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Books are wonderful time capsules that capture the culture and values from when they were written. And a lot can change from era to era; after all, it wasn’t until a few years ago that the enduring story of Snow White was deemed as sexist.

As first spotted by Open Culture, the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is inviting readers to revisit the chapters of before through the pages of kids’ literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. The library has digitized more than 7,000 historical books from Britain and the US, and has released them online to be perused for free.

Fun fact: Did you know Aladdin was originally based in China? Here’s him in 1847’s Aladdin, Or, The Wonderful Lamp.

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