Established in 1962 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the inauguration of children's libraries in Toronto by this distinguished pioneer. It comprises creative books of literary and artistic merit, published in English since 1910, including picture books, fairy tales, fiction and poetry. The collection includes manuscripts, letters and book-related original art together with extensive resource material.

Among notable holdings are:

Tony Sarg's surprise book Tony Sarg's surprise book: look, listen, smell, taste and feel: open this book - it will open your eyes - for each of your senses it brings a surprise! New York, 1941