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  • Child's First Tales, written by the Brontë sisters...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Child's First Tales is a collection of short stories intended for 'infant schools and little children in general'. As su...

  • Divine Songs: Attempted in Easy Language for the U...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Isaac Watts’s collection of moral songs for children was first published in 1715. For the next 150 years, it was one of ...

  • Gammer G's Garland

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Joseph Ritson, who commissioned William Blake to create the engravings for the Collection of English Songs (1784), had t...

  • Little Red Riding Hood, 1810

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Little Red Riding Hood is perhaps one of the best known fairy tales. Like most European fairy tales, its origins lie wit...

  • Marshall's edition of Cinderella

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Cinderella is one of the best-known fairy tales in the western world. The basic elements of the story we know today can...

  • Signor Topsy-Turvy's Wonderful Magic Lantern; or, ...

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Signor Topsy-Turvy's Wonderful Magic Lantern is a more sophisticated version of the ‘world-turned-upside-down’ texts wh...

  • The Child's New Spelling Primer

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    For centuries learning to read was closely associated with religious education; the main objective being to teach childr...

  • The History of Blue Beard

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    La Barbe bleue or The History of Blue Beard is a centuries-old fairytale. It tells the story of a murderous husband name...

  • The History of Jacky Jingle

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The market for inexpensive children’s reading material grew in the early 1830s as affluence and literacy increased. This...

  • The House That Jack Built

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The History of the House that Jack Built (1820) has been popular since at least the mid-18th century and is still well k...

  • The Moving Market, or Cries of London

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    ‘Cries’ or ‘street cries’ are the phrases called out by street sellers to advertise their wares.  The Cries of London w...

  • The Prettiest Book for Children

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    The Prettiest Book for Children (1770) is an early example of a fantasy story written specifically for children, designe...

  • Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    This is the earliest surviving collection of nursery rhymes. There is evidence that Volumes I and II were advertised for...