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Hello all!
I was wondering if anyone here knew of good academic resources that discuss the history of children's literature (and just how far back that literary tradition goes). I wanted to find some excellent sites to dive into, so I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have!

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#1 - April 10, 2021, 03:22 AM

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Toronto has the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books. And I know you can get an old list of their found works in New York:

Or you could try and contact the library directly:

#2 - April 10, 2021, 10:16 AM

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Leonard Marcus is a noted historian in the industry. You could search for his work.

And here's another collection:
#3 - April 10, 2021, 06:46 PM
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There is a wonderful old book, The Child and His Book: Some Account of the History and Progress of Children's Literature in England by Mrs. E.M. Field (Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., London, 1891). It's available to download in several formats at Archive.

Another interesting older book is The History of Children's Literature: A Syllabus with Selected Bibliographies by Elva S. Smith (American Library Association, Chicago, 1937). As the subtitle says, it is a collection of syllabi (based on time period, e.g., Anglo-Saxon down through American children's literature to the mid-19th century). These syllabi were developed at the Carnegie Library School (I think).  Each chapter has an extensive bibliography.

It cannot be downloaded, but you can borrow it at Archive.

Finally, The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature Carpenter and Prichard (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995, 1984) is an excellent general reference work.
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