Artwork by Bernhard August "Hardie" Gramatky, Jr.

Children’s Literature Collection

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of primarily British and American children’s literature and archival materials from the late 18th century to the present

There may be a time to put away childish things, but U-M librarians are delighted that our children’s literature collection continues to be well used by students and scholars.

The stories that a society tells its children say a lot about what the culture values, and about its conception of childhood — and adulthood, for that matter. Moreover, many works of children’s literature are also important as works of art and design, and well as reflections of historical trends and the impacts of new technologies.

"The collection complements a variety of disciplines and supports research and coursework in literature, information science, and art and design — among others,” says emeritus curator William Gosling, who led the U-M Library from 1997 to 2005. 

The U-M Library’s Children’s Literature Collection is known for strengths that include:

  • Michigan authors and illustrators
  • Midwest publishers, especially in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Newbery and Caldecott medal winners
  • works by 19th century British author George Alfred “G.A.” Henty
  • the “Disneyfication” of classic tales
  • archives and/or artwork of authors and illustrators including Joan Blos, Nancy Willard, Tom Pohrt, Rod Ruth, Richard Andrew Parker, Ed Emberley, Hardie Gramatky, Alice Provensen and Gijsbert van Frankenhuysen

“By focusing on these key areas, large parts of the collection represent rare or unique holdings for such a young collection," says Gosling.

The U-M Library also has a large circulating collection of children’s literature, which is housed at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

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