There is a new exhibit in the Indianapolis Room at Central Library called A was an apple pie: A Slice of Children’s Literature. The exhibit includes books from the 19th thru the 20th centuries. The Children’s Literature Collection in the Indianapolis Room had its beginnings many years ago. The Library began gathering significant children’s works, including Newbery and Caldecott award winners, books by Indiana authors, books about Indiana, and noteworthy general fiction and nonfiction. Future acquisitions will continue to concentrate on Indianapolis authors and themes, as well as contemporary books for children.
Many books were gifts of, or have inscriptions by local residents – some whose names represent early Indianapolis leaders in business, government, social reform, and education:
- Albert Buchanan of the Flanner and Buchanan Mortuary family;
- George Hume, a prominent lawyer and insurance businessman who, with his cousin Charles Mansur, built the largest and most elegant medical office building in the city in 1911;
- John Love, a Civil War general;
- Sarah P. Morrison, the first woman to graduate from and teach at IU
- Reginald Sullivan, 1930’s mayor of Indianapolis;
- Albert F. Yohn, grandson of early Indianapolis settler James C. Yohn
Stop by and take a look at the fascinating artwork contained in these books as well as some unique toys which were inspired by some of the works, including these goblins made to illustrate James Whitcomb Riley’s classic poem, “The Nine Little Goblins”. The exhibit is on the 6th floor of Central Library in the Indianapolis Room. It will run through the end of 2012.
To explore more examples of classic children’s literature and illustration through the last two centuries, visit Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg includes eBooks for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy them, give them away or re-use them under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License. To see eBooks for children click on “Bookshelves by Topic” and scroll down to “Children’s Bookshelf.” Also try the International Children’s Digital Library, a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world.