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'British Library asks nation's children to write miniature books in lockdown'




Two hundred years ago, children stitched together old brown paper bags and strips of wall paper to make tiny books to read to their toys! They were tiny (57mm high and 47mm wide)– around the same length as a mouse’s tail!


The British Library is calling on children to write their own miniature books which will form part of an online National Gallery of Miniature Books for the toy world.


You can write your book about anything you want! Get creative!

It could be ...

A bedtime story

An adventure 

A fairy Tale 

A mystery

A factual book 

A history book 

Or anything else you can think of!


Are you up for the challenge?


Why not do a bit of research about the library that used to be inside the British Museum?

There are many cats who have lived at the museum over the years.The most famous one was one called Mike, who used to guard the gate! 



The British Library have shared a series of videos of famous authors reading their miniature books:

Jacqueline Wilson's (Author of Tracy Breaker) is about a rabbit called Radish that sits on her desk!

Alex Sheffler's (Author of the Gruffalo) is about a squirrel called Fipsy who is getting used to life in lockdown!


You could even make a video of you reading your miniature book!

Go on - give it go - we would love to see it!!


Click on the image below to learn how to make a miniature book and be sure to send us a photo!


Fipsy - Axel Scheffler

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Tips from SF Said the author of Varjak Paw

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