Youth Section: Where else can I find an exhibit

In different parts of the world, museums are paying tribute to illustrators or authors of children’s books and offer a spectacular array of activities, workshops, and camps to engage the audience in the picture books’ world.


Here are some of them:


1. The Eric Carl Museum of Picture Book Art of Maine celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2012, and exciting events are on the agenda. Eric Carl himself will be in the museum on June 23rd. An exhibition based on his book ‘Slow, Slow, Slow said the Sloth’ runs through September 2nd, as well as an exhibit on the works of Lucy Cousins and her beloved character Maisy. The museum offers plenty of activities and professional development workshops relevant to children’s librarians.


2. Another interesting place on the American continent, The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Texas, commemorates illustrators of children’s books through exhibitions, artists’ visits, art activities and camps. The forthcoming ‘The Lorax’ exhibit displays Dr. Seuss originals of his character created 40 years ago.


3. The European capital, Strasburg, is home to the Tomi Ungerer Museum-International Center of Illustration. The permanent exhibition features Tomi Ungerer’s graphic work, and temporary exhibits are dedicated to illustrators of the 20th century. The Museum Library’s collection includes extensive documentation on Ungerer’s work.


Image4. Musée Hergé opened doors three years ago not far from Brussels (Belgium). It offers a glimpse at hundreds of original plates, photographs, documents and objects related to the work of Hergé, best known for his character Tintin. The temporary exhibit ‘Into Tibet with Tintin’ takes you to a journey to discover the Tibetan countryside and the process of creating this book in the series.





5. ImageA giant of children’s literature, Roald Dahl, has a museum in his honor, created as a home for the author’s archive and to inspire love of stories and creative writing. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, in the United Kingdom, is abundant with Roald Dahl inspired activities - craft and storytelling, hands-on science workshops, puppet-making, drama and cookery classes.







6. The Children’s Book Museum (Kinderboekenmuseum), in The Hague, Netherlands, houses two distinctive permanent expositions on Dutch literature for two age groups – 3-6, and 7-13. Preschoolers get to learn how to use their imagination through featured Dutch books, and the older children set out on an interactive adventure for creating a digital story using games, videos, illustrations, sound fragments and of course, books.