ATG Quirkies: Princeton’s Rare Book Room for Kids

lets-count-big-bookThere are some weird books in the stacks of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University.  Just ask Dr. Dana Sheridan, Cotsen’s Education & Outreach Coordinator.  In a recent Cotsen Children’s Library blog post, Ms. Sheridan describes on an outreach session hosted for Cotsen Critix, the library’s “literary society for children ages 9-12.”  

Entitled “Weird Books,” the presentation hoped to give kids “a deeper appreciation for the unusual formats books can take.”  They were exposed to everything from the miniature Bronte Castle Alphabet (Bronte Press, 1981) that measures 1.18 inches in height to the extremely oversized Let’s Count Big Book (World Book Co., c1953).  Books without pages ( horn books), books made from tin, and books with hidden fore-edge painting were also part of the show.  

Of course the best was saved for last, But you’ll have to read the post to find out what it was.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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