Baby keepsake book australia: ‘Botanica’ Baby Record Book for Girls – Peachly


‘Botanica’ Baby Record Book for Girls – Peachly

Transform fleeting moments into lasting memories with our Botanica Baby First Years’ Book

From first roll to first Tooth Fairy visits, having a little one to call your own is a magic-filled journey. Celebrating your bub’s arrival and “oh my gosh, did you see that” milestones, the Peachly Botanica Baby Record Book will follow your adventures together.

Filled with open-ended prompts, modern florals and a whole heap of TLC, this minimalist baby first years’ book will be a precious keepsake for years to come. Beautifully crafted, it’s your little handwritten legacy, sprinkled with all your favourite photos. Between naps and mealtime wars, this is a book you’ll be reaching for in the quiet, nostalgic moments.

All the goodies, zero fuss

No. of pages: 60 pages
Page size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Cover size: 9.75 x 11.25 inches
Materials: Grey linen cover, 200gsm heavyweight inner pages
UPC: 0008853147958

Inspired scribbles and magical moments, our baby record book lets you capture the wonder of bub’s first years

EASY TO FILL OUT: Guiding you through with simple, open-ended prompts, the Peachly Botanica baby book makes it easy peasy to record all of bub’s firsts and milestones – no need to rack your brain or write things “just because”. Everything is in chronological order to ensure all the important milestones are captured, leaving no memory forgotten. The book is divided into 4 separate sections: baby’s arrival, the first 12 months, milestones and firsts, and years 2 to 5. And if that’s not enough, we’ve included 5 blank pages at the end for you to fill out freely and joyfully.

FITS ALL PHOTO SIZES INCLUDING 4×6”: We know how tricky it is to find a baby milestone book that doesn’t cramp your style. Rather than limiting you to photos of specific sizes and orientation, our no-fuss baby book’s thoughtfully designed so you can stick in photos without cropping. Vertical or horizontal, square or rectangle, the Peachly book gives your creativity free reign.

EXQUISITE WORKMANSHIP: Peachly’s big on looks AND functionality. With a whole lot of TLC and fine craftsmanship, Peachly books will last a lifetime – it’ll be a few years yet, but imagine flipping through it with your little one for the first time! Just make sure you’ve got the tissues handy.

From the durable, A Grade linen cover, meticulously embossed with silver stamping, to the 200gsm heavyweight acid-free card stock inner pages (they are thick!) – all the materials used are of the highest standard.

DESIGNED FOR ALL FAMILIES (LGBTQ / ADOPTIVE-FAMILY FRIENDLY): Just like yours, no family’s one and the same. We’re all wonderfully unique in our own way. That’s why we designed our first years’ baby record book to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Rather than referencing “Mummy” and “Daddy”, we use all-inclusive prompts such as “our” and “we”. For example: instead of saying “Mummy and Daddy’s reactions to seeing you for the first time” the book uses “Our reactions to seeing you for the first time”. And instead of “How Mummy felt during labour”, we use “The story of your arrival”.

KEEPSAKE ENVELOPE: With memories come the gorgeous trinkets that you’ll want to store away for safekeeping. Don’t fret – we’ve included a super handy keepsake envelope (measuring 6 x 6 inches) to keep all your special little things, hospital bands, a lock of hair, important documents and so much more!

Go on, take a sneaky look inside! Click through the pages below for a full preview of the Peachly ‘Botanica’ baby record book.


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Baby diary book and pregnancy journals

I remember finding out I was pregnant like it was yesterday. So many thoughts going through my head and knowing that my life was going to change forever. Change in a positive way as we were welcoming a new baby into our family.

I knew straight away that I had to start preparing. Not only did I need to be organised I wanted to have a keepsake to look back on and recall what it was like being pregnant. I wanted to remember everything, the good, the bad, the ups, and the downs.

So one of the very first things I did was go out and buy a baby diary to record every detail of my pregnancy. And later it was one of the first accessories we add to our online store.

Pregnancy Record Books

I found the pregnancy memory books to be helpful. To keep all the information, resources, and appointments in one place. And these diaries are perfect for this.

Both these journals have the same internal pages yet have a different cover. The diaries are stylish and modern with the “9 months” book a beautiful mustard colour. While the “bump” diary has a natural linen hardcover.

To get an idea of what you can expect, we have listed the internal pages below. We have also added a few suggestions and comments on content you may wish to include.



Pregnancy Journal – 9 Months

The internal pages include ;

  • Congratulations – There is a section for you to include details on how you found out you are pregnant.

  • Advice – Once you’ve told a few people that you are pregnant the advice will start flowing in. “Don’t eat this, eat more of that, sleep a certain way, exercise like this” and the list goes on and on. There is an area where you can write down the advice you receive so you can do your research later.

  • Shopping list – Everyone will give you their thoughts on what you should be buying. There is room here to write your shopping list. If you need some inspiration or ideas we have written our own baby shopping list.
  • Names – Your family and friends will be quick to give you name suggestions. Or if you are like me you have been thinking about it for a while. There is a section to write both boys and girls’ names down. I also like looking back to see the name suggestions we were going to call our daughter. We ended up settling for Natalia.

  • Books to read and online resources – I don’t have many regrets during my pregnancy. Yet I do wish I had read up more and was a little more prepared for childbirth. There is an area in the diary to write down books or online resources you may wish to research. One such resource is the Ngala website.
  • Nursery plans – Planning your nursery is a huge task. As you will be spending a lot of time here it’s important to get it right. Write all your nursery plans in the space provided in the journal.

  • Birth plans – It’s nice to have a birth plan, even to compare how the actual birth was. Add a few notes on how you would like the birth to go.

