A childhood dreamland

The staircase exhibition in Central Library for April is Idyllic Garden in Mind: Childhood Dreamland which uses illustrations from Kate Greenaway’s children’s books. The exhibition was created by Lin Fan, an Art History master’s degree student at the University of Edinburgh.

Fan has selected some beautiful Kate Greenaway books as well as some lovely winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library’s collections. Last month, she also held a Garden Book Family Craft Workshop inspired by Kate Greenway’s illustrations and some of the books created by the children will be on display too.

Browse the ‘childhood dreamland’ in the Central Library staircase and foyer display areas from 3 – 28 April 2017.



Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book

With the release of the new Jungle Book film fast approaching, we thought we’d let you see the magical illustrations in our collection by Maurice and Edward Julius Detmold.  This set of 16 prints illustrating Kipling’s stories is considered one of the brothers’ greatest joint artworks and you can browse them all on Capital Collections.

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If you’ve only ever seen the Disney classic of the Jungle Book, why not get ahead and read the original stories that inspired these pictures and the film adaptations? The Jungle Book is available to download on Overdrive – our free ebook service.

Beautiful books for little readers

childrens books

The books on this list have all been shortlisted for the 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal, which is awarded annually for outstanding illustrated books for children and young people. The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winner will be announced on 15 March.