
- Doorways to Native American Culture & Tradition
- Sensitive Issues: Bullying
- Sensitive Issues: Death
- Sensitive Issues: Divorce
- Chinaberry - Online book store for families.
- Chris Beetles Art Gallery- London Gallery has a searchable index. You'll find a number of children's book illustrators including:
- Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979)
- Quentin Blake (1932- )
- Emma Chichester Clark
- Michael Foreman (1938- )
- Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)
- Edward Lear (1812-1888)
- Atholl McDonald
- Edward McLachlan
- Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)
- Charles Robinson (1870-1937)
- Ernest Shepard (1879-1976)
- Margaret Tarrant (1888-1959)
- Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book - With full-text, illustrations, biographical information and textural history. Department of English, University of Windsor.
- Chronicles of Earthsea - Edited transcript of Ursula Le Guin's "online Q&A, in which she answered readers' questions about anarchism, utopias, Harry Potter, her favourite planets and the best Dr Who." Guardian,February 9, 2004.
- Cinderella Project - Text and image archive containing a dozen English versions of the fairy tale, ranging in date from 1729 to 1912; de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. Russell A. Peck's Cinderella Bibliography, part of the Camelot Project at the University of Rochester, is another excellent resource for collections of Cinderella narratives.
- Clearinghouse on Reading, English & Communication at Indiana University - Indiana University School of Education. Offers bibliographies on mnay topics, including children's book authors.
- Compleat Bellairs: A Compendium Dedicated to the Gothic Works of John Bellairs - Jonathan Abucejo
- Concordances of Great Books - Contains a number of children's books with complete text, searchable on one or two words, by phrase, and even includes a thesaurus search for similar words. The Children's Books section includes Aesop's Fables and works by Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter, Dickens, Barrie and Baum.
- The Connection - Dick Gordon was the host of this WBUR, Boston (NPR) show. The last broadcast was on August 5, 2005. Other WBUR shows include Here and Now and On Point. The Connection content related to chldren's literature includes:
- Children's Book Awards (12/24/2003)
- Children's Books (6/4/2001)
- Children's Book Art (12/12/2002)]
- Coming to America (Jacqueline Wilson) (2/14/2005)
- Angela Johnson's Genius (10/9/2003).
- Consumer Reports for Kids
- Cooperative Children's Book Center - Located at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Charlotte Zolotow Award "given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year." Among their Publications:
- Thick-skinned, Thin-skinned, the Skin I’m In: Books about Bullying, Teasing,
Relational Aggression and School Violence (2008) - Compiled by Tessa Michaelson
- Fifty Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know (2006)
- Natural World in Books for Children and Teenagers (2000)
- Recommended Picture Books Featuring Interracial Families (2006)
- Books for Beginning Readers (1998)
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards - With current and past winners back to 1970.
- Cotsen Children's Library - Princeton University collection is "one of the great concentrations of primary source material (20,000 items), principally in the form of illustrated books, but including prints, drawings, manuscripts, games, puzzles, hornbooks, and toys, among a great many other objects. These range from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries in a variety of languages from French and German to Farsi and Urdu." Library Research Grants funded by the Cotsen Children's Library have included:
Kristen Proeh: Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Race and the Tomboy Narrative in American Literature, 1859-1960,
Christine Jones: The 'Diverting Works' of Madame d'Aulnoy Charm the British and
Meredith A. Bak: Perception and Playthings: Optical Toys as Instruments of Science and Culture.Bibliofiles provides "one-on-one interviews with children's book authors" (Jeanne Birdsall, Joseph Delaney, Jacqueline Kelly, Wendy Mass, Kenneth Oppel, Brandon Sanderson, and Kaye Umansky). Various articles about the Cotsen Collection have appeared in the Princeton University Library Chronicle (Volume LXII, Number 1, Autumn 2000.)
- A Critical Bibliography of North American Indians, For K-12 - Compiled in September 1996, this excellent resource for teachers and librarians describes over 800 books. There are sections organized by culture area and tribe and further divided into non-fiction and fiction, biographies, and traditional stories. From the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. There are sections for the Northeast, Southwest, Northwest Coast, California, Plateau, Arctic, Plains, Great Basin, Subarctic and the Southeast.
- Crockett Johnson Homepage - This site, devoted to the author of Harold and the Purple Crayon, is maintained by Phil Nel, an Assistant Professor of English at Kansas State University.
- Curious George - Houghton Mifflin
- Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature - Compiled and indexed by Lisa R Bartle, a librarian at Ohio State University, the database contains over 3,500 records from over 49 awards. A search form enables you to search by keyword, or limit by a number of criteria including age of reader, format, setting, genre, ethnicity of protagonist, historical period, publication date, and award. Bartle is interviewed about the database on the August 7 1999 by All Things Considered.
- Definitive Laura Ingalls Wilder Pages - Jennifer Slegg
- de Grummond Children's Literature Collection - One of the top research collections in the field of children's literature located at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, the collection "holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1200 authors and illustrators, as well as 70,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present." Fairy Tale Projects consist of
Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-Killer Project (1997), the
Cinderella Project (1995), and the
Little Red Riding Hood Project (1995).
The manuscript collection includes the papers of such authors as
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,
Miska Petersham, and
Access is provided to the online catalog and you can search finding aids, pathfinders, and vertical file indexes. Doubleday Book Clubs' Best in Children's Books, 42 volumes published from 1957 to 1961, consists of a Volume List, Author Index, Illustrator Index and a Title List. Useful Bibliographies include
Resource Bibliography for the Study of African-American Children's Literature,
Cinderella Multi-Cultural Database,
Civil Rights Movement Bibliography,
Best in Children's Books Index and
Children's Literature Research Guide.
Virtual Exhibits include
Kate Greenaway Almanacs,
Neubert Valentine Collection,
Ezra Jack Keats, and
Curious George Comes to Hattiesburg.