  • Weeks 6 through to 40 – Here is where you will be adding the majority of your writing. There is a page per week where you can express how you are feeling. Include your cravings, your size updates and anything you would like to add. Some weeks even have a section where you can include photos. These could be a maternity shoot, personal shots, or even baby scans, the choice is up to you!

  • Welcome baby – Finally the moment you have been waiting for, to welcome your baby. You can include the time and date of when the baby was born. Also include the weight, length, and the hospital. You may even want to include a little message for them to read at a later date expressing how you are feeling.



Bump – Pregnancy diary

The diary makes for an amazing keepsake. You will be able to sit down at a later time with your child and relive everything about your pregnancy.

Both these pregnancy diaries are ideal pregnancy gifts. Either for a friend or family member who has found out they are pregnant. No need to wait until the baby shower to spoil your loved one!

I enjoyed writing in the journal, so it was only natural to continue after the birth of my daughter. So we included three extra books. These are the first year diary which comes in a linen box. And the first five year books which are available in grey and pink.


Baby Journal – Milestone Book

After birth, it can be a chaotic and lonely time. I was always such a busy person. Then all of a sudden I was at home with my baby while everyone else was at work. Writing in my diary helped me to express those feelings. As I had become accustomed to recording in my pregnancy journal I couldn’t wait to get started on my baby diary.

Below are the options we offer for you to record everything about your babies first’s and more.


Baby’s first year book

The baby journal — the first year is a linen hardcover diary with a gold embossed title and spine. It comes in a beautiful luxury linen box.



We have given an outline of the internal pages and some suggestions you may want to write in your baby’s first year book. They are many milestones and memories to record and this book has plenty of space to do it.


These include;

  • First baby photo – The photo you will look at the most for the rest of your life. And the one that you will share on every social media. You can include this first photo at the very start of the baby diary.

  • My parent — This is all about you! Add a little note about yourself and your partner. In a few years, you will look back and see how much you have changed.

  • My siblings — Perfect for adding information about any brothers or sisters.

  • My grandparents — Write a brief description of the grandparents. You may also want to include their hobbies or instead include a message from them to your baby boy or girl.

  • My uncles and aunts — Depending on the size of your family this could be a quick section to fill out. But, if you are like me, you would need another book. Add your uncles and aunts and if you wish you can include your complete extended family.

  • The first 9 months — If you didn’t write a journal when you were pregnant this section is for you. It’s the perfect place to include all the details about your pregnancy and the first 9 months of your baby’s life.

  • The birth — Everyone has a birth story. Some are crazy, some are normal but they are always unique and your own. Include your birth story here. Add details on when you first felt contractions or arriving at the hospital. The labour and finally welcoming your baby to the world.

  • First family photos – Another beautiful photo that you will cherish forever. Whether you have it professionally done or one taken yourself. Your first family photo will be an amazing keepsake.

  • My name — We love telling the story of how we came up with our daughters’ name (Natalia). Here is the perfect place to include a note on how you decided what to call your baby.

  • The year I was born — There are always significant events around the world that will happen in your baby’s birth year. Or they could be significant for you, either way, there is a section for the year your baby was born.

  • Welcome home – Following the chaos of the few days at the hospital I couldn’t wait to get home. It was such I relief to be in my own space. I loved showing my baby girl around her new home and her nursery. You can include a little note of your own to welcome your baby to their first home.

  • One to twelve months — The first year of your babies life will fly by with all the firsts and milestones they reach. Here you can write about anything you like. Their personality, interests, eating, friends, their development or even their naughty habits.

  • First birthday — Your babies first birthday is a memory you will cherish forever. Here, document the moment all your family and friends celebrated your babies first birthday. You could even let them celebrate in style with our “one” birthday bib.
  • First holiday — Write about your very first holiday together as a family. There is a section for you to include your travels and experiences for you to look back on.

  • Their First Christmas — Your babies first Christmas is always a special one. Your babies first Christmas will provide many joyful memories that you will cherish forever.

  • First haircut — Include a photo of their very first haircut. Add a brief description of where it took place or any other details you would like to include.

  • First steps — This is such a special moment you will want to remember. The day when they stood up by themselves and the first time they walked unassisted. Include who was there and where and when it took place.

  • Teeth — The day their very first baby tooth broke through will be something you would like to add to your journal. Hopefully, they won’t be a dribble monster and not suffer too many teething issues.

  • Parents wishes – Such a special section of the book. As parents, you can include messages for your baby boy or girl especially for them. You can include things about their health, languages, work, friends, travel, where they live, and their personality. The opportunities are endless.

  • A gift for me- This is my favourite part of the diary. Express your love and feelings for them to read when they are older.

This baby’s first year book makes for an amazing keepsake book. It gives you plenty of room to write details on your babies’ first year of life.


5 Year Baby Diary

Besides the first year baby milestone book, we offer the baby journal – birth to 5 years in both grey and pink.

The pink baby book keepsake is a beautiful light pink which is perfect for any little baby girl. While the grey baby book would be more suitable for a unisex, gender-neutral, or baby boy.

Like the one-year book, there is plenty of room to add information.

  • Photos

  • Parents

  • Siblings

  • Pregnancy

  • Baby shower

  • Birth

  • Name

  • The year I was born

  • Grandparents

  • Uncle and Aunts

  • The first 12 months

  • First birthday

  • First holiday

  • Their First Christmas

  • First haircut

  • First steps

  • Teeth

Besides the above, the first five years journal has room to write about;

  • Home and Pets – Describe a little about your home and any pets you may have. This is a great opportunity to talk about your little fur babies.

  • Hospital time – If you had your baby in the hospital here is the place to write about your stay and experience.

  • All my firsts- As well as the first steps, teeth, Christmas, and holidays a baby has many milestone firsts. For instance, the first time your baby crawled, rolled over, said words, or the first time they ate solids. This section is ideal for writing about those little milestones.

