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 and outside scholars
available to the general public.
One of the key resources in our endeavors is the Baldwin Collection
of Historical Children's Literature, consisting of nearly 100,000 volumes,
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
Rita Smith, Associate Director
Kenneth Kidd, Associate Director
Current and Future Projects for the Center include
- "Recess!" - a daily radio program of reviews, historical and biographical
notes, commentaries, interviews, and sound essays that explores the
dynamic cultures of childhood. The program is provided free of charge
each moth via cd or satellite uplink to the nearly 500 interlinked public
radio stations across the country. To date, over 1300 shows have been
- "Transforming Encounters II: Children and Science, Imagination and
Inquiry" a colloquium to explore a range of innovative approaches, new
and traditional, historical and contemporary, for bringing science into
children's lives, sponsored by the University of Florida's Center for
Children's Literature and Culture, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Department of English, and France Florida Research Institute. Other
participants include the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University
of Florida's College of Education, The Alachua County Library District,
The Alachua County Schools and The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's
Literature The conference is is scheduled for February 18-19, 2005,
at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Please see the conference
for more information. Past conferences include: Transforming
Encounters: Children's Libraries Unbound and Children,
Culture & Violence: Exploring Myths, Images & Realities
- The Center will also be co-sponsoring speakers throughout the year,
in conjunction with the Alachua
County Library District and the Alachua
County Reading Council.
- A series of documentary films based on historical materials from
the Baldwin Library of children's literature.
- An exhibition of the boyhood photographs of the French photographer,
Jacques-Henri Lartigue at the Samuel
P. Harn Museum, University of Florida.
- The Center is also one of the sponsors of The
Children’s Culture Study Group (CCSG), a graduate student-run organization
at the University of Florida dedicated to the study of children’s literature
and culture. Consisting of both faculty and students, the CCSG provides
the unique opportunity to examine the children’s literature collection
located in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in
the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida.
The CCSG meets throughout the semester to discuss topics like Caldecott
Medal winners or Little Golden Books as well as popular films or graphic
novels. For more information or to join the list-serv, please contact
Julie A. Sinn.