Monday, 21 September 2015


The Art of the Picture Book Illustration Exhibition Programme
Darlington’s Crown Street Art Gallery

Magic, mayhem and monstrous morals abide in this interactive exhibition for children (of all ages), featuring illustrations from the world of children’s books, by popular authors and illustrators.
To join us in celebrating the world of make believe, fantasy and fairytales, suitable for both big kids and little kids, read on!

BOO! TELLING TALL TALES is inspired by illustrations from the immersive world of children’s picture books. BOO! TELLING TALL TALES mission is to lead children to read, unravel, draw, invent, and create their own tall stories, to enthral the most reluctant reader, entice the tiniest toddler, and beguile the biggest kid (however young or old).

BOO! BIRTHDAY BASH Friday 23rd October 6-8pm.
It’s Alice in Wonderlands 150th unbirthday, Crown Street Library’s birthday, and here at Creative Darlington’s Crown Street Art Gallery we are celebrating two years in this location. So Creative Darlington and Darlington Library have teamed together to mark the occasion. During the evening historian and author, Chris Lloyd will give a short talk on the enduring popularity of Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland and the inspiration for his writing, including connections to Croft on Tees and Darlington. Liz Million, Stuart Trotter, and Peter Barron together with Paul Wick, complete the line up of speakers giving a ten minute talk on their personal practice as an illustrator, artist, publisher or writer. Exhibitors will be on hand to answer your questions throughout the evening.
Suitable for adults, or those seeking a career in the industry.
FREE! Booking essential.

Grandma - Jessica Shepherd

Grandma - Written and illustrated by Jessica Shepherd

A beautiful, moving book, with wonderful illustrations.

Oscar loves Grandma, and their time together is always lots of fun. As she becomes less able to look after herself, she has to go into a care home. More and more children are encountering dementia and its effects on their families. This touching story, told in Oscar’s own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship. Jessica Shepherd’s sensitive first picture book has grown out of her experiences in a variety of caring roles.

Jessica has exhibited several pieces of her illustration from Grandma
at The Art of the Picture Book Illustration Exhibition
at The Crown Street Gallery in Darlington Library.
It runs until October 29th.

Rosie and Robin - Vivian den Hollander

Vivian den Hollander has created two adventurous stories for kids with funny lines and inspirational tools for parents; through the realistic images, children will be able to relate to Rosie & Robin and not only take notice of the funny side of the story, but also pay attention to the educational tips they get from the twins. Stuart Trotter’s images pay a big part in this; he has managed to show how much fun it is to clean and play responsibly. Den Hollander and Trotter’s successful first collaboration will hopefully lead to more wonderful books like these.
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