The newsletter of the de Grummond Collection, Juvenile Miscellany, is available online from Spring 1996 and has an Index. "Each issue lists accessions of the de Grummond Collection, details activities of the Children's Book Festival, and highlights significant holdings of the Collection."
- Digital Library of Appalachia - Search for storytelling
- Digitalisierte historische Kinderbücher - German children's book digitization project. Books are listed by title and author. Among the 392 primarily German titles in the collection are a few in English:
- A book of nonsense by Edward Lear
- The Baby's Own Aesop with illustrations by Walter Crane
- Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book
- A Day in a Child's Life by Kate Greenaway
- Doucette Library of Teaching Resources - University of Calgary. Especially useful is the Children's Literature Index , which provides "K-12 literature-Based teaching ideas."
- Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons - Although not children's literature, most people are not aware of this aspect of Geisel's career. The online exhibition consists of 388 political cartoons published by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) in the newspaper PM during the years 1941-43. From the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.
- Drafts of Donald Hall's "Ox Cart Man" - University of New Hampshire
- Electronic Text Center - Literature for Young Readers - Literature for children with full-text available online from the University of Virginia's Modern English Collection. 1,800 publicly-available Ebooks from the University of Virginia Library's Etext Center, were made available in August. These texts can be read using Microsoft Reader software (free). Among the Illustrated Classics available are 13 titles by Beatrix Potter, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, and Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz.
- Elisabeth C. Miller Horticulture Library - Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington. Among the best horticultural reference libraries in the country. Information Resources: Children and Nature , published August 4, 2008, is a 57 page annotated list of fiction and non-fiction books for children. It also includes websites and resources for parents and teachers.
- Elizabeth Nesbitt Room: A Goodly Heritage - University of Pittsburgh collection includes a Chapbook Collection consisting of 258 titles.
- Encyclopedia Mythica - Encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 6100 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.
- Enid Blyton: An Unofficial Homepage - Andre Jarvis.
- ERIC: Education Resources Information Center - "ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)." A search for "children's literature" retrieves over 9,000 articles and other publications.
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Amherst, Massachusetts. You can listen to a Lynn Neary's five-minute interview with Eric Carle in which he talks about his work and the museum on National Public Radio's All Things Considered (12/6/02).
- Fairy Tales - Department of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
- Fairy Tales: A Guide to Resources on the Web
- Tales Collected by the Brothers Grimm
- Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature - Edited by Roxanne Hsu Feldman, a Middle School librarian at the Dalton School in New York. (Last Updated: August 24, 2006.)
- Family Reading Partnership - Located in Ithaca, the FRP is a "non-profit community coalition that has joined forces to create a culture of literacy. FRP coordinates a variety of programs designed to promote family reading, often by using books as gifts to carry the message." (607 274-2223)
- Federation of Children's Book Groups - Hosts the annual Children's Book Award for the best work of fiction for children in which children select the winners.
- Fractured Fairy Tales - Betsy Fraser provides a bibliography of stories that that parody the traditional fairy tale.
- From A to Z: An Exhibition of ABC Books Selected from the John O.C. McCrillis Collection - March through June 1998, Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
- La Fureur de lire - 60 second readings (lectamatons) [in French] from bookstores, schools, libraries....."On peut expliquer les raisons pour lesquelles on a choisi cet extrait... Créativité, originalité, humour sont les bienvenus, mais toujours dans le respect d'autrui." A project of Radio télévision belge de la communauté française. Selections include:
- Les royaumes du nord, Phlip Pullman
- Une princesse pour Wiglaf, K.H. McMullan
- Les chroniques de Spiderwik, Tony et Holly
- Au zoo les zozos, Jacqueline Cohen
- Les bijoux de la Castafiore, Hergé
- Gallica - Digitization project at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. A search (recherche) for Perrault, Charles (auteur) retrieves Les contes des fees and
Contes; textes etablis par Gilbert Rouger.
Other full-texts available at Gallica include:
- Contes moraux pour la jeunesse - Par Madame de Genlis
- Contes choisis des freres Grimm
- Contes choisis de la famille
- Les mille et une nuits
- Fable de La Fontaine / avec les dessins de Gustave Dore
- Apres la pluie le beau temp - Par Sophie de Ségur (1799-1874) (Mme la comtesse de Segur)
- Nouveaux contes de fées pour les petits enfants - Par Madame la Comtesse de Segur. Illustres par Gustave Dore et Jules Didier.
- Galaxy of Stories - Times Online. "Famous names from the worlds of film, TV and comedy tell memorable children’s stories and bring them to life in their own unique way."
- Alice in Wonderland - Imelda Staunton
- Aladdin - Tom Baker
- Brave Tin Soldier - Shane Ritchie
- Cinderella - Ashley Jensen
- Dick Whittington - Clive Anderson
- Emperor's Birthday Suit - Richard E Grant
- Gingerbread Man - Maureen Lipman
- Golden Goose - Harry Enfield
- Jack and the Beanstalk - Jack Davenport
- Little Match Girl - Tamzin Outhwaite
- Little Red Riding Hood - Miranda Richardson
- Princess and the Pea - Samantha Morton
- Puss in Boots - Julian Clary
- Rapunzel - Greta Scacchi
- Rumpelstiltskin - Robert Lindsay
- Sinbad - Christopher Eccleston
- Snow Queen - Joanna Lumley "reads a chilling version of The Snow Queen"
- Tinderbox - Geoffrey Palmer
- Three Little Pigs - Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
- Ugly Duckling - Sanjeev Bhaskar
- Golden Fleece - Searchable, full-text version of Padraic Colum's 1922 book includes illustrations. (From Bartleby.com.)
- Golden Owl Award (De Gouden Uil) - Belgian Golden Owl Children’s Books Prize (De Gouden Uil Prijs
van de Jonge Lezer and De Gouden Uil Jeugdliteratuurprijs). Has Archive of Past Winners
- Governor General's Literary Awards - National Library of Canada. Readers include children's authors.
