A Study Day on Non-fiction Children’s Books

by | Oct 1, 2021 | IBBY NEWS

The Children’s Books History Society is hosting a Study Day on Non-fiction Children’s Books on Saturday 23rd October 2021.

Join the Children’s Books History Society on 23rd October 2021 at 9.30–4.30 for a Study Day on Non-fiction Children’s Books.

The event will take place at the Church Hall of the Great Crown Court, Church of Scotland, Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5EZ.

The day will feature a talk by Professor Sue Walker (Professor of Typography at Reading University) based
around material from the Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection at the University of Reading, showing examples of Marie Neurath’s work on the making of Isotype children’s books from the end of the 1940s to the early 1970s. Sue will also show examples of books about history and science and related preparatory material, including some of the items from the exhibition she curated at House of Illustration in 2019: “Marie Neurath: Picturing Science”. This will be followed by a talk by Joe Pearson (author and the independent publisher of Design for Today) on Puffin picture books.

After lunch there will be a talk by Helen Day, an expert in vintage Ladybird books. Helen is especially interested in Ladybird’s history, the history of the artists who illustrated the books and the social history their illustrations contain.

The final talk of the day will be Alan Powers’s one on architecture in children’s books. Alan is an architectural and cultural historian, a university teacher, exhibition curator and widely-published author on twentieth century art and design.

The event costs £25 (including lunch). However, there are a limited number of student bursaries available that will bring the price down to £12.

To register for the event and for further information please click here.