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The Children's Literature Center is a part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Digitized Children's Literature

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Blog Posts About Rare Children's Books

ABCs Through the Centuries

More Blog Posts About Children's Books


Exhibitions


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.

 


Cover of Lothar Meggendorfer's diorama book, Im Stadtpark, Munich, 1887.

 


The Ethel and Ira Levine Maurice Sendak Collection

 


The Smallest Book in the World, Old King Cole

Location:
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 129
Washington, DC 20540-4620
Telephone: (202) 707-5535
Map showing location

Hours:
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.

Little frog and pretty mouse.
Interview with the Children's Literature Center Chief


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The Brownie's Book, (1920-1921)

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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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