The Margo Sandor Children’s Literature Collection (CLC) contains approximately 8,000 works of fiction, from big books and picture books to short story collections, poetry, fairy tales, graphic novels, and novels for young adults. Purchases for the CLC are made using an endowment fund created through a generous donation by Peter Sandor in 1997. Peter and his wife Margo immigrated to Canada in 1957 and Peter’s donation is in memory of Margo, who was a children’s librarian.
The CLC includes works of fiction appropriate for children and young adults, in kindergarten through grade 12.
There is a focus on acquiring Canadian works, award and honour books, dual language books, dual format text / Braille books, books to support math literacy, Indigenous works, and books on themes including bullying, peacemaking, social justice, and multiculturalism.
Most materials in the collection have been published post World War II, though there are a number of older items of historical / research value in the collection. Currently, most works purchased are newly published (i.e. within the last 2 years). Older works are collected selectively.
An emphasis is placed on Canadian works, as well as U.S. and international award winners. Other works are collected selectively.
Most resources are published in English. French language materials are collected selectively. Dual language books (English and a second language) are collected selectively. A focus is placed on Indigenous languages and the mother tongue of Toronto residents for dual language books, other than English and French.