Special Collections contains books that document the history of children's literature and award-winning publications. Included are alphabet and picture books, young adult fiction, poetry books, pop-ups, biographies and unique formats.
The princess and the pea: a pop-up book by Hans Christian Andersen; retold by Charlie Katze; illustrated by Bradley H. Clark, 1994.
The Eugene D. Valentine Pop-Up Book (SPEC VAL) Collection contains examples of numerous movable book formats on a large variety of subjects for children and adults.
How many bugs in a box? A pop-up counting book, by David A. Carter
To Find Pop-up Books
All the pop-up books in Special Collections are cataloged using the subject heading toy and movable books. To find books about pop-up, toy or movable books, do a Subject search using for Toy and Movable. You can also do a Local Call Number search using SPEC VAL. For more instructions on this search strategy see the Quick Search Tab.
A hornbook is a children's primer consisting of a sheet of parchment, paper or cloth with the alphabet, numbers or religious text. The print was protected by a sheet of transparent horn or mica, which was encased in a frame with a handle. Special Collections houses five horn books, found by the call number SPEC OBJ S-3 to SPEC OBJ S-8, and one set of Alphabet Discs (SPEC OBJ S-9). Below are two samples of hornbooks viewable in Special Collections.