  • Funny things they said – When your baby starts talking they will say the most adorable things. Write these down as you will definitely want to remember these gorgeous moments.

  • 1- 5 Years – This seems to be when their personality starts to shine. You will start to notice what interests them. Things like sports, toys, friends, and relatives. Include anything you wish about the first five years of your babies life.

  • Pre School – Here you will be able to record everything about their preschool. The new games, the friends they meet, and all the things they learned.

  • Gift for me- Your beautiful words and memories will never be lost with this journal. The perfect baby keepsake book which you will be able to go through with your baby when they get older.

Baby Record Book – Grey and Pink

This baby journal birth to 5 years will be the gift that keeps on giving. You will be able to sit down with your child at any time and revisit all the precious memories. As they get older you can pass this on to them. In turn, they can pass it down from generation to generation.

Their future children will be able to read all about their mum and dad. They will also be able to see how things have changed since you were a baby.



Thank you for taking the time to read about the books and journals. I have enjoyed writing this piece so much. It has given me the opportunity to remember all the memories from pregnancy, birth to 5 years old.


This article was written by Luisa Figueroa – Mother to one daughter. Owner, designer, and maker of the My Little Love Heart product range. I have been working within the fashion industry for over 15 years and specialising in baby accessories for the last 5. My love of fashion has enabled me to work and study around the world.

Premature Baby Books & Journals – Miracle Mumma

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The baby milestone book for every family (+ free print)

Families come in all shapes and sizes: mum and dad, two mums, two dads, one mum, grandmum, uncle-dad – it’s a colourful kaleidoscope of broods.

That’s why our hearts skipped a beat when we leafed through the pages of this sublime baby milestone book. It’s been created to capture a child’s journey from bump to birth and beyond, regardless of who is in their tribe.

What we also adore is a freebie, and if you snap up the Along Came A Baby milestone book ($39.95) now, you’ll get a little something extra.

We are family

Those fleeting milestones, memories and moments of every day can easily be forgotten in the haze of nappies, nursing and naps. So, like your mum always told you, if you want to remember something, you should write it down!

Along Came A Baby is a beautifully curated keepsake journal, where you can record your feelings during pregnancy and also track your bub’s precious milestones – right up until their first day of school.

The contemporary style suits any gender, and works perfectly for every family – single parents, same sex couples, mums and dads. It’s a true celebration of diversity.

Making memories

This stunning book makes a pretty amazing baby shower gift, and mumma-to-be can start using it straight away to record all those things that baby brain makes you forget!

That first kick, those grainy ultrasounds, cravings and feelings: it’s all part of the journey, and it will all be beautifully recorded to share with your little one in the future.

For a limited time if you order an Along Came A Baby milestone book you also get a FREE ACAB Art Print, valued at $19. 95. The free print will be chosen at random and included in your order.

Get your copy from Along Came A Baby.

You don’t have to write things down to record memories, you can take photos too. Here are 15 essential photos you can capture yourself during your baby’s first week home.

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The easiest way to save memories

Qeepsake texts you questions about your child or pregnancy.

Save memories and milestones on the fly.

Then get a beautiful heirloom in your hands!

Your response and question are saved to your Qeepsake  journal for your child or pregnancy. 

Add spontaneous memories, photos, or milestones when they happen using the Qeepsake app or by texting Qeepsake.

Order a book each year or whenever you want, build out your child’s series of Qeepsake Books. Memories are preserved digitally for life.

Pages are printed on premium, bright white, archival quality, matte coated paper.

Helping parents capture, preserve, and cherish memories

When our first was born, we envisioned journaling every precious moment. But we soon realized how difficult it was to stay disciplined. So we created Qeepsake for ourselves, and now we’re excited to share it with the world.

The easiest way to capture, preserve, and cherish memories!

Empty baby book? 

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Use text messaging to store memories about your kids.

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An heirloom built to last

A series of books

Pages are printed on premium, bright white, archival quality, matte coated paper.

Order a book each year or whenever to build out your child’s series of Qeepsake books. They also make a great gift for grandparents.

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Qeepsake Founders

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90,000 Children’s literature Australia

Australian children’s books are part of the continent’s unique cultural traditions. Children’s books help to form consciousness, transmit cultural values ​​accumulated by generations, make it possible to convey the experience of ancestors, acquaint with the surrounding reality and prepare for life. The evolution of social relationships in society is also traced in the development of literature for children.

At the dawn of colonization, the children of British subjects read classical English literature.But by the end of the 19th, the beginning of the 20th century, literature began to emerge, including the experience of being on a special continent. Australian animals and people are increasingly becoming characters. After the end of World War II, a state program was created to support children’s literature. Libraries were opened, a children’s book council was formed, and many specialized bookstores were created.

Starting from the 60s of the twentieth century, publishers began to offer readers a variety of genres, the range of published books could satisfy the interest of even the most discerning consumer. By the beginning of the 70s of the last century, illustrated books for children were published in huge editions. Books about Indigenous Australians have become popular. Color printing became available, and therefore, a boom in printing of high-quality, illustrated children’s books began. The editions contained the best examples of graphic design and visual arts. By the mid-1980s, illustrated books accounted for more than half of all printed production. The last decade of the last century has sparked interest in books on multicultural issues.In the 21st century, and in Australia, as well as throughout the world, publications that blur the boundaries between children’s and adult literature are becoming the most popular. Wordless picture books appear.

Development of children’s literature in Australia

At the end of the 17th century, many adults did not think of childhood as a special time associated with their experiences, subtleties of perception of reality and special needs. It was believed that separate books for children could not exist. But the new century brought with a wind of change the understanding that children should have books that differ in content, language and way of presenting visualized information.With the development of mass printing technologies in Europe and America, authors appeared who create a separate, special literature for children.

