This is more a celebration of the all things written than anything else. In highlighting so many of the British Library’s most prized possessions, the author also highlights the fact that so much of the world’s knowledge is currently passed along on paper. Preservation of that paper preserves our connection with that knowledge.
The oldest book in the collection is the St. Cuthbert Gospel, a book found in the coffin of the seventh century saint. Another old book is from the thirteenth century – the Lindisfarne Gospel, a book hand-lettered and painted by a monk. In addition to old and rare books, the collection includes an amazing variety of written material. From Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks to original music to newspapers. From atlases to cookbooks to medical books. From Jane Austen to Arthur Conan Doyle to Charles Darwin.
The authors make every bit of the collection sound exciting. Hopefully, the excitement will carry over to other books for the reader to explore. Exploring the stories behind the works in the library is a good beginning.
- Title: Books! Books! Books! Exploring the Amazing Collection of the British Library
- Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granström
- Published: Candlewick, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
- Grade Level: 3 to 7
- Genre: Nonfiction, Books
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-9757-0
- Extras: More about the Works and the Authors, Glossary