When you think of children’s books, what comes to mind? Since pictures bring stories to life, it is probably the illustrations.
The Children’s Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is honored to be the permanent home of the Clarabel Tanner Collection, the distinguished lifetime collection of children's book art amassed by Dr. Clarabel Tanner (1918- ). Dr. Tanner (below left) is an accomplished TWU alumna who had a long and important career as an academic librarian. The collection, housed in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level of the library, has also been digitized for easy access by all.
Consisting of 25 pieces of original children’s book art and a portrait of Dr. Tanner, this collection includes 11 original works by winners of the prestigious Caldecott Medal (awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children); eight pieces by Caldecott Medal runners-up; and an original 19th-century woodcut by Randolph Caldecott. Summaries are included in the digitized collection with medium, background and other information.
The Clarabel Tanner Collection is available for viewing in the Children's Collection during regular Children's Collection hours or online anytime.
--Jimmie Lyn Harris