In the early years of the colonization of Australia, at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, the children of the settlers read the books of the Old World. The earliest known children’s book, reflecting continental life, was written for her children by Charlotte Barton in 1841, A Message from a Mother to Her Children. Like other books of the time, the purpose of its creation was the need to educate children.

Charlotte Barton’s Address to Children

In Australia, the memory of Charlotte Barton, born back in 1796, is cherished. It is she who is considered the author of the first known children’s book published in Australia. Born in London, educated at a Kent County school, having mastered the proper sciences for the young ladies of the time, including music, painting and French, at the age of 15 she began her work as a governess. In 1826, Charlotte Barton, née Waring, arrived in New South Wales to take up the position of governess to the family of Hannibal Hawkins MacArthur.During her trip to Australia, Charlotte met her future husband. Having been married for a short 7 years and having given birth to four children, she became a widow. Re-marriage brought the girl only a lot of problems. She was destined to take part in long court battles, during which the issue of custody of her children was decided.

A Mother’s Address to Her Children: A Lady of New South Wales was published in 1841. It was a collection of educational stories written in the form of a dialogue between a mother and her children.The book emphasizes the importance of family conversation in home education. She covered topics ranging from geology and natural history to Australian Aboriginal customs and shipwrecks.

Children’s Novels Ethel Turner

Towards the end of the 19th century, Australian writers began to focus their efforts on stories describing the real experiences, everyday adventures of settlers who settled in Australia. This is a separate milestone in the children’s literature of the continent, with its own characters.

One of the most successful children’s novels of the time is Ethel Mary Turner’s 1894 “Seven Little Australians”.

The book tells about the adventures of seven children from the Australian Woolcott family, about their strict father-captain and young stepmother Esther, who cannot control their children in any way. The novel takes place in a suburb of Sydney. The book tells about the features of the acquisition of life experience by Australian children of that time. One of the children, disobedient Judy Woolcott, dies under the crown of a falling tree, and the tragedy affects and changes the whole family.The hot-tempered Captain Woolcot, whose prototype was the author’s stepfather, will never become an exemplary father, but under the influence of dire circumstances he tries to devote more time to his children.

The book was published not only in Australia but also in London. The first edition sold out in a matter of weeks. The book has been filmed many times, and Turner was awarded a number of prestigious literary awards and is considered one of the most beloved authors in Australia.

So, from teaching and instruction, Australian literature gradually moved to adventure novels for children.Mischief, youth, courage and optimism are highlighted as key characteristics of the inhabitants of the continent.

Legends and Tales

A book with retellings of legends, traditions and tales of the indigenous people of the continent for children was published in 1891. It contained stories demonstrating the mores and customs of the Australian aborigines. The book was aimed at the children of the settlers and contained an explanation of incomprehensible words and concepts of mainland culture.

Australian Legends Katherine Langloch Parker

In 1896 the book “Australian Legends” was published with a foreword by Andrew Lang, a famous British collector of folklore and fairy tales. The book was not intended for a children’s audience, but very soon it became popular with readers of all generations. Catherine grew up in New South Wales. There she began collecting stories of the local tribe, which were subsequently published in several volumes between 1896 and 1930. It is believed that such a reverent attitude towards the aborigines lies in the case from her childhood, when she was rescued from death in the river by local residents. Editions of Parker’s stories have been illustrated by Elizabeth Durek and Norah Haysen.For the 1901 edition, the collector herself made sketches of Aboriginal children. The books contain several inaccuracies in the description of the spiritual practices of the inhabitants of the continent, but in general, they give a fairly complete picture of folklore, culture and spiritual beliefs.

David Junipon’s Stories

No less significant literary heritage was left by the books about the legends of Australian aborigines by David Junipon. For fifty years, he traveled across southeastern Australia, combining work with lectures and sermons in churches and cathedrals of various faiths.During this time, David collected many unique tales, the manuscript of which was submitted for publication, but was resold to anthropologist William Ramsay Smith. Smith published it under his own name in 1930 as Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines. Only in 2001 was the book published under the name of the real author.

Children’s Stories Katherine Berndt

The remarkable book Land of the Rainbow Serpent was published in 1979. It contains children’s stories and songs from Western Arnhem Land.Twenty-seven traditional fairy tales of the inhabitants of the outskirts of the mainland have been translated from the language of local tribes. Fascinating stories of boys turning into fish, a wild woman with her giant dog, going in search of people to satisfy their hunger, and many other original tales are hidden in this cleverly illustrated book.

90,000 50 Australian Novels Everyone Should Read (Australian Literature Part 1) I have been living in Australia for more than a year (first in Sydney, and now in Melbourne), which is what our blog and my husband’s blog (and my Instagram) are about.

As you can already understand, reading is my passion, and when I came across a list of 90,053 50 Australian novels that everyone should read , I could not pass it by. This list was compiled in 2011 by an Australian online bookstore (like the ozone store in Russia) on its blog.

I don’t know about you, but I have already added all the books to my book list, as I have read only one of them (The Book Thief). Much of it is devoted to the theme of Australian life in different periods of “settlement”, as well as the “Aboriginal question”.For those who want to know a little more about how Australia was settled, you definitely need to read a few books from the list. For convenience, I have compiled two selections on LiveLib – list of English books and list of translated .

1. Cloudstreet, Tim Winton | Cloud Street (Cloud Street) by Tim Winton | not translated | 1991 |

The story of two Australian families who run from the wilderness to the city and try to start life anew on the street called Cloudy, sharing successes and failures, laughter and tears.It is a family saga that spans twenty years.

Tim Winton is an Australian writer whose Music of Mud won the Booker Prize and received many other literary awards for other works, including four times the Miles Franklin Prize. A series based on the novel “Cloudy Street” has been filmed.

