The State Library of Ohio purchases books for the Floyd Dickman Children’s Literature Collection, including Ohioana Book Award winners, Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award winners, Choose to Read Ohio titles, and recent ALA Youth Media Award winners and honor books. The collection is named in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman.
The collection began as the Columbus Children’s Collection, a teaching resource of approximately 800 notable children’s books at the Columbus Program of the Kent State University School of Information (formerly the School of Library and Information Science). These books were used by Associate Professor Belinda Boon in her children’s materials and children’s librarianship courses. In 2015, Dr. Boon donated the collection to the State Library and moved her office to the main campus in Kent, home to the Reinberger Children’s Library Center and its Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art. The Kent State School of Information closed the Columbus Program in June 2018.
Click here to browse the Floyd Dickman Children’s Literature Collection in the State Library catalog.
Floyd Dickman was a Library Consultant at the State Library and retired in 1999 after 23 years of service. Floyd’s legacy is an enduring imprint upon library and literacy services in Ohio and across the country. The State Library of Ohio Board’s resolution at the time of Floyd’s retirement recognized his leadership, commitment, and passion for library services, children’s literature and family literacy. He also received praise for his dedication and compelling enthusiasm to teaching and mentoring librarians and library science students. During his career he was awarded the Ohio Library Council Librarian of the Year, OELMA’s Presidential Award, and Outstanding Friend from the Ohio Family Literacy Task Force. Floyd passed away in June 2015.