The next generation

Three primary school children seated on the floor, one of whom writes on paper while the other two watch.

Thanks to the generous support of Charles and Nicky Manby, we were delighted to launch Discovering Children’s Books, a new free website for primary school children, teachers and lifelong learners.

Discovering Children's Books features original manuscripts, notebooks, sketches and storyboards by renowned authors and illustrators including Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, Judith Kerr and Roald Dahl.

The site received wide press coverage and proved instantly popular on social media, showing the appetite for children’s literature from readers young and old.

The website also offers activities to encourage children of all abilities to create their own stories and illustrations inspired by the collection. Jacqueline Wilson and Axel Scheffler invited children to create miniature books, following in the footsteps of the Brontës who stitched together tiny books for their toys.

We were delighted to see some of the responses to our activity on Twitter. Support from The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and the Steel Charitable Trust helped to share this resource with young people around the UK, particularly outside of London and the South East.

We look forward to seeing how learners of all ages explore and engage with this inspiring resource.


Find out how your support has made a difference

Your support

Find our how your support has made a difference.

Playing our part

The importance of our archives proved ever greater during lockdown.

Opening up access to early manuscripts

A generous donation from The Goldhammer Foundation allowed us to make discoveries.

Extending our national reach

Thanks to the Helen Hamlyn Trust, more people than ever can engage with precious items.

Expanding our cultural programme

Our exhibitions reflect the richness of our collection and indulge every curiosity.

Insight into an exceptional mind

Bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s innovation to life through a creative partnership.

Meet Lenore

Lenore England set up the ‘Patricia G. and Jonathan S. England – British Library Innovation Fund’ to support us.

Growing our collection

Securing knowledge and culture for future generations.

New Sound Gallery opens

The American Trust for the British Library generously funded a new free exhibition.

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Discovering Children's Books activities

Make a miniature book

What’s the smallest book you can think of? Who would you read it with? Learn how to make your own tiny book!

Teaching resource: All our stories!

Celebrate ethnic diversity and develop a rich primary reading curriculum.

Step inside your story

Create a concertina book and fill it with your own story.