2. Picnic at Hanging Rock, Joan Lindsay | Hanging Rock Picnic by Joan Lindsay | not translated | 1967 |

The story of the disappearance of a schoolgirl and a girls’ school teacher on the day they went on a picnic at Hanging Rock.After the picnic, only one schoolgirl who has lost her memory will return. The novel takes place in 1900.

The novel was first published in 1967 and at first did not make any impression, but after the film of the same name (a very free film adaptation), the book became very popular, despite its complex and flowery language. The Hanging Rock, by the way, is the real-life rock “Diogenes” 70 km north-west of Melbourne.

3.The Book Thief, Markus Zusak | The Book Thief, Markus Zusak | translated | 2005 |

Probably one of the most famous modern novels, they began to pay special attention to it after the film of the same name.

The novel takes place in Germany, starting in January 1939. The story is told from the perspective of Death, and she tells about little Liesel, who begins to find and steal books, and this story unfolds against the backdrop of war, deaths, persecution of Jews and other terrible events of that time.In the epilogue, Liesel, being married and already an elderly woman, lives in Sydney.

“The Book Thief” is the only book from the entire list that I have read before.

4. Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner | Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner | not translated | 1894 |

The novel “Seven Little Australians” is considered a classic of Australian children’s literature. The complete handwritten text has been digitized and is now available at the NSW State Library.Ethel Turner came with her family to Australia at the age of 8, began writing in 1890. This novel became Ethel’s most famous work (although she wrote a lot), it drew critical objections, mainly because it did not correspond to the 19th century ideas about children’s literature. but enjoyed tremendous success both in Australia and abroad. The novel is part of a trilogy; the second book is called The Family at Misrule (the story of the same family five years later), the third is Little Mother Meg (the story of the motherhood of the eldest child from the Woolcott family).

The novel is about the Australian Woolcott family, which has seven mischievous and naughty children. A 1939 film was filmed based on the novel, as well as two TV series (England and Australia). It is also noteworthy that this book in 1994 was the only one that was written by an Australian and which has been continuously published for over a hundred years.

5. My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin | My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin | not translated | 1901 |

My illustrious career is an autobiographical novel, the first of many written by Miles Franklin.Miles was one of Australia’s greatest writers of her day.

The novel was written when Miles was a teenager as entertainment for friends. Miles had to withdraw his novel from print as it became very popular and its characters were easy to guess, as was the lifestyle of small farms in New South Wales. It was not published again until after her death. The book has a sequel, My Career Goes Bung, but did not print until 1946.

The end of the 19th century, the main character, Sibylla, a creative, stubborn girl, lives with her parents in the Australian bush and dreams of becoming a writer.The drought and a series of bad business decisions are forcing her family to need, which causes her father to drink. Mother invites her to become a servant, but the girl receives a letter from her grandmother with an invitation to move to live with her. There she meets young Harold, who soon invites the girl to marry him. But the circumstances are such that Sibylla has to go to work as a governess in the house of an almost illiterate neighbor, after which she returns home.

6. The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas | Slap in the face, Christ Tsiolkas | translated | 2008 | A three-year-old boy, Hugo, behaves disgustingly without any interference from his parents during a barbecue in the suburbs of Melbourne.Harry, the owner’s cousin, punches the boy in the face for hurting Harry’s son, Rocco. This incident makes everyone present begin to understand and everyone sees the situation only from their side.

The story is told by each of the eight “adult” BBQ participants (from two 12th grade students to 70th male, four male and four female) in a separate chapter and in chronological order.

The author was born and raised in Melbourne into a family of Greek immigrants.Based on the book, two TV series were filmed, American and Australian.

7. My Brother Jack, George Johnston | My Brother Jack, George Johnson | not translated | 1964 |

A classic Australian novel, taught in schools and universities, the first book in a trilogy about David Meredith, whose childhood and adolescence falls on the interwar years of the 20th century in Melbourne, and his journalistic career began during the Second World War.

David constantly compares himself to his older and more Australian brother Jack.The novel can be called a chronicle of the life of an ordinary Australian boy in the interwar years. Jack is a nice but rude man, uneducated but hardworking, decent, who grew up during the Great Depression. David has a good and visible career as a journalist, although David’s personal life is not like Ozzy Jack’s hard-working life.

Jack is an archetype of Australian men in post-colonial times that has all but disappeared during Australia’s “modernization”. The second and third books of the trilogy are called Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay.The 2001 Australian TV series was based on the book.

8. The Magic Pudding: Being The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff, Norman Lindsay | Magic Pudding, or Gummy’s Bizarre Adventure, Gag, Swing and Bitten, Norman Lindsay | translated | 1918 |

The first Australian children’s book from 1918 is a tale about the incredible adventures of an anthropomorphic koala and his friends – Sam the penguin and Bill the sailor, owners of a magic pudding that never shrinks no matter how much you eat it.The name of the pudding is Albert, and it has a nasty demeanor and a disgusting disposition that causes a lot of trouble for its owners. The villains Opossum and Wombat are hunting for pudding. The original illustrations of the tale can be seen in the NSW State Library.

9. The Harp in the South, Ruth Park | Irishman South, Ruth Park | not translated | 1948 |

The author’s first novel about life in the Irish slums of Sydney.The book was highly praised by critics, but readers found it too frank (and did not want to admit that such a slum existed; although Ruth and her husband lived in them for a while).

The book is part of a trilogy (Ruth first published the second part in 1948, then the sequel, i.e. the third part, in 1949, and then published the prequel, i.e. the first part in 1985)

On the Russian-language Internet with no too long search is only information that Ruth Park wrote the fairy tale “Clueless Wombat”, which was filmed in 1991.

