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From 4th October 2013 to 26th January 2014, The British Library on Euston Road in London will be hosting a free exhibition called: Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics, featuring excerpts and original drawings from ten children’s classics in their archive.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl original artwork, illustrations (c) Quentin Blake

You can find out more about it by clicking on the link here.

The books will include Kipling’s Just So Stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit. Illustrators include Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman and Lauren Child.

The exhibition explores how the books the curator, Dr. Matthew Eve, has chosen, have informed the way we understand the books and coloured the way we read them.

The exhibition also features film of interviews with author of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, who talks to four children’s illustrators about how their work is a collaboration between author and illustrator.

The exhibition was opened by Jacqueline Wilson, acclaimed children’s author, famous for her collaborations with illustrator Nick Sharratt, and there will be a series of children’s literature themed events throughout the duration of the exhibition run.

The British Library is at 96 Euston Road, London. The nearest tube and rail links are from St. Pancras, Euston and Kings Cross stations.