The Arne Nixon Center

Dr. Arne Nixon devoted his life to children’s literature and storytelling. His original collection numbered more than 22,000 books and has grown to over 70,000.

The Arne Nixon Center is one of the West Coast’s largest and most significant research centers for the study of children’s literature. With an emphasis on diversity, the Center’s collection includes more than 70,000 books, original artwork, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, ceramics and other ephemera, including:

  • The largest English language LGBTQ+ collection of books for young people in the world.
  • A World Languages collection of books in over 50 languages.
  • Over 2,100 Spanish-language children’s books.
  • Over 2,100 editions by, about and inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll.
  • The Helen Monette Amestory collection of 6,000 books on cats.
  • Archives for Leo Politi, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Margarita Engle, Michael Cart, Steven Mooser, Robert San Souci and more…

The Center promotes scholarly research and student success through our collections, services, programs, exhibitions and conferences. We cultivate collaboration and partnerships with professors and organizations on campus and in the community to create an awareness of the relevancy of children’s literature and the Center’s resources. If you would like to learn more about the Center, go to our website at Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with events.

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