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Alumni Children's Book Collection

An exhibit in the library atrium, on view June-September 2024

Flying school buses. Rainbow trains. House-sized dogs. Magical crayons.

These images and many more came from the minds and hands of Cooper grads, professional children's book illustrators who once climbed the same steps to class as Cooper students do today. 

The Alumni Children's Book Collection was started as a means of rounding up the work of these illustrators and making their books available to current students as inspiration, and an example of one of the many things you can do with a Cooper degree. 

From buildings to blockbusters, candy to comedy, Cooper alumni are everywhere, making the world better, and this collection illustrates just one small facet of their effect. 

The Alumni Children's Book Collection is on display now in the library atrium. You can also view a list of these books in the library catalog via

Exhibit curated by James Mitchell. Have questions about this collection? Contact us at

Crockett Johnson (aka David Johnson Leisk, A'1924), Harold and the Purple Crayon.  

Ann Jonas, A ’59, Round Trip. 

Ashley Bryan, A’46, Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.

Bruce Degen, A’66, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge. With Joanna Cole. 


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