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Children's literature study guide

Recommended resources for the study of children's literature

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Beatrix Potter: The Business of Books

Beatrix Potter was very involved in all aspects of the production of her books, from the design of the covers and endpapers to the layout of text and image on the page. Potter was also a merchandising pioneer, taking control of all the 'little side shows' such as toys, board games and puzzles to accompany her books.

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Punch and Bunny: conservation of a pop-up theatre book

Ask any children about pop-up books and they will probably tell you they had the most incredible experience reading one. What seems nowadays to be an inexhaustible source of entertainment was originally a tough challenge for the creators of these books.

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The V&A’s collections include artists’ books, children’s books, examples of early printing and illumination, modern book design, dust jackets and graphic novels. Most of these are held in the National Art Library.

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National Art Library children's literature collections

The National Art Library has been collecting children's publications since the mid-19th century. It now holds nearly 100,000 books dating from the 16th century to the present day.

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Miniature libraries from the Children's Books Collections

John Marshall began publishing miniature libraries for children in 1800. Confident, perhaps, that his innovation would galvanise the children's book market, he produced his first three libraries 'almost simultaneously'. His remarkable success prompted imitations from the most prominent names in children's publishing in the early years of the 19th century.

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Study Room resource: Book illustration

This study room resource examines the development of book illustration. To make it easier for teachers and lecturers to access the most popular material with groups, we have developed themed study room resources which contain original prints and drawings.

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The Anne and Fernand Renier collection of children’s books

The Renier collection of children’s books ranges from works by Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Hans Christian Andersen, to diaries and school records, doll dressing books and ephemera from fairs and supermarkets.

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Wallpapers for children

From the 1870s onwards, many more nursery wallpapers appeared, the great majority with subjects adapted from children's books. Walter Crane's papers telling 'the tales of fairy land and nursery rhyme' were praised for their educational potential.

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National Art Library book collections

The National Art Library is both a major reference library and the Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book. Its holdings fall into two categories: the General Collection and Special Collections.

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Memory Maps: 'A Writer's Day-Book' by Ronald Blythe

Two excerpts from 'A Writer's Day-Book', by Ronald Blythe

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Book review: locked in the laboratory

Book Review: Locked in the Laboratory by Jonathan Ashley-Smith

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Review: The Children's Book by A S Byatt

The V&A has long been associated with the Booker Prize, not least through its growing collection of bindings from title-winning novels.

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Nursery Classics: Frederick Warne's Fine Art Picture Books

DISPLAY: During the second half of the nineteenth century Frederick Warne & Co galvanised a reputation as one of the country’s leading publishers of fine art picture books for children. By the end of the century Warne's catalogues included such illustrators as Edward Lear, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway and Leslie Brooke. In 1901 a little known illustrator, Beatrix Potter, approached the firm with a story of a naughty little rabbit; The tale of ...

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Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The 'real' Peter Rabbit was a Belgian buck rabbit called Peter Piper. He inspired 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', which has become one of the most popular children's books of all time, selling in excess of 40 million copies worldwide.

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