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Children's Book Collection in the Special Collections Research Center: 1900-1950 Titles

A Research Guide to the Children's Book Collection in the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center, which contains more than 3,000 children's books.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Click on the links below for information on the life and works of Beatrix Potter.



"During the twentieth century, books for children became much more focused on targeting specific age groups. This was the century in which the children’s picture book became extremely popular and authors such as Dr. Seuss introduced books with easy-to-read rhyming verse and fantastical pictorial landscapes."

Source: "A Brief history of American children's literature" in Classic Notes GradeSaver: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  Accessed online 02/09/2012 at

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

Click on the links below for information on the life and works of Lafcadio Hearn.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter

Little Plays by Lena Dalkeith

Lena Dalkeith was a pen-name for Lena Yates, who was born around 1879 in England.  Her other  pen-names include Juniper Green and Jeanne D'Orge.  She was the mother of Virginia L. Burton.

Source: Virginia Lee Burton: a life in art by Barbara Elleman.

A Japanese Miscellany by Lafcadio Hearn

Selected Titles

 Children’s Writers

 Æsop's fables / retold by Blanche Winder ; with 48 colour plates by Harry Rountree. PA3855.5 .W56 1925  

Black tales for white children. PL8704.Z95 E5 1914 

The Burgess animal book for children / by Thornton W. Burgess ; with illustrations by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. QL791 .B94 1929a 

The Burgess bird book for children / by Thornton W. Burgess ; with illustrations in color by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. QL676 .B87 1925 

Cottonwood yarns : being mostly stories told to children about some more or less wild animals that live at "The Cottonwoods" on the Elkhorn River in Nebraska / by Dan V. Stephens ; illustrated by Clarence Ellsworth. 591.5 St434c 

Folklore stories and proverbs : gathered and paraphrased for little children / by Sara E. Wiltse ; illustrated by Edith Brown. PS374.C454 W57 1900

How Tommy made the rooster crow / Susan Speed. TX560.S9 S64 1917 

In the beginning : a first history for little children / by Eva Erleigh. D21 .E7 1926 

The life of Our Lord / written expressly for his children by Charles Dickens. 232.9 D555 

The little white bird, or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens / by J.M. Barrie. F B2765i 1902

Ludwig Beethoven and the chiming tower bells, by Opal Wheeler. Illustrated by Mary Greenwalt. ML3930.B4 W4

Morning faces, a book of children and parents. 392.3 B813   

On the trail with Lewis and Clark / by Bonnie C. Howard ; assisted by Ruth Higgins. F592.7 .H78

Prudence & Peter and their adventures with pots & pans, by Elizabeth Robins and Octavia Wilberforce, drawings by Lois Lenski. 641.5 R554 

Sebastian Bach : the boy from Thuringia / by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher ; illustrated by Mary Greenwalt. ML3930.B2 W56 

The story of the world for the children of the British empire. Illustrated by E.M. Synge, A.R.E. D21 .S98 1903 

Told under the green umbrella : old stories for new children / selected by the Literature Committee of the International Kindergarten Union ; pictures by Grace Gilkison. PS3500.A1 T65 1930 

A wonder book, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, illustrated by Arthur Rackham. PS1872 .W66