- Great Books Foundation - Has information on Junior Great Books.
- Gregory Ames Collection of Children’s Railroad Literature - "Over three hundred children’s picture books from the late nineteenth century to the present day includes both fiction and non-fiction titles. Some graded readers with significant railroad-related content are also included along with railroad-produced material for children." In the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library - St. Louis Mercantile Library, University of Missouri - St. Louis.
- Grimm's Fairy Tales - 209 tales, from the OnLine Books Page. See also Brothers Grimm, Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers, Grimm Brothers' Home Page Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers and Grimm Brothers, National Geographic's presentation of 12 unvarnished tales, based on a 1914 translation.
- Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children's Literature - American Horticultural Society and the Junior Master Gardener program award for outstanding children’s gardening and nature books. With a list of 2006 Award Winners and a list of Classics representing "the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS."
- Hans Christian Andersen 2005 - Centre for Children's Literature (Center for Børnelitteratur), Copenhagen
- Hans Christian Andersen's life and works: research, texts and information - Hans Christian Andersen Center, Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. The Complete Anderson translated by Jean Hersholt "is the most comprehensive edition of Andersen's fairy tales in English (American) on the internet."
- HarperCollins Children's Books - Sections of interest include Lemony Snicket, Narnia and Meet the Author with interview archives. There is also an Authors page.
- Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History - Harvard Open Collections Program. "Online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. For Internet users worldwide, Reading provides unparalleled digital access to a significant selection of unique source materials - more than 250,000 pages from 1,200 individual items, including 800 published books and 400 manuscript selections." There is a section on Historical Textbooks. Among the full-texts are:
- The rhyming alphabet, or, Sarah Bell and Fanny Blake - Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, c1851
- London Primer - W. Darton, 1818
- The New England primer, or, An easy and pleasant guide to the art of reading - "Adorned with cuts : to which is added the Catechism." Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society[after 1836].
- The Freedman's spelling-book - Boston: American Tract Society, c1866.
- History of the horn-book by Andrew White Tuer, London, Leadenhall press; New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1896.
- Cobwebs to catch flies, or, Dialogues in short sentences - "Adapted to children from the age of three to eight years." New York: C.S. Francis ; Boston : J.H. Francis, 1851.
- A list of books selected for the use of young persons and intended also as a guide in the formation of small libraries - Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1871. The fiction section begins on the bottom of page 22.
- Story hour readers manual: the story method - by Ida Coe and Alice J. Christie, Chicago: American Book Company, 1914.
- Historical Fiction Listed by Date - Arranged chronologically by the date the story takes place. (Ben Franklin Middle School Library, Chantilly, Virginia)
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH) - "Core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Published between 1850 and 1950..." (Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.) Titles of interest include A Mother's List of Books for Children (1912) by Gertrude Weld Arnold, Children's Reading, a Guide for Parents and Teachers (1925) Lewis Madison Terman, Nursery School Education (1920) by Grace Arlington Owen and How to Tell Stories to Children (1905) by Sara Cone Bryant.
- Horn Book Magazine - Sections include:
- Horn Book Fanfare: Best Books of 2008
- Notes from the Horn Book - With archives
- Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards. With Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present
- Links to Reviews
- Read Roger - Roger Sutton's blog
- Resources - Include Recommended Books
- Institut für Jugendliteratur
- International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) - This organization presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards every other year and they also compile the biennial Honour List. With links to IBBY National Sections.
- International Book Collectors Association - With an issue on Collecting Children's Books
- International Children’s Digital Library
- International Reading Association - Provides links to councils and affiliates.
- Internet Archive Children's Library
- Internet Public Library Author Page - Provides interviews, biographies and links to other resources.
- Internet School Library Media Center - Sites of possible interest to librarians and teachers, organized and annotated by Inez Ramsey, a Professor of Library Science at James Madison University. Useful sections include Index to Children's Books Authors and Illustrators, Children's Literature Awards and Native American Authors.
- Into the Wardrobe: The C. S. Lewis Web Site - John Visser
- J.R.R. Tolkien Information Page - Eric Lippert.
- Jean de la Fontaine - Provides 124 Fables. La Cigale et la Fourmi, for example, is also translated into English (The Cicada and the Ant) and Latin (Cicada et Noctua) and you can also hear the fable being read (in French) by clicking on the postage stamp illustration. (Put online during their school vacation by Francois, Julien, Pierre et Emilie Vidaud.)
- La Joie par les livres: livres et lecture pour la jeunesse
- Kay Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page - Kay Vandergrift, a professor at the School of Communication Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey, provides a variety of useful sections including Learning about the Author and Illustrator Pages, with over 500 links to author pages, Social History of Children's Literature, Snow White, Young Adult Literature Page, and A Study of The Golem Illustrated by David Wisniewski.
- Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington D.C. Hear Judith Viorst''s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and other stories and poems for children in Storytime Online (in their Multimedia Archive).
- Kids' Corner - Features nine stories by Beatrix Potter including a Peter Rabbit audio slide show. From Wired for Books, a production of the Ohio University Telecommunications Center.
- KidsClick: Web Guide and Search Tool for Kids by Librarians - Almost 1,800 records for Internet resources of interest to kids that have been selected, annotated and categorized by a team of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System in New York.. The Literature section includes an extensive collection of Folklore links.
- KIDiddles - Provides lyrics to children's songs.
- Kinderboeken van Bibliotheek Rotterdam - Children's Books from the Rotterdam Library. There are 299 Dutch children's books in this digital collection. Geheugen van Nederland. You can read and listen to Babar in Dutch and search or browse the collection. Highlights include:
- Max en Maurits - by Wilhelm Busch, Utrecht, 1948.
- Emiel en zijn detectives - By Erich Kästner, Rotterdam, 1937.
