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Books We Loved as Kids: Abiyoyo 

I would venture to guess that I am not the only person in the library at this very moment who was an avid Reading Rainbow watcher as a child.  One of the books highlighted on the show was Pete Seeger's Abiyoyo, a story he created for his own children and a favorite of mine in …

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Books We Loved As Kids: The Velveteen Rabbit 

I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where my brother got married to his high school sweetheart after dating for almost a decade.  One of the highlights of their very unique and lovely ceremony was a reading of an excerpt of Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit.  My sister, a mother of two young children …

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Historic Juvenile Collection: Victorian Children’s Literature 

One of my favorite descriptions of Victorian times is expressed through The Kinks' album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) It’s not that Dickens, or the Bronte sisters don't do a good job, but it takes them hundreds of pages to say what Ray Davies said in 16 words. ”Long ago …

Posted 101 months ago by

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Historic Juvenile Collection: Fairy Tales 

Magic spells, glass slippers, talking animals and feisty ogres…this is the stuff many fairy tales are made of. Surprisingly, perhaps, to some of us, fairy tales weren’t always popular and weren’t always for children. Some of my former blog posts have illustrated examples of “appropriate” books for children in the 1600 and 1700s - mostly …

Posted 102 months ago by

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Nonsense Poetry: Edward Lear’s contribution to Historical Children’s Literature 

Nonsense Poetry This post, intended to delight and entertain, will focus on nonsense poetry, mostly the limericks of Edward Lear. Lear was a British poet well known for his humorous poems, such as The Owl and the Pussycat, and as the creator of the form and meter of the modern limerick. Nonsense poetry is a …

Posted 103 months ago by

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

Seasons Greetings! Below find a quick list of some great holiday reads. I’m sure many of these are familiar, so I’ve included additional information to present some of these classics in a new light.  Here’s to hoping you find some time after finals to enjoy them, and many other holiday indulgences here in New York …

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Good Advice from the Howland family 

My most recent journey through TC’s collection of historic children's  literature has led me to the early 1850’s, Worcester, Massachusetts. Good Advice for Boys and Girls was published by Southworth Allen (S.A.) Howland, a printer and direct descendant of John Allen, one of the original passengers aboard the Mayflower.  The image on the book cover …

Posted 104 months ago by

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The McLoughlin Bros. of New York 

The McLoughlin Bros. were a New York based publisher of children’s books from 1828-1920. They were known for implementing innovative color printing techniques in their children’s books. The stories they published were often “bowdlerizations” or retellings of well known children’s stories but they also published religious, moralist and other education texts. (Bowdlerizations are considered to …

Posted 105 months ago by

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The First Children’s Book 

As a TC intern and future librarian, I spend a fair amount of time looking for things at the library.  It will probably come as no surprise to any of you to find out that TC has an incredible collection of historical children’s literature.  Thinking you too may be curious to see what lives in …

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