The structure of the HCLI will contain the following parts:
The first part of this project covers Iranian children's literature from ancient times until the Islamic Revolution.
The subjects of the volumes are as the following:

Volume 1:

Part 1:

  • The narration of a territory’s childhood, 
  • The appearance of culture and literature in Iran, 
  • Children’s status in the pre-historical period, 
  • Characteristics of folk culture, 
  • Narration and the storytelling tradition, 
  • Lullabies, Children’s rhymes, 
  • Rhythmic fables, Folktales.

Part 2:

  • Iran from the Mede era through the Sassanid era, 
  • Intercultural communication between Iran and its neighbors, 
  • The Iranian child in the time of empires, 
  • Educational views in the Zoroastrian period, 
  • Religious and mythical tales, 
  • Courtesy literature (books of advice), 
  • National and epic stories, 
  • The illustration of books in Mani’s time.

Volume 2:

  • Iran in the Islamic Period, 
  • Children’s Status in the Islamic Period, 
  • The Education System in the Islamic Period, 
  • Educational Views in the Islamic Period, 
  • Religious Tales, 
  • National and Epic tales, 
  • Courtesy Literature (books of advice), 
  • Translations, 
  • The Illustration of Books in the Islamic Period.

Volumes 3 and 4:

  • Iran in modern times, 
  • The relationship between Iran and the West, 
  • The appearance of the printing industry in Iran, 
  • Children’s status in the Qajar period,  
  • The traditional education system (Maktabkhaneh), 
  • The story-telling tradition, 
  • Culturally progressive pioneers in the Qajar period, 
  • Educationally progressive pioneers in the Qajar period, 
  • The new education system and its textbooks, 
  • The first textbooks (lithographs), 
  • The first literary children's books (lithographs), 
  • The translation movement, 
  • The pioneers of modern children's literature writers and poets, 
  • Children’s dramatic literature, 
  • Children’s translated literature, 
  • The illustration of children’s books

Volumes 5, 6, 7:

  • The Pahlavi period,
  • Iran in the first and second Pahlavi periods (1921-1961), 
  • The cultural situation (1921-1961), 
  • Children's status (1921-1961), 
  • The new and modern education system, 
  • Jabbar Baghcheban, the founder of modern children's literature in Iran, 
  • Children’s books authors, 
  • The appearance of children’s poems, 
  • The appearance of children’s magazines, 
  • Children’s books illustrations, 
  • Children’s books publishers, 
  • Gathering and retelling of old folk and classic literature, 
  • First children’s book fairs (exhibitions), 
  • First children’s books prizes, 
  • Translated children’s books, 
  • Children’s dramatic literature, 
  • Children’s book criticism, 
  • The first children’s libraries, 
  • Children’s books illustration.

Volume 8, 9, 10:

  • The cultural situation from 1960-1976, 
  • Children’s status from 1960-1976, 
  • Flourishing of children’s literature, 
  • Educational theories in this period, 
  • The educational system in this period, 
  • The appearance of children’s literature institutes: (the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults; the Children’s Book Council of Iran), 
  • Religious attitudes in children’s literature, 
  • Specialized private children’s books publishers, 
  • Children’s books translations in this period, 
  • Children’s dramatic literature, 
  • Children’s book criticism, 
  • Children’s magazines, 
  • Writers, poets and translators of children’s literature, 
  • The retelling of old and classic literature for children, 
  • National and international prizes for Iranian children’s books, 
  • National and international seminars about children’s literature in Iran.