Interested in borrowing from the collection? Please contact us to arrange a brief tour and you will then be able to sign up.
Alice in Wonderland
Thanks to a generous donation by Professor Maria Nikolajeva, the Children’s Literature Collection also contains over 150 different illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, in a wide variety of languages.
Rare Book Collection
The Library holds a collection of nearly 1,000 catalogued non-borrowable rare children’s books and the numbers are continually increasing due to a succession of generous donations. Highlights include a hornbook, signed works by Kenneth Grahame (and E. H. Shepard), a set of Victorian chapbooks, works by Randolph Caldecott and many more. The collection’s strength lies particularly in 19th century didactic fiction as well as the ability to provide the researcher with snapshots into families reading habits from the 1920s-40s.
Lealan collection of children's annuals
In 2013, Homerton acquired a substantial collection of over 5000 children’s annuals, ranging in date from the 1870s right up to material from the 1970s. The Lealan Collection, named after its collector, is currently in the process of being catalogued.
We welcome suggestions from current University of Cambridge students and staff for the purchase of items that will improve the children's literature collection at Homerton.
Please fill in the form on our website or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details of the book. If the item is a suitable addition to the collection, we will purchase a borrowable copy for the Library and send you an email notification when it is in stock.