- Kinderboeken Museum - Den Haag
- Kornei Ivanovich Chukovsky (1882-1969) - Russian educator, author, translator and writer of books for children. Also known as Korneæi Chukovskiæi and Nikolai Korneichukov. See also Alexandre Benois (1870-1960). The Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton owns a large number of his books. Titles include Barmalei, Cockroach, Crocodile, Doctor Ouch, Telephone, Wash'em clean.
- Diary, 1901-1969 - Kornei Chukovsky, edited by Victor Erlich, translated by Michael Henry Heim. Published by Yale University Press, c2005. Portions are available in Google Books.
- Lambiek's History of Dutch Comics
- LANIC: Primary & Secondary Education in Latin America - Latin American Network Information Center has a number of links to children's literature in Spanish or Portuguese.
- Leonard Everett Fisher Papers: The Non-Fiction Book Series - A Resource Guide for Educators - Frances A. Miceli, Archives & Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut . With lesson plans.
- Letterkundig Museum - Has a large children's book collection. Search for kinderboeken, Jeugdliteratuur, Illustraties, Kinderboekillustraties, boekillustraties
- Lewis Carroll Centenary Exhibition - Exhibition at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.
- Lewis Carroll Society of North America - Includes biographical information, a Centenary Exhibit, and links to Carroll Texts On-line.
- Lexile Framework for Reading - See What Does the Lexile Measure Mean?
- Library of Congress Digital Collections - See the entire text of
Stories from Hans Andersen with illustrations by Edmund Dulac, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1911 and
The song of sixpence picture book with illustrations by Walter Crane, London & New York, 1909. Others online titles in the Juvenile Collection include
The cheerful cricket and others (1907),
A Little pretty pocket-book (1787),
London Town (1883),
Jimmy Crow (1902),
Gobolinks, or shadow-pictures for young and old (1896), and
William Tell Told Again (1904).
- Library of Congress Online Catalog - To locate children's books do a guided search for Juvenile literature as a subject.
- Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Full-text from 1997 to 2001 (ceased publication in July/August 2001). Articles relating to children's literature including A Child's Garden of Books, July 1998,
Young at Heart: A Celebration of Remy Charlip, June, 1997, and Building a Nation of Readers, March, 1998.
- Library of Congress Webcasts - Childrens' book authors and illustrators include:
- M. T. Anderson - 2007 National Book Festival, 29 September 2007
- Stan & Jan Berenstain - Part 1 and Part 2), 4 October 2003
- Holly Black - 2007 National Book Festival, 1 August 2007 (podcast - 20 minutes)
- Holly Black - 9 October 2004
- Norman Bridwell - 12 October 2002
- Marc Brown -9 October 2004
- Ashley Bryan - 12 October 2002
- Meg Cabot - 24 September 2005
- Eric Carle - 12 October 2002
- Andrew Clements - 30 September 2006
- Lucille Clifton - 17 March 1988
- Esme Raji Codell - 4 October 2003
- Judith Ortiz Cofer - 30 September 2006
- Bryan Collier - 30 September 2006
- Floyd Cooper - 9 October 2004
- Sharon Creech - 24 September 2005
- Tony DiTerlizzi - 30 September 2006
- Sharon Draper - 30 September 2006
- Russell Freedman - 8 September 2001
- Jack Gantos - 24 September 2005
- Patricia Reilly Giff - 24 September 2005
- Steven Kellogg - 4 October 2003
- Hilary Knight - 24 September 2005
- Kathleen Krull - 9 October 2004
- Betsy Lewin - 9 October 2004
- Betsy Lewin - 30 September 2006
- Patricia MacLachlan - 2007 National Book Festival,, 14 August 2007 (podcast - 18 minutes)
- David Macaulay - 9 October 2004
- Megan McDonald - 2007 National Book Festival, 3 August 2007 (podcast - 26 minutes)
- Patricia & Frederick McKissack - 8 September 2001
- Stephenie Meyer - 30 September 2006
- Wendell Minor - 4 October 2003
- Pat Mora - 24 September 2005
- Shelia Moses - 30 September 2006
- Christopher Myers - 4 October 2003
- Walter Dean Myers - 24 September 2005
- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - 24 September 2005
- Kadir Nelson - 30 September 2006
- Laura Numeroff: - 24 September 2005
- Mary Pope Osborne - 26 September 2005
- Katherine Paterson - 8 September 2001
- Richard Peck - 30 September 2006
- Pinkney Family (Part 1 and Part 2), 12 October 2002
- Jerry Pinkney - 17 February 2004
- Jerry Pinkney - 24 September 2005
- Sharon Robinson - 30 September 2006
- Eric Rohmann - 4 October 2003
- Louis Sachar - 30 September 2006
- Allen Say - 12 October 2002
- Cynthia Leitich Smith - 12 October 2002
- Jerry & Eileen Spinelli - 4 October 2003
- R. L. Stine - 24 September 2005
- Mark Teague - 30 September 2006
- Terry Trueman - 30 September 2006
- Judith Viorst - 30 September 2006
- Rosemary Wells - 2007 National Book Festival,, 30 August 2007 (podcast - 28 minutes)
- Rosemary Wells - 12 October 2002
- David Wiesner - 2007 National Book Festival, 25 July 2007 (podcast - 25 minutes)
- David Wiesner - 12 October 2002
- Janet Wong - 4 October 2003
- Ed Young - 12 October 2002
- Lilly Library Chapbook Collection - Searchable collection of "1,900 chapbooks from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the United States." Provides bibliography (Indiana University, Bloomington)
- Literature for Children - Searchable collection of nearly 400 full-texts English and American children's books, from 1850 to 1905. A publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM), State University System of Florida.
- Little More Montgomery: Lucy Maud Montgomery in Ontario - Yuka Kajihara.
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott - University of Virginia "hypermedia presentation" includes electronic version of text, biographical information, chapter summaries, and bibliography.
