Illustration of a mouse in a suit coat, holding a top hat and a walking cane, with a cityscape in the background

Illustration by Tom Pohrt from The Wishing Bone and Other Poems (2003) by Stephen Mitchell

Children’s Literature Collection

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

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

The stories that a society tells its children reveal a great deal 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.

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

Areas of strength in the U-M Special Collections Research Center’s Children’s Literature Collection include: 


The U-M Library also has a large circulating collection of children’s literature, which is housed on 3rd Floor South of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

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Last modified: 12/02/2019