Library of Congress Puts Children's Classics Online

As part of the Children's Book Week celebration, the Library of Congress has digitized some historically significant children's books.

In recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, which begins today, the Library of Congress launched an online collection of digital versions of "historically significant" children's books published more than 100 years ago. The 67 titles in Children's Book Selections include well-known tales such as Humpty Dumpty and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as "lesser-known treasures" from the LOC's collection.

The new digital collection spans generations and covers different topics, but all of the books reflect three general themes: Learning to Read (materials produced to teach American children to read); Reading to Learn (materials supporting classroom instruction); and Reading for Fun (materials to nourish the imagination). Each book in the collection was published before 1924 in the United States and England. They are no longer under copyright, so educators are free to read, share, and reuse.

Read the full press release from the LOC below.


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Cyndi Christopherson

What an amazing gift to receive for Children's Book Week. I have just spent the last hour perusing the collection and am loving the beautiful images and script in these books. Thank you so much for digitizing these books and for sharing them with us during this special week.

Posted : Apr 30, 2019 12:03



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