- L. M. Montgomery Institute - University of Prince Edward Island
- LM_NET - Discussion group for school library media specialists worldwide
- Lucy Truman Aldrich Collection of Rare Illustrated Children's Books - John Hay Library, Brown University. ("To see all 380 records enter a search for the name heading "Aldrich Collection (Brown University)" in the Brown University Library catalog.")
- Magic Pencil – Children’s Book Illustration Today - British Library Exhibition included thirteen children's book artists: Angela Barrett, Patrick Benson, Stephen Biesty, Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, John Burningham, Lauren Child, Emma Chichester Clark, Sara Fanelli, Michael Foreman, Tony Ross, Posy Simmonds and Charlotte Voake.
- Making of America - Digital library of primary sources in contains over 8,000 books and journal volumes with imprints between 1850 and 1877. Joint project of the University of Michigan and Cornell. You can browse periodical titles at Cornell and Michigan. In it, for example, is the four volume Riverside magazine for young people (1868-70).
- Les Manuels scolaires québécois - Searchable database of over 7,000 Québec school books from 1765 to 1964. Includes illustrations par thème, texts and history. Maintained by Paul Aubin, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. (In French). Also available in pdf format. (In French.)
- Marguerite deAngeli Collection - Lapeer County Library, Michigan. Three of the Ted and Nina Story Books are available online.
- Martha's Kidlit Newsletter - Specialty publication for dealers and collectors out-of-print children's books edited by Martha Rasmussen.
- Maurice Sendak: Helping Children Survive - Named by President Clinton as 1996 National Medal of Arts recipient. (See also Hamida Bosmajian's Memory and Desire in the Landscapes of Sendak's Dear Mili).
- Maxine Waldron Collection of Children's Books and Paper Toys - Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts & Printed Ephemera, Winterthur Library.
- Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature - Young Adult Library Services Association
- Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch
- MIT World - "Distributed Intelligence." "Free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT." The index contains more than 625 videos." You can browse the videos. Relevant items include:
- Celebrating James Marshall and Humor in Children’s Books - Susan Meddaugh, David Wiesner, Anita Silvey, Susan Moynihan, and Roger Sutton, Moderator, November 18, 2008 (1:14:15)
- The Writing of Fantasy - Gregory Maguire and Susan Cooper, moderated by Roger Sutton, November 14, 2007 (1:31:01)
- The Way David Macaulay Works: Finding Ideas, Making Books and Visualizing Our World - David Macaulay, April 1, 2008 [1:23:22]
- Maurice Sendak: Descent into Limbo, April 5, 2003 (1:29:47)
- Morgan Library - Originally the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, this New York library and museum has an outstanding collection of early children's books. Access is provided to the online catalog. A search (name browse) for Carroll, Lewis, for example, retrieves 140 results. Exhibitions relating to children's literature include
- Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors - September 19, 2008, through January 4, 2009. Histoire de Babar Maquette has 26 digital facsimiles.
- Movable Book Society
- National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature - Abilene, Texas
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) - They select the Notable Trade Books for Young People and the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States.
- National Council of Teachers of English - With the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.
- National Library of Canada Canadian Children's Literature Service - Among the resources for children's literature are links to Canadian Children's Literature: Authors & Illustrators, Canadian Children's Literature: Award-Winning Books 1992 to the present and the annual annotated bibliography for the Read Up On It program.
- National Portrait Gallery - London. Has a Picture Library Search with information on approximately 10,000 works in which you can search for artist, sitter of by title or by NPG number. (In Advanced Search you can restrict your search to images available on web site and you can search by NPG number.) There are over 100 children's authors with online portrarits (paintings and photographs) including:
- Quentin Saxby Blake (NPG x125005)
- Roald Dahl (1916-1990)
- Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (NPG P726)
- Charles Kingsley (NPG 2525)
- Rudyard Kipling (NPG 1863)
- Charles Lamb (NPG 507)
- Edward Lear (1812-1888)
- George Macdonald (1824-1905)
- Alan Alexander ('A.A.') Milne (1882-1956)
- Clive Staples ('C.S.') Lewis (1898-1963)
- Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis) (1866-1943) (NPG 3635)
- Philip Pullman (1946-)
- Arthur Michell Ransome (1884-1967)
- Joanne Kathleen ('J.K.') Rowling (1965-)
- Robert Louis Stevenson (NPG 1028)
- Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914)
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)
- National Public Radio - Good source for audio files of author interviews. A search for children's books, for example, retrieves over 100 results. There is a Children's Books section.
There are archived interviews for such children's book authors as
Avi (All Things Considered 7/12/98),
Judy Blume (Talk of the Nation 12/24/98),
Eric Carle (All Things Considered 12/6/02),
Beverly Cleary (All Things Considered 8/16/99),
Christopher Paul Curtis (Fresh Air 1/26/00),
Christopher Paul Curtis (Weekend Edition/Sunday 2/6/00),
Tom Davenport (Morning Edition 6/29/98),
Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket (Fresh Air 12/10/01),
David Macaulay (All Things Considered - 12/25/99),
Gary Paulson (Fresh Air 3/8/02),
J.K. Rowling (All Things Considered 12/03/98),
J.K. Rowling (Morning Edition 10/27/00),
Allen Say (Weekend Edition - Sunday 8/4/02),
Chris Van Allsburg (Weekend Edition 11/17/02).
There are also obituaries for
Barbara Cooney (All Things Considered 3/17/00),
Astrid Lindgren (All Things Considered 1/28/02),
Kay Thompson(All Things Considered 7/7/98),
Shel Silverstein (Weekend Edition - Saturday, May 15, 1999),
Virginia Hamilton (Tavis Smiley Show 3/18/02). (Talk of the Nation 5/11/99).
