Toy and Picture Books

The historic toy book collection at USF charts the development of picture book publication in the United States. In the early days of American children’s literature, the term “toy book” referred books intended for entertainment and amusement instead of instruction. With a wide range of titles produced by the McLoughlin Brothers publishing firm at its core, USF’s collection features many  examples of black and white illustration, hand-colored illustration, and chromolithography. The collection covers a wide array of subjects, ranging from nursery rhymes and folk tales to counting books, tales about animals, and original stories.