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Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.

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Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths.

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Collection highlights

Leonardo da Vinci's notebook

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, kept notes and drawings of his studies, ideas…

Charles Darwin's natural selection letter

Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) was a naturalist who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection which was published…

Letter from Ada Lovelace to Charles Babbage

Ada Lovelace (1815-52) was the daughter of Lord Byron. She was educated to be a mathematician because her mother feared…