- Books and Reading - New York Public Library
- 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
- Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
- Authors and Illustrators
- [Books for] Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
- [Books for] Asian-Pacific American History Month (May)
- [Books for] African American American History Month (February)
- [Books for] Women's History Month History Month (March)
- New York Times Book Review - There is a special Children's Books issue and a list of Children's Book Reviews from January 1997 to November 18 2001, arranged alphabetically by author. Also provides access to Back Issues of the NYTBR from January 5, 1997 to April 21, 2002 and to a Children's Books Best Sellers. Audio resources include Readings from 'The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury' Recorded at The Central Park Zoo, September 15, 1998 and Life & Times of E. B. White.(Free registration.) Other newspapers with occasional reviews of children's books include the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Boston Book Review, Boston Globe, London Review of Books, the London Times, Toronto Globe & Mail and USA Today.
- New Yorker - Articles about children's literature include:
- Arts & Letters: Freeing the Elephants: What Babar brought - By Adam Gopnik, September 22, 2008. See Elephant in the Room [audio, 11:30 minutes] and Slideshow. See also Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors - September 19, 2008, through January 4, 2009. Histoire de Babar Maquette has 26 digital facsimiles.
- Lives and Letters: The Lion and the Mouse: The battle that reshaped children's literature by Jill Lepore, New Yorker Magazine, July 21, 2008.
- Life and Letters. Far From Narnia: Philip Pullman’s secular fantasy for children by Laura Miller, New Yorker, December 26, 2005. "Strictly speaking, the three novels that make up “His Dark Materials”—“The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” and “The Amber Spyglass”—are children’s books, but their ideal reader is a precocious fifteen-year-old who long ago came to find the Harry Potter books intellectually thin. It’s possible that as many adults now read the trilogy as do children. Robert McCrum, the literary editor of the Observer of London, has celebrated Pullman’s “well-made, absorbing characters,” “supreme elegance of style and tone,” and dexterous handling of “very big ideas.” “The Amber Spyglass” won the 2001 Whitbread Prize for best children’s book, then went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award, too—the first children’s book to do so."
- The Candy Man: Why children love Roald Dahl's stories—and many adults don't - By Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, July 11, 2005. "Dahl is also, however, a children's writer whom many adults over the years have disliked or distrusted, though they have not always found it easy to say why."
- Newbery Medal Home Page - American Library Association. With a Quick, Print-out-able List of All Newbery Medal Winners, 1922-2002 and a more detailed Past Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books.
- 19th-Century German Stories - Robert Godwin-Jones, Department of Foreign Languages, Virginia Commonwealth University, provides the illustrated German originals (with English translations). There is a Story Index. Samples include
Max und Moritz, and
Der Froschkönig (The Frog King). There is a section devoted to Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers. Rumpelstilzchen and Aschenputtel (Cinderella) have audio files.)
- Nineteenth-Century American Children & What They Read - Created by Pat Pflieger, an English professor at a state college in Pennsylvania.
- 19th Century Girls' Series - Deidre Johnson provides biographies and bibliographies of 14 authors of girls' series.
- 19th Century Schoolbooks - Full-text collection of 30 books, a project of the Digital Research Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.
- Online Books Page - Alphabetical list, by author, of full-texts available online. Authors include Alger, Bannerman, Baum, Burnett, Caldecott, Carroll, Dodge, Field, Grahame, Greenaway, Gruelle, Hawthorne, Irving, Kipling, Lamb, Lang, Lear, London, Longfellow, MacDonald, Nesbit, Optic, Poe, Potter, Rackham, Service, Stevenson, Stratton-Porter, Tarkington, Twain, Verne, Wells, Wiggin, and Wyss.
- Only the Best for My Child: A Bibliography Of Children's Picture Books Featuring Powerful, Positive Female Characters - Compiled by MaryHelen Lewis, Seattle, Washington in 1996.
- Open Library
- Tailor of Gloucester (1903) - by Beatrix Potter
- Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904) - by Beatrix Potter
- Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906) - by Beatrix Potter
- Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903) - by Beatrix Potter
- Tale of Tom Kitten (1907) - by Beatrix Potter
- Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books - Toronto Public Library
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 - Cooperative project between the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council.
- Oyate - "Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us ... Our work includes evaluation of texts, resource materials and fiction by and about Native peoples; conducting of teacher workshops, in which participants learn to evaluate children's material for anti-Indian biases; administration of a small resource center and library; and distribution of children's, young adult, and teacher books and materials, with an emphasis on writing and illustration by Native people." There is an online catalog which organizes the books by grade level and provides short summaries and a list of Books to Avoid.
- Parkman Dexter Howe Library - George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesvile. "Comprised of thousands of books and manuscripts by New England authors and contains many early New England books. Parkman Dexter Howe began collecting New England literature after the death of his father, Henry S. Howe, who had begun building the Howe Library. In 1980, following Parkman Dexter Howe's death, the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida Libraries acquired the collection."
There is a fully-digitized ten volume catalog of the collection, edited by Sidney Ives, University of Florida, 1983-1994. Of particular interest is Part X - Henry Adams, Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott by Roger E. Stoddard; Harriet Prescott Spofford by Ruth Mortimer; Harriet Beecher Stowe by Michael Winship; and Parkman Howe Authors in Florida by Sidney Ives (1994). See also Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature which has a Digital Collection
- PBS TeacherSource: Recommended Books - For the following categories:
Arts & Literature,
Health & Fitness,
Science & Technology and
- Page by Page: Creating a Children's Book - National Library of Canada site describes the making of Zoom Upstream by Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrated by Eric Beddows (Ken Nutt).
- Peter Rabbit Web Site - F. Warne's "official and definitive site about the world of Beatrix Potter."
- Peoples Archive
- Quentin Blake
- Picture books from 1810 to 1950 - "Six hundred and fifty Dutch picture books, dating to the period 1810 - 1950, are brought together in this collection, which runs the gamut from Robinson Crusoe to Tielse Flipje (a cartoon mascot on 'De Betuwe' jam pot labels) and from old nursery rhymes to fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm..." You can browse or search the collection (Charles Perrault, Reclame-uitgaven, Wilhelm Carl Grimm, Jacob Grimm etc.)