10. The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead | The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead | not translated | 1940 |

A novel about a dysfunctional family where everyone hates each other, despises and “loves” as much as they can. The novel was originally set in Sydney, but then the writer changed the setting to Washington for American readers.

The first publication of the novel was in 1940 and went unnoticed, the second edition in 1965 became widely known with an enthusiastic article by the American poet Randall Jarell.The novel was included in the list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, written between 1923 and 2005.

Christina Stead was born in 1902 in Rockdale, Australia, lived for a long time in England, Europe, USA, and in 1974 returned to Sydney. Due to her adherence to radical views, she was not accepted by either her family or the literary society of Australia. Her books were not published in her homeland until the mid-1960s, as they “undermined public morality.”

11. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks | Year of Miracles by Geraldine Brooks | translated | 2001 |

International bestseller, historical novel.The book is about the woman Anna Frith, whose village was attacked by the plague. The novel is based on the history of the village of Derbyshire, which was quarantined in 1666 to prevent the spread of the plague.

The novel begins with Anna taking a guest, a tailor, into her house. Shortly after receiving a parcel of fabrics from London, the tailor falls ill. He asks Anna to burn all of his belongings, but after his death, clients appear demanding orders. This is how the plague begins to spread. The village is quarantined, and Anna becomes a nurse.

Brooks was born in Sydney, Australia in 1955, but has been a US citizen since 2002. Pulitzer Prize Winner for his novel March.

12. For the Term of His Natural Life, Marcus Clarke | To Life Exile, Marcus Clark | translated | 1870-1872 |

To Life Exile is a novel about the life of exiles in Port Melbourne, Tasmania in the early 19th century, which was first published in a magazine and then as a separate book. The main character, Rufus, is sentenced to exile for a murder that he did not commit.

Marcus Clark was born in 1846 in London, emigrated to Australia as a young man, died in Melbourne in 1881, having lived only 35 years.

This book focuses on the abuse of prisoners and their living and working conditions.

13. I Can Jump Puddles, Alan Marshall | I Can Jump Over Puddles, Alan Marshall | translated | 1955 |

Autobiographical novel by Alan Marshall, a picture of the life of Australia in the early 20th century. The hero of the story, Alan, is the son of a wild horse buster.From an early age, Alan dreams of becoming the same as his father, but after a serious illness his legs cease to serve him.

Marshall’s father is a second generation Australian. At the age of 6, Marshall fell ill with infantile paralysis, which made him disabled for life. Overcoming the mental trauma caused by the consequences of the disease became the theme of Marshall’s autobiographical trilogy “I Can Leap Over Puddles” (1955), “This is Grass” (1962), “In My Heart” (1963).

14. Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey | Jasper Johns, Craig Silvey | 2009 | not translated |

Charlie, a 13-year-old antisocial nerd, lives his life in a small mining town in Western Australia in 1965, until one night he is woken up by Jasper Johns, who asks him to go into the woods with him.

Craig Silvey was born in 1982 and now lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. He published his first novel in 2004, and in 2005 he was named one of the best young authors.

15. Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy | Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy | 1950 | translated |

Hardy’s first major work tracing the story of a man who achieved wealth and fame through bribery, political deception and violence. The novel is based on the life of Melbourne businessman John Wren.

Hardy – Australian novelist, publicist, playwright, born in 1917. He began his literary career in 1944 with stories and articles about the life of Australian workers.

16. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Thomas Keneally | Song of Jimmy Blacksmith, Thomas Kenally | 1972 | not translated |

A book about racism and violence in Australia. Kennelly recreates an episode from the history of the Australian state of New South Wales when an aborigine, driven to a frenzy by the treatment of whites, becomes a murderer.

The same author wrote Schindler’s List.

Thomas Kenally is an Australian novelist and playwright. Was born in 1935 in Sydney. Kennelly has authored a number of documentaries about Australia, as well as The Bush Boy’s Home: Memories. Kennelly has received many awards and prizes, the most honorable of which is the Order of Australia, which he received in 1983 “for services to literature.”

17. The Spare Room, Helen Garner | Empty Room by Helen Garner | 2008 | not translated |

Helen offers a spare room at her home to an old friend who is fighting cancer.These few weeks will change the lives of both women.

Helen was born in 1942 in Victoria. She worked as a teacher until she was fired because of an “unplanned sex education lesson” to a 13th student, which has become widespread. In 2006 she won the Melbourne City Prize for Literature.

18. The Getting of Wisdom, Handel Richardson | Finding Wisdom, Handel Richardson | 1910 | not translated |

The novel describes the lives of girls at a boarding college in Melbourne.One of the main characters – Laura – is from a poor family, when all the other students are from wealthy people. The novel describes the desire to “fit” into the team, fear of condemnation, awkwardness for their family and origins. The classic story that “you cannot sit with us at the same table.”

Australian Ethel Florence Lindsay Richardson wrote under a male pseudonym. She graduated from college in Melbourne, received her musical education in Leipzig. From 1888 she lived in Europe. She returned to Australia in 1912 to work on a book, but then left for England.She was an ardent suffragette. The famous writer Iris Murdoch is Handel’s relative.

19. The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay | The Power of One, Bruce Courtenay | 1989 | not translated |

The book is set in the 1940s. in South Africa. The novel is built in the form of memories of the childhood of a seven-year-old boy who received the nickname Pikey (from his initials P.K.). Pikey comes from a family of English settlers, but grows up under the tutelage of a Zulu nanny, is raised in a boarding school, and then goes in search of his family.

Bruce Courtenay was born in 1933 in South Africa, but has Australian citizenship, having emigrated to Sydney with his wife in 1958.

Courtenay was one of Australia’s most commercially successful authors. Despite this, only one book (The Power of One) has been published in the United States.

