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Coloured woodblock print illustration from a page in an ABC book, UK, 19th century. Museum no. NAL RENIER COLLECTION

Coloured woodblock print illustration from a page in an ABC book, UK, 19th century. Museum no. NAL RENIER COLLECTION

General histories and studies

  • Avery, Gillian and Julia Briggs, eds, Children and their books: a celebration of the work of Iona and Peter Opie, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989
  • Avery, Gillian, Child’s eye: a history of children’s books through three centuries, London: Channel 4 Television in association with the Bodleian Library, 1989
  • Carpenter, Humphrey and Mari Prichard, eds, The Oxford companion to children’s literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984
  • Chester, Tessa Rose, Sources of information about children’s books, Stroud, Glos,: Thimble Press, 1993
  • Chester, Tessa Rose, Children’s books research: a practical guide to techniques and sources, Stroud, Glos,: Thimble Press, 1989
  • Darton, F, Harvey, Children’s books in England: five centuries of social life, 3rd ed, rev, by Brian Alderson,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982
  • Egoff, Sheila A, Children’s periodicals of the nineteenth century: a survey and bibliography, London: Library Association, 1951
  • Ellis, Alec, A history of children’s reading and literature, London: Pergamon Press, 1968
  • Green, Roger Lancelyn, Tellers of tales: children’s books and their authors from 1800–1964, London: Ward, 1965
  • Hunt, Peter, International companion encyclopedia of children’s literature, London: Routledge, 1996
  • Hunt, Peter, ed, Children’s literature: an illustrated history, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995
  • Hürlimann, Bettina, Three centuries of children’s books in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967
  • Meigs, Cornelia et al, eds, A critical history of children’s literature: a survey of children’s books in English, London: Macmillan, 1969
  • Muir, Percy, English children’s books, 1600 to 1900, London: Batsford, 1985
  • Quayle, Eric, Early children’s books: a collector’s guide, Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1983
  • Silvey, Anita, ed, Children’s books and their creators: an invitation to the feast of twentieth-century children’s literature, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995
  • Thwaite, Mary F, From primer to pleasure in reading: an introduction to the history of children’s books in England from the invention of printing to 1914 … London: Library Association, 1972
  • Whalley, Joyce Irene andTessa Rose Chester, A history of children’s book illustration, London: John Murray with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1988,
  • Whalley, Joyce Irene, Cobwebs to catch flies: illustrated books for the nursery and schoolroom, 1700–1910, London: Elek, 1974

Catalogues of collections

  • Library of Congress, Children’s books in the Rare Book Division, Totowa, N,J,; Rowman and Littlefield, 1975
  • Shercliff, W.H, Morality to adventure: Manchester Polytechnic’s collection of children’s books 1840–1939, Manchester: Manchester Polytechnic Library, 1988
  • St John, Judith, ed, The Osborne collection of early children’s books, 1566-1910: a catalogue, Toronto: Public Library, 1975

Exhibition catalogues

  • Gottlieb, Gerald, ed, Early children’s books and their illustration, New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975
  • Schug, Albert, ed, Die Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch: Kinder- und Jugendbucher aus fünf Jahrhunderten: Katalog zur Ausstellung der Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek und des Rheinischen Bildarchives der Stadt Köln … Cologne: Stadt Köln, 1988
  • Whalley, Irene, ed, Victorian children’s books: selected from the library of the Victoria & Albert Museum London: National Book League, 1973


  • Doyle, Brian, The who’s who of children’s literature, London: Evelyn, 1974
  • Fisher, Margaret, Who’s who in children’s books: a treasury of the familiar characters of childhood, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975
  • Kirkpatrick, D.L, ed, Twentieth-century children’s writers, London: St James Press, 1989


  • Children’s Books History Society Newsletter
  • The Horn Book Magazine
  • Signal: Approaches to Children’s Books

Renier collection

  • Alderson, Brian, 'The V&A’s Celebration of True Pleasures', Times Saturday Review,12th December 1970, p.15
  • Bratton, J.S., 'Materials for Study : the Renier Collection', Times Literary Supplement, 30th March 1984, pp. 333-334
  • Chester, Tessa Rose, 'Boxes of Delight: Aspects of the Renier Collection', Signal, 49, Jan, 1986, pp. 27-41
  • Chester, Tessa Rose, ed., Trash or Treasure: a Dip into 400 Years of Children’s Books, London: Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, 1992
  • Renier, Anne, 'The Renier Collection of Children’s Books', Book Collector, vol, 23, no, 1, Spring 1974, pp, 40-52,
  • Whalley, Irene and Hobbs, Anne, eds., ‘What the Children Like’: a Selection of Children’s Books, Toys and Games from the Renier Collection, exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum … London: The Museum, 1970
See also Renier Collection at the National Art Library. Occasional lists on various categories of material in the Renier Collection, compiled by Tessa Rose Chester
  1. Struwwelpeter
  2. Penguin publications for children
  3. Movable books
  4. G.A. Henty
  5. Doll and toy stories (part 1)
  6. Doll and toy stories (part 2)
  7. Kate Greenaway
  8. Ernest Nister
  9. Periodicals and annuals before 1900
  10. Painting and colouring books

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