- Roodkapje / Agatha (1893) - Brothers Grimm
- Sneeuwwitje (1906) - Brothers Grimm, G. van der Hoeven and W.C. Drupsteen
- Pierrot (1907) By J. Schenkman; teekeningen van Louis Raemaekers.
- De geschiedenis van Gulzigen Tobias (1910) by D.A. Bueno de Mesquita
- Groen groen grasje (1923) - llustraties van Nelly Bodenheim
- De wonderlijke avonturen van Jaap Kalebas (1927) by André Vlaanderen.
- Van Bibi en Dot (1929) - By T. Hellinga-Zwart and Sijtje Aafjes.
- Naar de Noordpool (1930)
- Kom binnen in het huis (1943) by El Pintor.
- De kleine wildebras (1943) - By Th. Storm, Elze Wenz-Viëtor and Magda Stomps.
- Het cadeau van Klaas Vaak (1950) by F.W.W. Simon.
- Picturing A Canadian Life: L.M. Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers - Online exhibition curated by Dr. Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI.
- Picturing Childhood: Illustrated Children's Books from University of California Collections, 1550-1990 - Online version of the catalog produced to accompany an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 16 through June 29, 1997.
- Pop Goes the Page: Movable and Mechanical Books from the Brenda Forman Collection - Exhibition at the Special Collections Department of the University of Virginia Library is organized by artist, genre, space, format and series:
- Lothar Meggendorfer
- Ernest Nister
- Voitech Kubasta
- Pop Up
- Rivet Books
- Slats, Tabs, Cards
- Dean and Son
- Blue Ribbon Pleasure Books
- Jolly Jump Ups
- Pop-Up World of Ann Montanaro - Exhibition of pop-up books at Rutgers University.
- Vojtech Kubasta POP-UPS And Other Illustrated Books, Ephemera, and Graphic Designs of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)
- Project Gutenberg - Michael Hart's huge undertaking to digitize public domain texts is searchable by author, title, subject and notes. Children's authors include Aesop, Louisa May Alcott, Horatio Alger, Victor Appleton, pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, Mary Mapes Dodge, Kenneth Grahame, Laura Lee Hope, Washington Irving, Charles Kingsley, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Lamb, Andrew Lang, Edward Lear, Hugh Lofting, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edith Nesbit, Oliver Optic, Eleanor H. Porter, Beatrix Potter, Howard Pyle, Anna Sewell, Johanna Spyri, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gene Stratton-Porter, Sir John Tenniel, Mark Twain, and Kate Smith Wiggin. (Alternate Access to Project Gutenberg). Try using the OnLine Books Page to locate books in Project Gutenberg (by author and title).
- Projekt Digitalisierung farbiger Kinder- und Jugendbücher des 19. Jahrhunderts - Digitization of 19th century children's titles owned by Universitaetsbibliothek Oldenburg. There are Title and Author indices. Most of the texts are German but there are a number of English books with illustrations by Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway. You can access the full-text of Edmund Dulac's Fairy-book (see p.29 Seven Conquerors of the Queen of the Mississippi). To access the full-text, click on Öffnen on the bottom right of the screen and then click on the right arrow (Blättern) to turn pages.
- Publishers Weekly
- Children's Book Reviews
- Children's Book Shelf (News)
- Children's Bestsellers
- 2008 Cuffies - "Children's booksellers choose their favorite (and not so favorite) books of the year."
- Pura Belpré Award - ALA award "presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."
- Purple Crayon: A Children's Book Editor's Site - Harold Underdown
- Random House Kids
- Bibliography of Children's Literature Criticism - Perry Nodelman
- Reading Rainbow
- Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists - Compiled by Young Adult librarian Jennifer Hubert.
- Recent Studies in 18th-Century Children's Literature - James E. May. "Revised and updated version of the "Bibliography of Studies on Early Children's Books" originally printed in the May 1999 issue of The East-Central Intelligencer."
- Renier Collection at the National Art Library - Largest special collection of children's literature in the U.K. given by Anne and Fernand Renier to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1970.
- La Revue des Livres pour Enfants - "La Revue des Livres pour Enfants publie bimestriellement un panorama critique des nouveautés de l'édition, des informations, interviews, échos, articles et dossiers thématiques sur le livre et la lecture des jeunes."
- Robert J. Lang Origami
- Rosenbach Museum & Library - Philadelphia. Has a Maurice Sendak Gallery. You can search for manuscripts and objects in the online database. (Try a search for Tenniel)
- Royal Academy of Arts - You can search the catalogue. Some examples from the collection:
- A Hunting Family, The Graphic,Christmas Number, London 1878 - After Randolph Caldecott 1846 - 1886
- Royal Society - UK's national academy of science, they manage the Aventis Prizes for Science Books which "celebrate the very best in popular science writing for adults and children."
- School Library Journal
- Science Fiction and Fantasy for Children: an annotated bibliography for educators - Searchable database of over 400 science fiction and fantasy titles compiled by Linda Day, a librarian at the University of Guelph Library.
- Seussville! - Random House
- Smithsonian Magazine - Site is searchable and offers a list of issues from January 1995 to the Present. Examples of articles related to children's literature include:
- Once Upon a Time - March 2003
- Notable Books for Children - December 2002
- Notable Books for Children - November 2001
- The Amazing Author of Oz - June 2000
- Notable Books for Children - November 2000
- Notable Books for Children - November 1999
- Notable Books for Children - November 1998
- Notable Books for Children - November 1997
- Notable Books for Children - November 1996
- Notable Books for Children - November 1995
- The Amazing Author of Oz - June 2000
- The Man Who Dreamed Up Madeline - July 1998
- The Man Who Draws Dinosaurs All Day - May 1995
- South Asian Children's Books - SAWNET (South Asian Women's Network)
- Stories from the Web - Browse library of online stories for readers aged 8 to 11 or 11 to 14 by title or by type. (A Reader Development Programme managed by Birmingham (UK) Libraries.)
