Come to the farm : children's books on farming

Come to the Farm coverThis exhibition is a celebration of books on farms and farming for children selected from the Children's Collection, part of the University of Reading rare book collections, and the library of the Museum of English Rural Life.

The exhibits range from an early nineteenth century book on farming and 'rural economy' for children to a twentieth century pop-up book of a Victorian farmhouse. The exhibition also features a selection of Ladybird books on farms and farming from our Ladybird collections.

The exhibition will be on display at the University Library from 9 February until 17 May 2015, and then on display at the Special Collections Service from 18 May until 17 July 2015.

List of exhibits

Case 1:

A visit to a farm house, or an introduction to various subjects, connected with rural economy. Embellished with ... plates. By S.W., author of "A visit to London.". Sixth edition. London : Printed by and for W. Darton, Jun., 1815. CHILDREN’S COLLECTION--630

The busy farm. London : The Religious Tract Society, [188-?]. MERL LIBRARY RESERVE—9450-BUS

The farmer's boy : one of R. Caldecott's picture books. [London] : Geo. Routledge and Sons, [1881]. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--741-CAL

Come to the farm by J. Gunston. London : Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., [n.d.] CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--630-GUN [see image of cover above]

Case 2: Ladybird books

The farm by M.E. Gagg ; illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe. Loughborough : Wills & Hepworth, 1965. LADYBIRD COLLECTION--563/02

Fun at the farm by W. Murray, with illustrations by J.H. Wingfield. Loughborough : Wills & Hepworth, 1970. LADYBIRD COLLECTION--641/04B

The farmer by I & J. Havenhand ; with illustrations by John Berry. Loughborough : Wills & Hepworth, 1967. LADYBIRD COLLECTION--606B/05

Farm machinery by David Carey, with illustrations by B.H. Robinson. Loughborough : Ladybird Books Ltd., 1979. LADYBIRD COLLECTION--654/09

About the farm : a first reader by Jacqueline Harding ; illustrated by Sara Sliwinska. Loughborough : Ladybird, 1994. MERL LIBRARY--9470-HAR

Case 3:

Peter's farmyard friends ; written and illustrated by Helen Haywood. [s.l.] : Hutchinson, [19--?]. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--631-HAY

Field and farm : an easy reader for juniors by Dorothy V. White. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1935. MERL LIBRARY--9470-WHI

The farm, shown to the children by F.M.B. and A.H. Blaikie, described by Foster Meadow. London : T.C. & E.C. Jack, [1908]. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--630

Timothy's book of farming / David Stephen; illustrated by A.E. Kennedy and T.E. North. London : Collins, [n.d.] CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--630-STE

The seasons and the farmer : a book for children written by F. Fraser Darling ; and illustrated with drawings by C.F. Tunnicliffe. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1939. MERL LIBRARY--9470-DAR

Farm crops in Britain by Sir George Stapledon ; illustrated by S.R. Badmin. Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books, 1955. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION--633-STA; MERL LIBRARY PAMPHLET--3330-BOX 2/23

The wonder book of the farm. London : Ward Lock, [195-?]. 1st and 2nd eds MERL LIBRARY--9470-WON

Visit to the farm. Manchester : John Heywood, [n.d.]. Penny giant series ; no. 38. MERL LIBRARY PAMPH BOX--9470

The study book of farming by Clifford Warburton ; drawings by Margery Gill. London : Bodley Head, 1959. MERL LIBRARY--9470-WAR

On the farm by James Gardner. West Drayton : Penguin, [n.d.]. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION FOLIO--631-GAR

Animals on the farm by Eileen Mayo. Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1951. MERL LIBRARY PAMPH BOX--9470

A Victorian farm house / Maggie Bateson, Herman Lelie. New York : St Martin's Press, 1993. CHILDREN'S COLLECTION FOLIO--631-BAT - a pop-up book.


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