Miniature Books

Portable and often playful, miniature books have always appealed to the young.


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, has been on display at the British Library this year, and we're now very excited that it's coming to Newcastle City Library from December 2021 to March 2022.

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. 

The exhibition opens on 3rd December 2021 and will be open to visitors during the Library's normal opening hours

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.  

Miniature Books is supported by The Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement. The Seven Stories Collection - a national archive of modern and contemporary children's literature - is housed at City Library, where our curators work to protect and promote the important materials. If you would like more information about the exhibition or our Collection, please email 

Image: The Infant’s Library. London, around 1800. Vol. 13 (Girls’ Games). C.194.a.945