Picturing Possibilities in Children’s Book Collections

  • Valerie CoghlanEmail author
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


As the nineteenth century progressed, delight began to take precedence over instruction in books published for children. This, allied to technical advances in printing towards the end of that century, gave life to the picturebook as we know it today. Picturebooks in the twenty-first century have changed and developed both in physical form and in content, making them increasingly less easy for libraries and archives to regulate. This essay considers the possibilities and problems attendant on collecting picturebooks, before moving on to a discussion about how collections might arrive at guidelines for collecting. It then suggests ten picturebooks published in English as possible additions to a collection, one for each decade from 1914 to 2014, representing excellence in the development of the form.


Picture Book Visual Text Irish Child Suspend Animation Double Spread 
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherDublinIreland

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