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48 pages

Pub Date

Apr 5, 2017



Age 7+

Books! Books! Books!

Explore Inside the Greatest Library on Earth

By Mick Manning and Brita Granström
Illustrated by Brita Granström

A fascinating journey through literature from the first hand-made books to Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters and the Brothers Grimm - and including cookery, science and music.

A handmade gospel hidden in a saint’s coffin; a HUGE atlas that takes six people to lift it; a tiny prayer book carried by a queen to her execution; the original handwritten manuscript of Alice in Wonderland; books so rare and valuable they are kept in a bomb-proof store-room. The British Library is an amazing place!

From man-eating monsters and brave knights to wicked witches, lost children, haunted moors, magical creatures and flying machines award-winning duo Mick and Brita bring to life the amazing and extraordinary history of the book through the treasures of the largest library in the world – the BRITISH LIBRARY. LET’S GO INSIDE!



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"Mick Manning and Brita Granström have managed to distil some of the treasures of the British Library to create an exciting and very readable book that will not only have children poring over it and returning to it, time and time again, but its likely to have them clamouring to their parents and teachers to take them to see the real thing."


"Mick Manning and Brita Granström's approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves."

Lindsey Fraser - Scotsman

"The book acts as a pathway for children to venture into libraries and explore, to follow their imaginations, learning along the way."

Books Go Walkabout


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Brita Granström


Brita Granström's illustrations have won such top awards as the Smarties/Nestlé Silver Award, and the English Association Picture Book Award (no less than five times) and she has been twice shortlisted for the ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award). Her most recent book, with her husband Mick Manning, is The History of Prehistory. Brita’s memories of working as a volunteer for a flying doctor in Africa help to give authenticity as well as humour to her illustrations in the Flying Flamingos series. Brita Granström lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Author and Illustrator

Specialising in lyrical non-fiction picture books, Mick Manning and Brita Granström have perfected their unique approach to children's books over 24 years. They have written and illustrated over 60 books and have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Award, the English Association Award and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. Their previous books, published internationally and in many languages, include the award-winning 'Fly on the Wall' series, Tail-End Charlie, What Mr Darwin Saw, Charles Dickens: An Extraordinary Life, Nature Adventures, Wild Adventures, The Beatles and William Shakespeare. Most recently they have published Books! Books! Books! and now The History of Prehistory. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders.


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