Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
Opie, Iona, and Peter Opie. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Second ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Despite its name, not actually a dictionary; it’s an excellent, single-volume source that traces the development of 449 children’s rhymes through the centuries. Invaluable to the serious researcher and fascinating to anyone who was ever a child.
Copyright 1997-2013, by David Wilton