100 Years of Children’s Services

Posted on: 30 June 2012

I recently picked up a booklet at the TPL celebrating Lillian Smith’s hiring and her contributions as Toronto’s “first professionally trained children’s librarian”. It is packed interesting historical tidbits and highlights 100 books published from 1912 to today. It has lots of familiar covers, some of which I recall reading as a child and one which we have covered in an Emerging Readers blog from almost one year ago (Press Here by Herve Tullet).

Included in the selection of 100 are some that we are fortunate to have as part of our home library collection that we can read time and time again –

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – one of the original brave girls (“To the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said ‘Pooh-pooh‘”). If you are thinking of taking your daughter(s) to see that new movie this summer, also plan to pick up this great book.

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham – I can’t count the number of times we read this one to the girls in the first years of their lives! It wasn’t a surprise to see the new book run now being featured in bookstores.

Finally, there is one book that we hope to catch as a theatre production in the next two weeks at the Toronto Fringe Kids FestivalSomething from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman.

There are many suggestions in this booklet that we haven’t read yet, so we are going to add them to our summer reading list and we may highlight some here soon! Let us know your favourite too!


1 Response to "100 Years of Children’s Services"

Reblogged this on Libraries, Books, and Words. and commented:
TPL celebrates 100 years of Children’s Services. I love the Lillian H. Smith branch and love that TPL is celebrating Lillian’s contributions to children’s librarianship.

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