About Us

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The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture is an interdisciplinary center based in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Members of the Center include faculty and researchers from the University community; teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others working directly with children; and artists and writers creating works for children in print and other media.

Our purpose is to encourage the exploration of this vital area of our cultural life through scholarly and critical investigations; through meetings, symposia, and seminars; and through the development of innovative ways to make the research and concerns of our members available to the general public.

One of the key resources in our endeavors is the¬†Baldwin Collection of Historical Children’s Literature¬†housed in the University of Florida’s Special Collections. The Baldwin Library is one of the leading historical collections of children’s literature in the country — indeed, in the world. The Center is committed to working in close cooperation with the Baldwin Library to help raise public awareness of the contents of this remarkable collection.

John Cech
Director, CCLC

Melissa Bianchi
Coordinator, CCLC