The Book

To accompany the exhibition, Growing Up With Books, at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, SELCIE has produced its own book, Growing Up With Books. A Little History of Children’s Literature as seen through Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood. Written collaboratively by the SELCIE team, the book presents specially chosen highlights from the Museum’s unique archive.

Individual chapters offer a beautifully illustrated journey into the different worlds of early children’s literature  —  from the earliest nursery rhymes and alphabet books to religion, education, and learning; from conduct and advice literature to fairy tales and fantasy.  It shows how the archive presents a ‘living history’ of children’s literature  –  its books, once owned by children of all ages, vividly illustrate how we ‘grow with books’, and how they can hold more stories than the one printed on the page.  It also presents the first written account of the history of Edinburgh’s much loved Museum of Childhood.

Contents

The Story of the Museum of Childhood  |   Lyn Stevens

The Story of SELCIE  |   Danielle Howarth

The Collection in the World of Children’s Literature |  Sarah Dunnigan

I. Learning to Read | Morgan Boharski

II. Worlds of Knowledge |  Joanna Witkowska

III. Shaping Identities | Lois Burke

IV. Worlds of Imagination: Fairy Tale and Fantasy |  Niamh Keenan and Sarah Dunnigan

V. The Lives of Children’s Books Part One: Owners and Readers | Danielle Howarth

VI. The Lives of Children’s Books Part Two: Materiality | Danielle Howarth and Morgan Boharski

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Growing Up With Books. A Little History of Children’s Literature as seen through the Collection at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, edited by Sarah Dunnigan and Danielle Howarth (University of Edinburgh, 2018) can be bought at the Museum of Childhood, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, or ordered directly from Sarah Dunnigan, English Literature, Edinburgh University, 50 George Square, Edinburgh (s.m.dunnigan@ed.ac.uk). The cost is £6, and all proceeds will go to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.