The Children’s Collection, located in Blagg-Huey Library on the First Floor is comprised of over 39,000 books. The collection of illustrated children’s books, original artwork and teen literature supports the School of Library and Information Sciences, the Department of Education in the College of Professional Education and art students from the College Arts and Sciences. It also serves as a resource for the children of TWU students.
Children's Historical Collection
The Children's Collection includes a rare edition of Pilgrim's Progress, a 1777 New England Primer, and an 1898 edition of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.
The Historical Collection of Children's Literature was established in January 2002 by the TWU School of Library and Information Studies as a resource for scholarly study and teaching of children's literature of the twentieth century. This non-circulating collection, located in the Children's Collection of Blagg-Huey Library on the Garden Level, includes milestone books from the 18th and 19th century, as well as general fiction, novelty picture books, series titles, story collections, Mother Goose and poetry, nonfiction and biographies, related professional reference works, and early readers designed for instruction.
Digital Library Link: Clarabel Tanner Collection of Children's Book Art
This is the lifetime collection of Dr. Clarabel Tanner (1918-2013), a distinguished TWU alumna who had a long and vital career as a school librarian. This distinguished collection includes 11 original works by winners of the prestigious Caldecott award for the single most distinguished contribution to children's book illustration in a given year, as well as eight pieces by Caldecott award runner up illustrators, and an original 19th century woodcut by the master himself, Randolph Caldecott. The pieces are on display in the children's collection, located on the Garden Level of the Blagg-Huey Library.
Martin Kling Targeted Reading Collection
From the Alvina Treut Burrows Institute, an important collection of critically reviewed reading research, the 900 references are indexed by author and subject. It also includes a bibliography of all research reviewed. Annotated author, subject and citation indexes on cards are filed before the microfiche.
Opie Collection of Children's Literature
The Opie Collection on microfiche covers the 16th to 20th century and is the richest library of children's literature. This collection is organized into units by book type, the collection is particularly valuable to students of literature, history, developmental psychology, linguistics, sociology, early childhood education, and related disciplines. Bibliographic access is provided for each unit, and a cumulative index is planned upon completion of the collection. The collection preserves nearly chapbooks, battledores (two or three-page primers), and card-covered toy books; comics, children's magazines, and penny dreadfuls (Victorian serials for children); and bound volumes of children's stories and nursery rhymes, books on games and amusements, picture books, movable books, reversible books, rag books, miniatures, and other items.
Reading and Children's Books Microfiche Collection
Early American Children's Books (Kraus-Thomson)
Books in A. S. W. Rosenbach's Private Collection of Historical Children's Books.
William S. Gray Research Collection in Reading
A collection of 10,000 titles of research on reading topics assembled by William S. Gray and other specialists from journals, books, research reports, and other monographs published between 1884 and 1989. The collection is based on the Annual Summary of Investigations Relating to Reading and published in various places since 1900. It is accompanied by annotated author/chronological and subject indexes on cards filed before the microfiche and author alphabetical and category indexes in a binder, which also includes an introduction to the collection.