Exhibition of classic children’s books
4 November 2013
Revisit your childhood with this exhibition of classic children’s books
Step through the looking glass and be transported back to a world of yellow brick roads and treasure islands. You will reunite with Peter Pan, visit the Wizard of Oz, walk with Hairy Maclary and fly away with James and the giant peach, in the magical world of childhood stories awaiting you at Auckland’s Central City Library.
Central City Library brings you Old Favourites - an exhibition of famous children’s books, held from 5 November 2013 to 23 February 2014.
The books on display are part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections, one of the most significant heritage documentary collections in New Zealand. Many of the books in the exhibition are first editions. The earliest book on display is ‘Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there’ dated 1872, says Sir George Grey Special Collections Manager, Georgia Prince.
Old Favourites displays some of the most famous children’s titles – Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Treasure Island and The Wind in the Willows. The exhibition highlights the colour illustrations in the books and some stories in particular have caught the imagination of many illustrators.
“The books we read or have read to us as children often stay with us for a lifetime. We will display some of the classic and well-loved children’s books that have delighted children over the years, as well as some newer favourites.
“A hope is that by revisiting these old favourites, parents will be reminded and inspired to share the stories of their childhood with their children,” says Prince.