The Leatherby Libraries presents a display celebrating Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week, which occurs the first week of February.

This display honors the many celebrated children’s books authors and illustrators that bring fantasy to life, and includes literature from authors of children’s books such as The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, Stargazing by Jen Wang, Island Born by Junot Diaz, and Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. It also includes children’s books illustrators such as Garth Williams, Eric Carle, and Quentin Blake. These books are classics that encourage children’s imaginations to run free!

Check out this display on the First Floor of the Leatherby Libraries through the end of February 2023.

Also, explore our children’s books collection on the library’s third floor. This collection is part of the Peter and Mary Muth Library of Children’s Literature and is located in the Edgar and Libby Pankey Library of Education. Additionally, enjoy illustrations from President Emeritus Jim Doti’s Children’s Books displayed on the library’s third floor.


Peter and Mary Muth Library of Children’s Literature
The Leatherby Libraries maintains a library of literature written for children housed in The Peter and Mary Muth Library of Children’s Literature within the Edgar and Libby Pankey Library of Education. This collection ranges from picture books to K-12 books, fiction, and non-fiction, and supports the curriculum within the College of Educational Studies and children’s literature courses taught by the English Department.

IES 340 – Children’s Literature and Literacy
This course is designed to study the style, technique, and methods for introducing children and young adolescents to literature. Students develop perspectives of literature that are instrumental in child development and lifelong learning. Students identify characteristics of quality literature, understand its role in the curriculum and use instructional strategies to meet students’ needs and expectations. Topics include literature genres, multicultural and international literature, censorship, technology, and current educational issues in reading.


The complete bibliography for this display can be viewed in the Chapman Digital Commons here.

This display is curated by Leatherby Libraries student employees Kalea Brown ’26, Isabella Piechota ’25, and Arianna Tillman ’25.