20. Eucalyptus, Murray Bail | Eucalyptus, Murray Bale | 1998 | translated |

Once, a certain Holland planted a lot of eucalyptus trees on his estate in New South Wales and announced that he would give his daughter only to someone who can correctly recognize all the hundreds of varieties of this green symbol of Australia.And while one boyfriend after another is eliminated, a tramp accidentally met by a girl tells her story after story – about unfulfilled opportunities, about lost love.

Australian writer. Born September 22, 1941 in Adelaide, currently lives in Sydney. Most famous is his novel “Eucalyptus”, which won the 1999 Miles Franklin Prize (the prize is awarded for the best work by an Australian author about Australia) and several other prizes.

21. True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey | The True Story of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey | 2000 | translated |

The book is dedicated to Ned Kelly, an Australian robber who robbed banks and killed police officers.The stories and legends about the exploits of Ned Kelly, where he is described as a “noble robber”, appeared during his lifetime and became an integral part of Australian folklore. Someone considers him a murderer, and someone – a symbol of resistance to the colonial authorities.

Peter Carey received the Booker Prize in 2001 for this novel.

22. The Broken Shore, Peter Temple | Broken Shore by Peter Temple | 2005 | translated |

Not far from the quiet seaside town of Port Monroe, an elderly entrepreneur, respected member of society and renowned benefactor Charles Burgoyne was mortally wounded in his own mansion.The investigation is led by police detective Joe Cashin, who leads a quiet, almost reclusive life in his hometown after leaving the state police homicide department, where he was seriously injured and lost his partner. Investigations lead Kashin and his colleagues to three boys from the “black” district of Dount, in whose accusation the local authorities are interested; an attempt to stop them ends up unexpectedly bloody.

Broken Shore is a crime novel that has won a number of prestigious literary awards, incl.h. “Duncan Lowry’s Dagger” (the largest detective award in the English-speaking world), “Australian Publishers Association Award” (“Australian Booker”).

23. We of the Never Never, Jeannie / Aeneas Gunn | 1908 | not translated |

An autobiographical novel and the second book of the writer dedicated to the time spent by Ginny in the Northern Territories.

Jeannie Gunn is an Australian writer and teacher who was born in 1870 in Melbourne. She wrote The Little Black Princess: A True Story in Never-Never Land, published in 1905 (chronicle of the childhood of Beth Beth, a native Australian woman).By 1931, Ginny had become the third most popular Australian author after Marcus Clark and Rolf Baldrwood.

24. The Bodysurfers, Robert Drewe | Robert Drew | 2009 | not translated |

How the life of three generations of the Lang family changed among the waves and sand of the Australian beach – an Australian classic, a collection of stories.

In Russian, The Bodysurfers are not mentioned at all, except for one quote from the author: “Many Australians of the last three generations have had their first sexual experience on the seashore.So, is it any wonder that sex and the sea remain inseparable in their memory for the rest of their lives, which is why for Australians the beach is always associated with carnal pleasure. “

25. Tirra Lirra By the River, Jessica Anderson | Tyrra- Learra by the River, Jessica Anderson | 1978 | not translated |

The most famous novel of the writer, the fourth in a row. The title was taken from Tennyson’s ballad “The Shallot Sorceress.” is a series of shoots.She ran away from her family by getting married; she is fleeing from a selfish husband, leaving for London to find myself and become what she wants to be. Or not?

The novel is included in the list of “200 best novels in English since 1950”.

26. Shiralee, Darcy Niland | Shirali, D’Arcy Nyland | 1955 | translated |

The novel “Shirali” tells the story of Jim McAuley and his daughter’s wanderings along the roads of Australia. The reader is presented with colorful Australian landscapes, true pictures of life in cities and villages.

“Shirali” is the Australian name for a special backpack that contains everything you need on the road. This name was given to the novel for a reason, since the protagonist of the novel has 2 burdens on his shoulders: the first is the backpack itself, the second is the child whom he put on his shoulders, taking him away from his mother, thereby taking revenge on his wife for treason as much as possible.

27. The Boat, Nam Le | Boat, Nam Lee | 2008 | not translated |

The Boat is a collection of short stories, seven stories in total, that happened all over the world, from the United States to Vietnam, Australia and Hiroshima.Each story sanctifies a turning point in each hero’s life.

Nam Lee, born in 1978, moved to Australia with his Vietnamese refugee parents. Worked as a corporate lawyer. His first story was published in 2006.

28. The Secret River, Kate Grenville | The Secret River, Keith Grenville | 2005 | not translated |

Dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, The Secret River details the conviction and exile of William Thornhill, his pregnant wife Sal, and young son to the New South Wales colony, “for life until natural death.” …Thornhill was arrested and found guilty in England for attempting to steal “a few pieces” from a cargo of valuable Brazilian timber.

The title of the book is taken from the phrase of the anthropologist W. Stanner: “The secret river of blood in the history of Australia” – given in a lecture in 1968 to define the genocide of the British colonialists against the Aborigines and the subsequent historical silence about these shameful events.

29. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough | The Thorn Birds, Colin McCullough | translated |

The story begins in 1915 and spans half a century.The book is divided into seven parts, each of which reveals the character of one of the main characters. The plot focuses on the life of the Cleary family, who have made their way from New Zealand’s poor to the stewards of one of the largest Australian estates, Drogheda.

First published 1977. The writer was born in Wellington (New South Wales), then lived in Sydney. She studied to be a neuropsychologist. In 1983, a television series of the same name was released based on the novel, and a film in 1996.

30. Ride On Stranger, Kylie Tennant | 1943 | not translated |

“The civilization is sick and gets worse every day.”

A satirical, harsh and gorgeous novel about Shannon, a dreamer and idealist who arrives in Sydney before World War II. She changes one job for another, one passion for another, spreads her wings, and eventually returns to the city of her childhood.

