Cover of Matthias Barr’s Child’s Garland of Little Poems
Perhaps the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t always hold true, especially for many of the works in our library’s juvenile collection. The books featured in this reading room display are chosen for their beautiful illustrations and decorated covers, which draw readers into the story. As can be seen from their content to their covers, these books transform ordinary objects into pieces of art.
One of my favorite collections in the Phillips Library is the juvenile collection. Having taught Child Development, which included discussions on the importance of books in a child’s life, I was excited to learn about the collection and have spent many an afternoon exploring its depth. Most of the titles were published in the mid-19th century and are structured around the moral themes of the time. Many children’s classics are included along with a fascinating collection of juvenile periodicals.