In Spring 2020, during the first COVID lockdown, the British Library asked children across the UK to make miniature books for their toys, inspired by the British Library’s tiny treasures. The miniature books submitted in response to their lockdown callout, alongside miniature books and manuscripts from the Library’s historical collections and books created especially for the project by much-loved children’s authors and illustrators, have been on display at the British Library this year, and it's now on tour at Newcastle City Library from December 2021 to March 2022, with some additions from the Seven Stories Collection.

We've been working with the British Library, City Library and Balliol Primary School to co-curate a section of the exhibition too - with miniature books made by schoolchildren working with our Creative Associate team. 

Gill Rennie, Head of Exhibitions at Seven Stories explained: "We passionately believe that children should ahve access to handle our Collection and form their own opinions about it. In preparation for this exhibition our curator Alison took a selection of our miniature books into Balliol Primary School to explore what is special about them with the children. They were inspired to make their own mini books in response and these can be seen at City Library as part of the display and also at the Seven Stories Centre in Ouseburn."


If you or your family would like to make their own miniature book, pop along to the Seven Stories bookshop in Ouseburn over the next few months where a craft station is all set up with materials and instructions from the British Library about what to do. We also have a very special schools event with author and illustrator Axel Scheffler in January - find out more here.

The exhibition is open to visitors during City Library's normal opening hours - head up to Level 6 and turn right. You can see more brilliant Miniature Book work on Twitter @BL_Learning#DiscoveringChildrensBooks. Find out more about the National Library of Miniature Books here.

Miniature Books is supported by The Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement.