Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Historical survey of children’s literature in the British Library

This description of the British Library’s holdings of books for children is necessarily brief and selective.

In the discussion of the earlier period the emphasis is on rare works. The description of the later period focuses on the publications of the more influential authors.

Further details about all the works discussed and the wealth of our holdings of children’s literature can be traced in the Integrated Catalogue.

17th century works
18th century works
19th century works
20th century works
Fairy tales
Gallery of images from historic children’s books

For more information go to the link on the rhs

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