Thursday, October 31, 2013

Old favourites: famous children's books - an exhibition at Auckland Central City Library

Illustration by Milo Winter from Alice's adventures in Wonderland. When: 5 November 2013 - 23 February 2014, weekdays 9am - 5pm, weekend 10am - 4pm

Where: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Level 2, Central City Library

Cost: Free

An exhibition of classic and beloved books that have delighted children for generations, from Alice in Wonderland to Treasure Island.

The books we have read to us as children often stay with us for a lifetime. This 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 the books on display are first editions, or the first edition with those illustrations. Some books in particular have caught the imagination of a number of 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. All are part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections children’s historical collection.

The books on display are fantasies, adventures, mysteries, stories of friendship and growing up, stories about animals and toys. Not all of them will mean something special to you, but we hope you will see your favourite books somewhere in this exhibition.

Pictured: Illustration by Milo Winter from Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, and, Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there by Lewis Carroll, 1916.

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