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Children's Literature and Culture: Digitized Primary Sources

Guide to the Cotsen Children's Library, Special Collections
An alphabet of fairy tales
Look for the letters: a hide-and-seek alphabet
Grandmamma Easy's Illuminated scriptural alphabet

Library resources

Databases of digitized books and periodicals (find more full-text databases by subject):

Online full-text or images
Institution Collection Contents Chronological scope Language Size
Center for Research Libraries Chinese Pamphlets 連環畫 mass education materials published in Hong Kong and in Mainland China, particularly Shanghai 1947-1954 Chinese 200
Children's Books Online The Rosetta Project illustrated books pre-1920s English and European, with translations into multiple languages 500
Free Library of Philadelphia Children's literature archive manuscripts, sketches and preliminary art, book dummies, color separations, and final artwork historical and contemporary English 1,700
Internet Archive Children's Library from the holdings of multiple libraries 18th century - 1920s (bulk) English, European, and other languages 3,300
Library of Congress Children's Book Selections works by renowned illustrators 1770-1920 English 70
Project Gutenberg Children's Bookshelf classical children's literature pre-1920s English, European, and more  
University of Florida Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature children's books 18th century - 1920s (bulk) English, European 6,100
University of Maryland International Children's Digital Library children's books 16th century - contemporary 50+ different languages 4,600
University of Pittsburgh 19th Century Schoolbooks school textbooks 19th century English 130
Wayne State University Eloise Ramsey Collection of Literature for Young People children's books 18th century - 1920s English, European 650

Portals to digitized texts and images

See also LibGuides > Online Reference Shelf > Online Texts

Image source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by W.H. Walker. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1923. (Unnumbered plate) Digitalized by the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, University of Florida.

Online exhibitions