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If you are interested in learning more about Hans Christian Andersen, the history of children’s literature, or Denmark and Danish culture, try these links.

British Library resources

The British Library’s collections are among the most significant in the world.

Adopt a Book - we have titles by Andersen to 'adopt'.

List of Hans Christian Andersen books in print.

Our Danish collections are the largest in the United Kingdom and probably the most comprehensive anywhere outside Scandinavia.

Our Historical survey of children's literature in the British Library is selective but focuses on the most influential authors:

Further details about all the works discussed and the wealth of our holdings of children's literature can be traced through our online catalogues.

See also our Magic Pencil feature:interviews with and examples of the work of 13 of Britain's leading children's book illustrators.

Other resources

Hans Christian Andersen 2005 is the official site for the celebration of the 200 year birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Bikuben Foundation is a long-established Danish Foundation and exclusive collaborative partner in the national and international celebrations.

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theatre-rites is a theatre company for young people and designers of the exhibition at the British Library. The company is committed to working with sculptors, poets, painters, video and installation artists to push the boundaries of theatrical form.

Royal Danish Embassy in London promotes knowledge of Denmark, and Danish culture.

The Royal Library, Copenhagen has loaned material for the Library’s exhibition. They are marking the Andersen with a series of exhibitions, publications and events inspired by their unrivalled collections of anderseniana: manuscripts, diaries, portraits and books.

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense has also loaned material for the exhibition.

Promotional partners

The Danish Tourist Board VisitDenmark is the official travel guide to Denmark. Their Flying Suitcase project, for which the British Library was one of the partners, introduces the works of the celebrated Dane to Year 5 pupils and the users of 4000 public libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Legoland, Windsor is set in 150 acres of parkland and features 47 million LEGO® bricks. It is great fun for children aged 2-12 and their families. Over the weekend 18-19 June 2005 they are hosting an Andersen story-time weekend.

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Times Literary Supplement is the world’s most authoritative review of literature, scholarship, and the visual and performing arts. Media sponsor of the exhibition.

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