Beatrix Potter Exhibition, 8 March – 12 April
A 1903 edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit will go on display in the Selfridges London book department, as part of a special collection of Beatrix Potter original art, books and toys selected from the Frederick Warne & Co. archive. This is an opportunity to see unique items including a 1905 Steiff Peter Rabbit doll, together with an original Beatrix Potter pen-and-ink illustration of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck. Featuring 36 selected items, the exhibition includes: early editions of all 23 Original Tales, Beatrix Potter title page illustration for The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, bookplate design for the first trade edition of The Roly Poly Puddingand the1925 Farnell Jemima Puddle-duck doll. Over the Easter weekend there will also be storytelling events for children. For further information see: www.peterrabbit.com/www.selfridges.com
The YoungMinds Book Award
The award goes to the book which most helps young people aged 12+ cope with the stresses and challenges of growing up. The 2009 winner is A Perfect Ten by Chris Higgins (Hodder Children’s). The runners-up were The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman (Random House), Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy (Penguin Books), Bang, Bang, You’re Dead by Narinder Dhami (Random House), Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray (Definitions) and Without Looking Back by Tabitha Sazuma (Random House).