This is a selective list of websites in the field of children's literature. There are many other pages on the British Library website which will also be of interest, including the Learning pages for teachers and students, and Aspects of the Victorian Book, an online exhibition which contains illustrations from Victorian children's books. The British Library Sound Archive holds many recordings of nursery rhymes and children's programmes and has an oral history collection which covers reminiscences of childhood from a wide range of backgrounds.
ACHUKA news, reviews, links to author & illustrator sites
Booktrust independent national charity which encourages people of all ages and cultures to engage with books and the written word (follow link to children's books)
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database useful links to (primarily US) author and special collections websites - includes both free and fee-based sections
Federation of Children's Book Groups umbrella organisation for local children's book groups, promotes enjoyment & interest in children's books & reading, provides useful links
IBBY: International Board on Books for Young People international organisation committed to bringing children and books together
IRSCL: International Research Society for Children's Literature promotes academic research into children's literature; useful list of relevant journals
National Centre for Research in Children's Literature based at Roehampton University, facilitates & supports research in children's literature
School Libraries Group special interest group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) promoting school libraries & librarians
Youth Libraries Group special interest group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) promoting library provision for children, judges Carnegie & Kate Greenaway medals and produces Youth Library Review.
There are extensive links from ACHUKA to websites for contemporary authors and illustrators. Among other useful sites which provide numerous links are the following:
Alliance of Literary Societies includes societies for Caldecott, Carroll, Oxenham, Tolkien etc.
CHILDE: Children's Historical Literature Disseminated Throughout Europe site dedicated to the preservation & promotion of early children's books collections from across Europe
Hockliffe Project centred on the Hockliffe Collection of Early Children's Books at De Montfort University
Literature for Children provides digital access to some 600 children's literature titles from Florida State University, University of Florida and University of South Florida collections
A Taste of Horton a selection of items from the Horton Collection of Children's Material at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
World of the Child: Two Hundred Years of Children's Books online version of an exhibition held at the Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware in 1998
The following three projects are edited by Michael N. Salda and are based on the resources of the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi:
go4it Radio 4's Sunday evening magazine programme
Stories from the Web a chance to read & write stories, e-mail authors & write reviews
Treasure Island everything you ever wanted to know about Treasure Island
Books for Keeps a children's book magazine online.
Carousel a guide to children's books
Children's Literature: a Guide to the Criticism material from the annotated bibliography by Linnea Hendrickson published 1987
The Horn Book Magazine reviews & criticism of children's literature, site has current issue & subscription information
Picturing Books celebration of picture books - includes both free and fee-based sections
Children's Poetry Archive poets reading their own poems
Children's Poetry Bookshelf (Poetry Book Society): bookclub which encourages children to read and enjoy poetry
This is an extremely selective list of children's literature collections which will be expanded and developed.
de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at University of Southern Mississippi
National Art Library's Children's Literature Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, includes the Renier and Beatrix Potter Collections
Opie Collection of Children's Literature at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books at Toronto Public Library