International Children's Digital Library Announces Creation of Special Collection

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Collection is in collaboration with the Children's Literature Research Center (CLRC) at the University of Minnesota.

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) (http://www.childrenslibrary.org), which is the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet, today announced its Special Collection from the Children's Literature Research Center (CLRC) at the University of Minnesota. Within the Special Collection there are thirty books by L. Frank Baum, including all fourteen of his Wizard of Oz series, for which he is well-known. One advantage that this International Children's Digital Library Special Collection has over other digital libraries is that a complete set of illustrations is included along with the texts from the Oz books. Other Baum works included in the Special Collection are Songs of Father Goose, illustrated by W.W. Denslow, and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

Director of The International Children's Digital Library, Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks says of the collection, "This Special Collection's inclusion of Baum's work serves as an excellent contribution to the International Children's Digital Library's reserves. L. Frank Baum was one of the most popular and prolific children's authors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and his books were particularly popular during this period as grammar school graduation gifts for young girls."

The curator of the Children's Literature Research Center (CLRC) Collections, Professor Karen Nelson Hoyle, can be reached by email: k-hoyl(at)umn.edu.

About ICDL
Founded in 2002, the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) has the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet. Funded initially by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research, ICDL debuted at an international celebration at the Library of Congress. The mission of the non-profit ICDL Foundation is to identify exemplary books that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live and make them freely available on the Internet. The materials in its collection, all presented in at least the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. For more information, please visit ICDL on the Web at http://www.childrenslibrary.org.

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