Visitors to the Center are welcome. Inquiries may be made in person,
by telephone, fax, mail, or email.
Researchers may work in the Center's small (temporary) reading room,
which holds a ready reference collection of secondary literature.
Those needing extensive assistance are kindly requested to make
an appointment ahead of time.
Examples of the Center's publications include Some Paradoxes
to Ponder: The Puzzling and not entirely Welcome Development of Childrens
Literature since the Nineteen Sixties (1996), Marc Simont
at the Library of Congress (1995), Leo Lionni at the
Library of Congress (1993), Vital Connections: Children,
Science and Books (1991), Window on Japan (1990),
Stepping away from Tradition: Children's Books of the Twenties
and Thirties (1988). A list of publications is available on
Programs and Exhibitions
The Center organizes lectures, symposia, celebrations, exhibitions, and tours.
Examples of the Center's programs are the annual International Children's Book
Day celebrations, which focus on the art of children's book makers, and the thematic
Children's Book Week programs. Program topics have been Japanese children's literature
and television, American children's books of the 1920s and 1930s, science in
children's books, children's book collecting, the art and design of picture books,
and the editing and publishing of children's books. Numerous children's book
personalities have been honored by these programs, including Eric Carle, Susan
Cooper, Antonio Frasconi, Betsy Hearne, Madeline L'Engle, Iona Opie, Katherine
and Maurice Sendak.
Exhibitions include The Art of Vera B. Williams (1995) and From
Sea to Shining Sea - An American Sampler: Childrens Books from the Library
of Congress (1998).