Reverie is elementary

By Joan Milligan and Kristina Klepacz

“For children in their most impressionable years, there is, in fantasy, the highest of stimulating and educational powers.”—Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

Summer reading is a delight for most of us. For the past three years the University of Dayton’s students, staff, and faculty have brought that joy to children in Dayton Schools. As a partner of Learn to Earn, we have participated in annual “Read On!” book drives for the past three years making it possible for children from kindergarten through 3rd grade to have books of their own to read during the summer. Since 2014 Roesch Library has collected 6,036 books for Read On!

In honor of this, we’re sharing some adventure-inspiring illustrations Arthur Rackham created for a British edition of Peer Gynt. It is from the Victor and Irene Jacobs collection, which includes many early editions of plays, novels, and children’s books from around the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy the illustrations from Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, published by George G. Harrap & Co., 1936

- Joan Milligan, Special Collections Cataloger and Kristina Klepacz, Assistant University Archivist

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