Welcome to the blog of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature!
Here you will read and see what can make a book unique, not just the individual stories themselves, but the magical value of finding clues of a reader’s past. What makes the Baldwin Library come alive is not just the number of books it holds, but the handprints of children visible through paratextual evidence.
As defined by French literary theorist Gérard Genette, paratextual elements are inscriptions, marginalia, binder’s waste, prefaces, table of contents, and illustrations to name a few. These elements can actually guide a reader’s reception of a book’s meaning.
I hope you enjoy our posts that will take you on a book’s journey through printing, publishing, and the history of reading.
Curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
University of Florida