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International Youth Literature Collection

The International Youth Literature Collection is a representative collection of children’s and young adult books, both translated and in their original language, that celebrate writing, visual style and design from outside of this country.

What's So Funny? April 1, 2022

Save the Date

Rutgers University Libraries and School of Communication and Information will host the Second Annual Event to feature the new International Youth Collection at the Alexander Library on Friday, April 1, 2022. Contact organizers Marc Aronson or Doris Gebel for information about how you can participate in the hybrid event. 

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
- William Shakespeare

Recording of What's So Funny Event, April 1, 2022

April Fool's Day in two books at the Cotsen Children's Library

The April Fool's prank of washing the lions is documented in two children's books in the collection of the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University. The last chapter of Travels of Tom Thumb Over England and Wales (1746) and chapter 8 of Richard Johnson’s The Picture Exhibition (1783) describe this hoax. 

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