Children’s Literature Collection

The children's literature collection gathers together children's and young adult literature to support the curriculum of the University of Michigan's School of Education, Residential College, and School of Information. This collection provides researchers access to circulating children’s books that can supplement and enrich education plans and classroom teaching experiences. Because its primary purpose is to support the university curriculum, this collection will not contain all published titles of cultural or historical significance.

The materials include, but are not limited to: picture books, young adult literature, classics, wordless picture books, early readers, folk literature, fairy tales, mythology, modern fantasy, poetry, plays, fiction, and nonfiction. 

Special consideration is given to the inclusion of award-winning books and authors, as well as books written about Michigan or local Ann Arbor culture, or by Michigan authors and illustrators. Books requested by professors for course use are included. 

Important related collections 

The Special Collections Research Center has several children’s literature-focused collections including the Lee Walp Family Juvenile Book Collection and the Lucius Lee Hubbard Imaginary Voyages Collection.

"Spring Time" from The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams Bianco.


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Learning Librarian, Children's Literature Librarian


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