If you know a child who loves to read, we have the perfect quarantine project for you!
The British Library has a collection of miniature books, which includes stories made centuries ago by authors Charlotte and Emily Brontë. Now, the library is asking kids everywhere to get creative and add new virtual treasures to it!
The project is simple: Interested kids can write and put together miniature books at home and send pictures to the library’s Twitter account.
For little ones who don’t have the materials they need, they can pick up kits at local public libraries, food banks, or shelters.
Authors and illustrators like Axel Scheffler and Jacqueline Wilson have joined in as well.
Not only are they adding their own tiny masterpieces to the “National Library of Miniature Books for the toy world,” but they’ve also been reading them out loud in videos uploaded to Twitter!
The project’s goal is to help kids learn to read — and explore their creative side! Plus, it’s a fun way to pass the time.
“Being able to hold and manipulate tiny versions of ordinary objects is both powerful and delightful for children, helping them to take on new responsibilities and personas,” said Anna Lobbenberg, who works at the library.
She’s absolutely right! They become readers, authors, and illustrators all at the same time!
Proud parents are already tweeting their kids’ finished products, and they’re wonderful!
What a fantastic (not to mention cute) way to keep kids entertained! Even if you’re an adult, putting these teeny books together is a blast. If you’re interested, you can find instructions here. Be sure to share your pictures with @BL_Learning on Twitter using the hashtag DiscoveringChildrensBooks, or email them at [email protected]
Listen to Scheffler read about a squirrel named Fipsy in the video below, and share this idea with more parents.
First up, here’s a brand new tiny tale by Axel Scheffler, all about how Fipsy the squirrel is making homeschooling fun! Send your creations to @BL_Learning #DiscoveringChildrensBooks #LibrariesFromHome https://t.co/QNcOZy1m7a pic.twitter.com/22rk5RSDyK
— The British Library (@britishlibrary) May 11, 2020
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