Bentley Rare Book Gallery
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385 Cobb Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Free + Open to the public | No reservations required
Featuring rare children’s books from the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, Play by Design: The World of Children's Books invites visitors to explore illustration styles and techniques, intriguing formats, and the interplay of text and images on the printed page.
From the Enlightenment to today, the children’s book has evolved dramatically. Initially, books were meant to be instructive tools used to impart moral lessons. As time progressed, children’s books were refashioned to combine both learning and amusement. The manipulation of the size, materials, illustrations, layout, and typography of books have worked to create unique worlds for their readers and helped shape individual experiences with various books. The interplay of physical elements highlighted in children’s books makes this medium especially relevant to today’s world in which electronic interactivity informs our daily lives.
Books have many purposes: they teach, entertain, broaden our horizons, and introduce us to new ideas. In no genre is the interplay of various literary elements more evident than in children’s literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today’s digital world is providing even more opportunities for readers to engage in traditional elements of children’s books (typography, story, and illustration), while introducing new realms of interactivity. Print books may be converted to electronic books to be read on a computer screen, and authors and publishers are producing new books written specifically for the digital format, including games, music, and other features. In this exhibit, we see authors, illustrators, and publishers continually innovating to enhance readers’ interactions with books.
The exhibition is appropriate for all ages.
Featured authors include:
The opening reception featured a live reading and musical performance inspired by Jean de Brunhoff's The Story of Babar the Little Elephant. The Bentley Rare Book Gallery also invited event attendees to bring their favorite children’s book for donation to the Big Shanty Elementary Media Center.