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  • Museum Christmas Gift Book Ideas for Children

    December 2nd, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Literacy

    In the market for books for children this Christmas season?  I’ve a few recommendations.  I’ve also reached out (via Twitter) and received some recommendations so it’s a variety of solutions!

    Just a friendly reminder that museum memberships for children is also a wonderful gift to receive!  Most if not all museums and galleries internationally have some for of yearly plan which are usually really inexpensive and provide newsletters and updates throughout the year along with discounts when you do visit the museums!


    The British Museum – Mummy!
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Dig in and discover ancient Egypt!  Full of artefacts to spot and name, this friendly story uncovers all kinds of mummies – perfect ancient fun for little ones.

    Very colourful book with activities such as flap ups to look under and and ‘eye spy’ at to use throughout the book.

    The British Museum – 123
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Discover amazing objects and simple first words in this brilliant country book for curious little ones.

    Very colourful book with a QR code for when the little ones want more information on the objects used in the book.  There is also an index at the back of the book.

    The Sixty-Eight Rooms – Marianne Malone
    Publisher: [Recommended by Seema Rao]
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from author’s website]
    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed deep within the Art Institute of Chicago, they are a collection of sixty-eight exquisite – almost eerily realistic miniature rooms. Each of the rooms is designed in the style of a different time and place, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say the rooms are magical.

    Imagine… what if, on a field trip, you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?

    The Museum of Me by Emma Lewis 
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from Tate Shop]

    Museum of Me follows a little girl on a journey of discovery to find out what museums are and what they hold in store.

    Brimming with anticipation, our young protagonist encounters giant bugs and peculiar beasts; ancient pots and contemporary paintings; feathery leaves and flowers as big as her own head. Marvelling at objects old, new, out-of- doors and from outer space, she soon realises that her favourite museum of all is waiting for her at home: the Museum of Me.

    Down to Work with Vincent
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from Van Gogh Museum Shop website]
    What materials did Vincent van Gogh use? How do we know that other works of art are sometimes hidden beneath his paintings? And how exactly is a painting put together? This book contains plenty of examples, illustrations and fun activities to let your kids discover all about Vincent’s art!

    The British Museum – Origami, Poems and Pictures
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Children to adults!
    Description: Read the haiku poem, enjoy the picture from the British Museum collection and then make the origami figure!

    The book is around the very popular Hokusai exhibition but using Japan as a base line we are shown step-by-step instructions on how to create amazing origami.  The book includes the paper to use and an option for QR code scanning to show videos on ‘How To’ create origami.

    The British Museum – Around the World Colouring Book
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Children to Adults
    Description: Get creative with your colouring pencils as you learn about different cultures and amazing objects!


    The Guggenheim Mystery
    Age: Young Adult
    Description: [Taken from Robin Stevens website]
    My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery.

    This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works.

    Editing to add:

    Recommendation by: Stacy Meteer‏ @Stacy_Meteer
    @WomenInTheArts has some great book options! Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls comes to mind. and, they have an adorable young feminist puzzle (which accompanies some young feminist books).

    If there are any you’d highly recommend please let me know!  

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