Friday, 8 November 2013

Old Favourites - An Exhibition of Children's Books

The books that we read, or have read to us, as children often stay with us for a lifetime. This new Sir George Grey Special Collections exhibition shows some of the classic and well-loved children’s books that have delighted children over the years, as well as some newer favourites. Many of them are first editions, or the first edition with those illustrations. They are all part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections children’s historical collection.

Ref: Lewis Carroll, 'Alice's adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking glass and what Alice found there', illustrated by Milo Winter, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1916
Some books in particular have caught the imagination of many illustrators and this exhibition features a selection of the most famous - Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The wind in the willows, Treasure Island and Pinocchio.

Ref: Robert Loius Stevenson, 'Treasure Island', illustrated by Edmund Dulac, London: Ernest Benn, 1927
Other books are fantasies, adventures, mysteries, stories of friendship and growing up, stories about animals and toys.

Ref: Peter Pan case in the children's book exhibition
Not all of them will mean something special to you, but we hope you see your favourite books somewhere in this exhibition.

Ref: Adventure & mysteries display case in the children's book exhibition
Make sure you check out the 'Old Favourites - An Exhibition of Children's Books' at the Central City Library, Level 2 - find out more. The exhibition has just opened and runs until 23 February 2014, so you have plenty of time to come along, take a trip down memory lane and marvel at the beautiful illustrations. You are sure to find a book that holds childhood memories for you. There is even some pop up fun courtesy of Robert Sabuda's stunning version of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' (see below).

Ref: J. M. Barrie, 'Per Pan: a pop-up adaptation of J.M. Barrie's original tale', art by Robert Sabuda, New York: Little Simon, 2008


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