Fun and Games: Popular Children's Books


Heidi has been one of the most popular children’s books since it was first published in 1881. This book by Johanna Spyri tells the story of a Swiss girl living with her grandfather.

This Heidi doll, wearing a traditional corseted dress with puffed sleeves and apron, was created to commemorate the addition of the wonderful Heidi related collection of Gustine Courson Weaver into Special Collections. Weaver was an avid collector of a wide range of children’s literature and dolls, but especially adored Heidi.

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy was originally published as a novel in 1886, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The book tells the story of an impoverished boy in New York who suddenly becomes a Lord in England. This type of “rags to riches” story was, and remains popular in America.

The major influence of this book was in the realm of fashion. The illustrations of Little Lord Fauntleroy in his velvet suit with lace collar and pants ending at the knee, made the outfit a popular style for young boys beginning around the time of the book’s publication and into the 1910s.

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is popular old fable originating from Europe. This pop-up book shows the scene where Red Riding Hood is about to be eaten by the Big Bad Wolf. Many variations of the book have been created, with early versions having a more graphic ending, while more modern retellings generally depict less violence.

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