Who Lives in Storyland?

Take a look at the Devon Libraries Flickr page to see some great photos of the exhibition launch event back in April. Amanda Sabin from Double Elephant helped to get the Easter holidays off to a great start by guiding families through the process of monoprinting. The aim was to make a book cover inspired by the exhibition, and there were some very impressive creations!


Collection of Children’s Historical Books at Taunton Library

Illustration by E. V. B. from from The Story Without an End

The exhibition at Exeter Central Library will also feature books on loan from Taunton Library, which houses the collection of Children’s Historical Books belonging to Somerset Libraries. The collection consists of about 1,800 works for children published between 1790 and 1910. It covers diverse subjects in a range of formats and includes nursery stories, fairy tales, poetry, verses, rhymes, songs, biography, religion, history, travel, geography, natural sciences, games, pastimes, alphabets, dictionaries and toy books. Continue reading

Edith Nesbit: Writing for the Nursery

Edith Nesbit’s writing continues to be of interest to readers of all sorts, including students on the English degree course at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter, who study The Railway Children as part of the Women’s Writing module.

If you’re taking that module, do you agree with the writer of ‘Boys, Girls, and Trains: Ambiguous Gender Roles in E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children’, that whilst staying within the conventions of children’s literature of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods the novel also works to question strict notions of gender roles?

How do the illustrations in the Edith Nesbit gallery represent interactions between boys and girls?


Welcome to Girls and Boys in Storyland! This site will follow the progress of two exhibitions of early children’s literature, taking place at Exeter Central Library and the University of Exeter in April 2012. Both Central Library and the University have exciting collections of early children’s books and the exhibitions will showcase some of the highlights of each. From Margery Meanwell (aka Goody-Two Shoes) to Matt Merrythought (the boy who was always happy), the exhibitions will give you a chance to see how boys and girls were depicted in rhymes, stories and illustrations from the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. Continue reading