Telling Stories: Nursery Rhymes, Fables and Fairy Tales from the Shelia R. Bourke Collection

A significant donation of rare children's books came to the McGill Library from Mrs. Shelia Bourke, a Montreal resident and dedicated Friend of the Library. The Shelia R. Bourke Collection of Children's Books is a representative collection of early and modern children's literature, written and illustrated by prominent creators and spanning five centuries. For this exhibition, we have selected fine examples of books of nursery rhymes, of Aesop's fables and of fairy tales to celebrate the cataloguing of Mrs. Bourke's gift.

The exhibition took place in the McLennan Library lobby from February 2011 until June 2011 and was curated by Sharon Rankin (Liaison Librarian, Children’s Collections) and Donald Hogan (Conservation specialist) of the Rare books and Special Collections Library.

Several McGill library staff were involved in the creation of this website. Special thanks to Ed Bilodeau, Megan Chellew, Greg Houston and Elizabeth Thomson.

Questions about any of the exhibition items should be directed to: Sharon Rankin, Liaison Librarian,, 514-398-4706.