The American Writers Museum celebrates American writers through innovative, state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming.
This gallery explores the magic of children’s literature through a mix of hands-on media and mechanical elements, a large-scale mural by Caldecott Medal-winning writer and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky, and an inviting reading nook.
Explore this room through its multiple nooks: receive an overview of the history of children’s literature in America, learn why children’s books are so important to early childhood development, and celebrate Great Books by exploring highly interactive small exhibits. These exhibits provide insights into the writers and illustrators that make our featured books masterpieces. The Children's Literature Gallery holds a dear place in our hearts as great writers are often inspired to become great readers as children. Without these important works, literature as we know it would not be possible.
This gallery is filled with the most books in the entire museum; the open environment encourages the sharing of literature with each visiting child. Feel free to sit and read with your child in the comfortable reading nook, or enjoy one of our monthly story-time reading sessions held here (check our website for dates and times). The books featured in this gallery are both new publications and timeless classics that will delight readers of all ages.