Our good friends at the Library of Congress recently made a digital collection of classic children’s books available for free online.
“The collection includes classic works that are still read by children today, and lesser-known treasures drawn from the Library’s extensive collection of historically significant children’s books.”
Everything available in the collection is from 1924 or earlier. My favorite would have to be this 1863 edition of Red Riding Hood that was printed on a movable book that doubles as a toy. It is abosolutely fascinating to scroll through all these books knowing that young children from so long ago were reading these same pages.
I love that these classic works of literature, that are essentially historical artifacts, have been preserved and now digitized for everyone around the world to view and interact with. If you’ve yet to check out the LOC digital collections, I simply cannot recommend it enough for book lovers and history lovers.