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Main Collection (1858 books)
The ICDL Main Collection includes outstanding children's books from around the world. Created for children ages 3-13, the collection's focus is on books that help children understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. Most books are in copyright and were selected by experts in children's literature from the country in which the books were published. All books are presented in their original language.
Special Collections
The ICDL Special Collections are primarily historical children's materials published before 1923. The books in each of the Special Collections were selected by the Curator of the Collection at the institution where the physical books are housed. The Special Collections are designed primarily for use by researchers and/or scholars in children's literature, although some titles are also included in the ICDL Main Collection.
Baldwin Collection (1986 books)
The Baldwin Collection was contributed to the ICDL by the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Materials at the University of Florida. The Baldwin Library includes more than 93,000 children's materials published in the United States and Great Britain between the 16th century and the early 1990s. The materials included in the ICDL represent books published for children from the mid-to-late 19th century and were digitized through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Baldwin Library, visit the Library's website at http://palmm.fcla.edu/juv/.
CLRC Collection (30 books)
The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) consist of several named collections. The Kerlan holds more than 100,000 children's books published in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries along with manuscripts and/or original art for 16,000 titles. The Laura Jane Musser Oziana contains 400 items, especially books, periodicals, correspondence, and artifacts. The Hess holds 80,000 dime novels, story papers and series books, while Periodicals includes 250 titles. John Philip Borger holds 40,000 comic books. The Beulah Counts Rudolph numbers 500 figurines, while there are more materials in the Paul Bunyan, Edward S. Ellis, and J. Randolph Cox collections. For more information, please view the website, http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc.
Google Books Collection (106 books)
ICDL has partnered with Google Books to augment its collection of public domain children's literature. For more information about Google Books, visit http://books.google.com.
Jordan Collection (735 books)
The Alice M. Jordan Collection was contributed to the ICDL by Boston Public Library in honor of Alice Jordan (1870-1960), its first Supervisor of Children's Services. The collection at Boston Public Library contains historic, contemporary and international titles including picture books, fiction, non-fiction, toy and moveable books from the infant to the young adult level from the 19th Century to the present day. The materials represented in the ICDL provide examples of 19th-century tract titles including cautionary tales, religious and moral stories and instruction, natural history, rhymes, and stories of amusement and riddles. Additional items include numerous editions of Mother Goose, 19th- and early 20th-century editions of Aesop's Fables, series titles by G. A. Henty, Grimm's fairy tales, and stories by Hans Christian Andersen.
NCLC Collection (141 books)
Most books in the Special Collection contributed by the Northeast Children's Literature Collection (NCLC) at the University of Connecticut are by Hans Wilhelm, a German author and illustrator living in Connecticut. These books tell stories about a dinosaur named Tyrone who gets into all sorts of trouble; a dog named Waldo who can explain lots of things about our world; bunnies who count; and lots of other animals. Some of the Mr. Wilhelm's books are in other languages, including German, French, Danish, and Norwegian. Other books in the Collection are classics, such as Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, which tells the story of a wonderful horse and his life in England.

The Northeast Children's Literature Collection (NCLC) at the University of Connecticut seeks and maintains books, manuscripts, illustrations, correspondence, artifacts, and other related materials by authors and illustrators who come from or are associated with the Northeast or the Eastern Seaboard. Within its vast collection, the NCLC contains the Billie M. Levy Collection of Illustrated Children's Literature, the Phyllis Hirsh Boyson Collection, the Black Beauty Collection, the Libraries and Librarians Collection, and manuscript collections of over 100 authors and illustrators. The NCLC retains many works that have received accolades, such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Boston Globe/Horn Book, Pura Belpre, Scott O'Dell, Golden Kite, Phoenix Awards, and many others. In preserving these materials, it is the NCLC's goal to sustain great works of children's literature for university archival purposes, research by members of the academic community, and for future enjoyment by all. For more information, go to http://nclc.uconn.edu.


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