World Book Day 2010

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Kids in Museums volunteer Victoria Wallop has looked through her bookshelves to find stories that mention museums. Here’s what she found…

How many of us have reached for Topsy and Tim visit the Dentist or Spot’s First Day at School to help prepare our children for a new event? There are a surprising number of books for children that are set in museums and reading them can help you prepare your child for a visit.

For very young children, there are titles like Miffy the Artist, Dick Bruna’s inconic colours and shapes explaining simple artistic concepts like the way different colours make us feel. After her visit to a gallery, Miffy is inspired to go home and create her own works of art, as were my children, aged 7, 5 and 3 who turned our kitchen walls into a gallery after reading the book.

There are lots of titles for pre-schoolers from the charmin Maisy Goes to the Museum, to and Harry and his Dinosaurs who go to visit, you’ve guessed it, the dinosaur museum and Curious George and the Dinosaur, in which the cheeky monkey inevitably gets into trouble. Dickon, aged 3 says, “It is a really very nice book. I like it when George climbs on the dinosaur”.

Paddington Bear’s trips around London are as entertaining to today’s children as they were 30 years ago. Paddington at the Tower makes the story of the Tower of London’s ravens accessible to a three year old, when it turns out that ravens are particularly partial to marmalade sandwiches. Paddington Bear has to make the heartbreaking decision to leave his marmalade behind at the Tower rather than risk the ravens following him home and the Tower falling down. We read this story before visiting the Tower and it made the group of black birds on the grass take on an altogether new and dramatic significance for my small children.

In James Mayhew’s Katie series, a small girl jumps into famous pictures bringing their stories alive. They are delightful books in their own right, but they also make visiting galleries with small children a joy. Having read Katie’s Picture Show many times to our children, we found ourselves sheltering in the National Gallery one wet afternoon. The children raced around, spotting the pictures from their book, excited to be seeing them full size and full of observations and questions. Eve aged seven says “I like the way Katie goes into the pictures and tells a story, the pictures are very artistically drawn.”

For school age children, there are titles such as Dan’s Angel which explains the meaning behind paintings when Dan becomes a detective, decoding the symbolism in classical art with the help of a friendly Angel Gabriel. Like the Katie books, it also helpfully tells you where the featured pictures live.

When Kay Thompson’s Eloise goes to Paris she visits the Louvre, explaining that you have to “tippy toe around on the parquet floor” and then causes her usual chaos when she checks her pets into the cloakroom.

There are a number of books for over tens in which a museum is the setting for an adventure story such as The Stoneheart, which opens when George breaks a dragon’s head outside the Natural History Museum awakening an ancient power. The Museum’s Secret is an exciting adventure set in the incredible Scatterhorn Museum. The hero Tom discovers the secrets of the museum’s dusty exhibits, travelling through time and place, from an Edwardian ice fair to the Mongolian desert.

A book I loved as a child and which my daughter loves today is From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler. Claudia is disatified with her life in a New York suburb, so she and her brother Jamie run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a magnificent place to hide. As well as detailing their everyday life, hiding from guards, washing in the central fountain and sleeping in antique beds, they also discover a mystery about the museum’s newest acquisition and set out to solve it before they get caught.

Some of these books are great for helping children to understand what they are seeing when they visit museums, others use museums as the backdrop to exciting stories. All of them have a place on the bookshelves of children who visit museums.

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