Very, very old picture books

Here’s a useful post from Open Culture featuring The Library of Congress collection of digitised children’s books. It gives a great taster of what you can find there: yellowed pages, unusual fonts, and rather quaint (for want of a better word) illustrations. How can we use them? Well, to start with, they are all in public domain (each page has a set of references and a credit line). Why not give a special flair to a lesson flipchart, or send the learners to that collection to find an interesting illustration, a story or a poem? These photos are incredibly atmospheric: as if you are remembering a past you never had, you know?


Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

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