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  • A Father's Memoir of his Child

    Book, Illustration, Image

    Benjamin Heath Malkin, the author of this book, was a friend of William Blake, and shared the poet’s interest in radical...

  • A Little Book for Little Children

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    An educational chapbook for children published in 1702, London. It 'set[s] down, in a plain and pleasant way, Directions...

  • A Little Pretty Pocket Book

    Book, Children's book

    The most prominent publisher of books for children in the 18th century was John Newbery, who was based at ‘the sign of t...

  • A Token for Children

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    13 children die within the pages of this children’s book. It’s perhaps hard to imagine the appeal for children of accoun...

  • Alphabets and Pictures for Children

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Alphabet books have a long history and are often the first books to be given to young children by parents or teachers. T...

  • 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 ...

  • Hymns for the Amusement of Children

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image, Poem, Hymn book

    This is Christopher Smart’s Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771). It was written at the end of Smart’s life, while...

  • Hymns in Prose for Children

    Book, Children's book

    Hymns in Prose for Children was first published in 1781 – the edition shown here is from 1787 – and its popularity ensur...

  • Jack the Gyant-killer

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Jack the Gyant-Killer is a traditional English folk tale which was a popular subject for chapbooks in the 17th and 18th...

  • Juvenile trials for robbing orchards, telling fibs...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Juvenile Trials belongs to a tradition of books that taught children to be good citizens and to behave ‘properly’. The b...

  • Mary Wollstonecraft's Original Stories from Real L...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97) wrote Original Stories from Real Life to provide a model for teachers and pupils which wou...

  • Pleasing rhymes, for children

    Book

    Pleasing rhymes, for children is a chapbook, a small book made particularly for children, printed around 1830. What were...

  • Proverbs exemplified

    Book, Illustration, Image

    This little book of proverbs was written by the Reverend J Trusler, who asked William Blake to make some engravings in 1...

  • Sarah Trimmer's Fabulous Histories

    Book

    Sarah Trimmer was an educationalist who pioneered the use of animals, birds and the natural world in children’s moral li...