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Growing up with Books

From the never-ending adventures of Peter Pan, shipwrecked tales from Robinson Crusoe to mysterious personal insights and hidden messages from previous book owners, Growing Up with Books charts a magical journey through centuries of children’s books. 

The exhibition provides a free shared experience for children and adults to recount and discover those timeless tales which first prompted a lifelong love of reading and inspire a new generation to discover the many wonders waiting to be discovered through children’s books. 

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The exhibition has been developed over the course of a two year project through a collaboration between Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE) at the University of Edinburgh and the Museum of Childhood, focusing on the many hundreds of books which have been donated to the museum over the years. 

Growing Up with Books includes a selection of 15,000 books from the 18th Century through to the 20th Century, featuring some well-known and much loved characters and tales, as well as many new discoveries, including personal messages from those who have previously owned and loved the books. 

The exhibitionis free to enter, and provides residents and visitors to Edinburgh of all ages to enter into a world of books and stories, discovering (or rediscovering) a lifelong imaginative journey. 

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