- Storynory: Free Audio Stories - Founded by Matthew Lynn and Hugh Fraser, the stories are read by Natasha Gostwick. The Archives contain over 100 stories for children which can be listened to on your computer, transferred to an iPod, or burned to a CD. See For bedtime stories, just press play by Ying Wu, Wall Street Journal, June 16-17, 2007.
- Stratemeyer Syndicate Records - New York Public Library provides information on Edward Stratemeyer and his popular series of children's books (Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Rover Boys).
- Studio 360 - "PRI's Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen" from WNYC is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts." With Archives.
- Stingy Brims and a Beaded Bunny - December 14, 2007 interview with writer and illustrator Maira Kalman (11:43).
- Sunday School Books: Shaping the Values of Youth in Nineteenth-Century America - 163 Sunday school books published in America between 1815 and 1865, drawn from the collections of Michigan State University Libraries and the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University Libraries. (American Memory, Library of Congress.)
- SurLaLune Fairy Tales - Librarian and researcher Heidi Anne Heiner has collected, annotated and enhanced 17 fairy tales. Cinderella, for example, has illustrations, history, similar tales from other cultures, modern intrepretations, annotations and a bibliography.
- Sydney Taylor Book Award - Association of Jewish Libraries
- Tales of Wonder: Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World - Richard Darsie
- Teen Book Video Awards - 2006 winners: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and How I live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Teen Hoopla: An Internet Guide for Teens - YA book reviews. (Young Adult Library Services Association.)
- Texas Bluebonnet Award - Established in 1979 by the Texas Library Association "to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite books."
- Tolkien Archives
- Tolkien Society
- Trelease on Reading - Offers a complete guide to Jim Trelease's work and is aimed at parents, teachers, librarians, and college students.
- Treasure Island - Information about Robert Louis Stevenson, the characters of the book, tropical islands, pirates, buried treasure; Steve Hill and Sarah Ormes, UKOLN
- True Mother Goose - Songs for the Nursery, Or, Mother Goose's Melodies for Children (1895) - Full-text with illustrations. Notes and Pictures by Blanche McManus, Boston: Lamson, Wolffe. (Jeff Kelley, Kellscraft Studio.)
- Two Roman Mice - Marilynne Roach's retelling of Horace's famous story of the town mouse and the country mouse. (American Academy in Rome.)
- 221B Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective - Michael Sherman provides links to the full-text of 48 of the 60 stories.
- UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance
- University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections - Internationally recognized center of research in the field of children's literature at the University of Minnesota, the collection contains manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs, for over 7,000 children's books. Provides web-based access to online catalog. There are five special collections: the Kerlan Collection, one of the world's great children's literature research collections of books, original manuscripts and illustrations; the Hess Collection, George H. Hess Jr.'s collection of dime novels and other popular literature; the Paul Bunyan Collection, a collection of folklore or fakelore on the legendary logger; and the Oz Collection of Oziana, other Baum-related materials, and miscellaneous children's literature and the Treasure Island Illustrated Editions Collection, morethan 450 books collected and donated by Lionel Johnson. Some of the authors in the Kerlan Collection collection include Dahlov Ipcar, Wanda Gag, and Eleanor Cameron. See the Online Finding Aids for the Children's Literature Research Collections.
- Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig - Kinderbücher - Digitized texts of children's books, including many in English. Some of the authors and illustrators in the collection include Hans Christian Andersen, Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott. Of special interest is the Meggendorfer-Album, a 107 page album with original drawings and sketches by the German illustrator Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925).
- Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) - "Implemented and hosted by OCLC, is joint project of several national libraries plus selected regional and trans-national library agencies. The project's goal is to lower the cost and increase the utility of library authority files by matching and linking widely-used authority files and making that information available on the Web."
- W. Harrison Cady Papers in the Archives of American Art - Illustrator of Thornton W. Burgess children's stories.
- WGBH Forum Network - "Audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders." Children's literature-related items:
- Role of Fantasy in Children's Lives - Susan Cooper, November 15, 2007.
- Chronicles of Narnian: C.S. Lewis and the Culture Wars - Alan Jacobs, January 18, 2006.
- Creative Voice In Children's Literature - Katherine Paterson, November 18, 2004.
- Picture Books: A Lecture for Children - Barbara McClintock, October 4, 2003.
- Wind in the Willow Series - "This 1977 reading of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows is from the Spider's Web radio series, one of WGBH's earliest productions aimed at promoting literacy. The Spider's Web debuted on WGBH 89.7FM in 1970." Read by Frances and Joseph Shrand.
- Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale - Library of Congress exhibition.
- Women Children's Book Illustrators - Denise Ortakales
- World of the Child: Two Hundred Years of Children's Books - Online exhibition, curated by Iris R. Snyder, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library (February 17 - June 12, 1998). Includes books for children from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries including early primers and chapbooks, illustrated classics, and pop-up and movable books.
- Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 - Collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography which attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. Project of the Indiana University Digital Library Program. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (2,109 unedited, 778 fully edited and encoded) by 1,394 authors. You can search the full-text. Wright "listed a total of 2,923 titles in adult fiction, including "novels, novelettes, romances, short stories, tall tales, tract-like tales, allegories, and fictitious biographies and travels, in prose" (from the introduction), and inventoried 18 American libraries for holdings. This compilation is part of his three-volume set listing American fiction from 1774 through 1900, and is still considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries." Contains a number of texts by authors who also wrote children's stories: Thomas Bailey Aldrich,
- Yahoo! - Children's Literature - Provides links to Authors and Book Awards.
- YALSA Home Page - Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the ALA. With Best Books lists.
- Yesterday and Today: Children's Books of the Early Soviet Era - Virtual exhibition curated by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division, McGill University Libraries (part of the Digital Collections Program).
- Young Adult Librarian's Help
- ZYX Exhibit - An exhibition of selected ABC books from the Jean Trebbi Collection, Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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