31. Ice Station, Matthew Reilly | Polar Station, Matthew Reilly | 1998 | translated |

At a remote American polar station in Antarctica, a team of scientists have made a startling discovery.Something incredible was discovered in the ice sheet, which is about 400 million years old, buried deep in the ice mass. Something that got there in an incomprehensible way. It is a worldwide sensation, a discovery of the greatest significance.

Under the command of the enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a US Marine Rapid Response Squad is deployed to the station to protect the extraordinary find in the interests of their homeland. Meanwhile, other countries are also interested in it and are ready to achieve their goal at any cost.

32. Voss, Patrick White | Voss, Patrick White | 1957 | not translated |

The author’s fifth novel is based on the life of the 19th century Prussian explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leuhart, who disappeared during an expedition to the Australian outback.

33. Maestro, Peter Goldsworthy | 1989 | not translated |

In small Darwin in northern Australia, a young southerner meets the Maestro, a Viennese refugee with a dark past. The reason for the meeting is piano lessons.

34. Gould’s Book of Fish, Richard Flanagan | Gould’s Book of Fish, Richard Flanagan | 2001 | translated |

An unemployed Tasmanian finds an amazing book in a junk shop that takes him to the 19th century, to the cruel and fantastic reality of the island convict settlement of Sara Island off the coast of Van Diemen Land (now Tasmania).

35. Praise, Andrew McGahan | 2005 | not translated |

A frank and black-humored novel about the lives of young people in Australia in the 90s.A time when unemployment benefits were easier to get than a job, and ambition was the dirtiest word.

36. Dog Boy, Eva Hornung | Dog Boy, Eva Hornung | 2010 | translated |

Moscow. Our days. Little Rommie is left alone in an abandoned house. Having eaten all the supplies found in the buffet, he gets dressed and goes out into the street. Passers-by ignore him. Rommie sees a beautiful large dog and follows her. So he gets into a pack of dogs.Time passes, and the boy becomes his own among the feral dogs.

But will it always be so? ..

37. The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony, Hal Porter | Cast Iron Balcony Observer, Hal Porter | 1963 | not translated |

The author’s memoirs are considered an Australian masterpiece. Born in Victoria in 1911, he worked as a teacher, librarian and journalist.

Before World War II, he had a car accident and was unable to join the army.The first novel was published in 1942 and by the 1960s Hal is fully engaged in writing.

38. After America, John Birmingham | After America, John Birmingham | 2010 | not translated |

The world changes forever as a monstrous wave of energy sweeps across North America, wiping out 99% of the population. The United States is in ruins and chaos is spreading throughout the world. Now, as the remnants of the American government are trying to revive the nation, pirate gangs and foreign militias are indulging in robbery in the lawless wastelands, and even the president is fair prey.

39. Butterfly, Sonya Hartnett | Butterfly, Sonya Hartnett | 2009 | not translated |

On the cusp of her fourteenth birthday, Plum is confident that her life will change. She finds herself a friend in the person of a beautiful married neighbor, Maureen. A neighbor is cheating on her husband with Plum’s older brother, Justin. And it is Maureen who will help Plum cope with all the difficulties of her age.

40. A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz | Part of a Whole, Steve Toltz | 2008 | translated |

Adventure is funny and dangerous.

Love is passionate to self-destruction.

The pain of loss – and the willpower that can make you start over and over again.

This is the life of brothers Terry and Martin, who love and hate each other at the same time. They protect and lose their beloved women, betray and become victims of betrayal, go through many adventures. They dream of being successful and getting rich. And also – to finally become happy.

41. Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven Amsterdam | Unexpected Things, Stephen Amsterdam | 2009 | not translated |

On the troubling eve of the millennium, the car is packed to capacity.The family flees the city in a fit of panic and paranoia. The journey spans decades.

42. It’s Raining in Mango, Thea Astley | 2010 | not translated |

Having snatched his family out of 19th century Sydney, Cornelius is transported from to northern Queensland, where thousands of hopeful people are trying to find gold. This is an unforgettable story about the other side of Australia.

43. White Gardenia, Belinda Alexandra | White Gardenia, Belinda Alexandra | 2005 | translated |

Anya Kozlova, the daughter of White emigrants, was left without parents at the age of 13 and miraculously escaped repression.Her father compared her to a gardenia – a fragile flower of magical beauty that requires care and attention. However, the young woman shows enviable courage and resilience in the face of life’s adversities. She runs a luxurious nightclub in Shanghai with equal dignity and works as a waitress in Australia, where fate has thrown her. Neither her husband’s meanness nor the pain of loneliness broke her. She lives in the hope of finding her mother, for there is no bond stronger than the bond between mother and child.

44.Ransom, David Malouf | 2009 | not translated |

New reading of Homer’s Iliad.

45. The Timeless Land, Eleanor Dark | Timeless Earth, Elinor Dark | 1941 | not translated |

The first book in a trilogy of the same name, dedicated to the European colonization of Australia.

The story is told from the perspective of the Aborigines and the British. The novel begins with two Aboriginal people watching the First Fleet arrive in Sydney Harbor on January 26, 1788.

The novel describes the early years of colonization and vengeful diplomacy of Captain Arthur Philip, famine and disease plaguing the indigenous people of Australia.

46. I Came To Say Goodbye, Caroline Overington | I came to say goodbye, Caroline Overington | 2011 | translated |

The doctors mistook her for a young mother returning for her child, and they were right. Partly … She put the baby in her shopping bag, walked to the parking lot and got into the car.At this, the recording from the CCTV camera ends …

To kidnap a child straight from the hospital – what prompted this woman to take such a desperate step? If the maternal instinct, then why is she approaching with her precious burden to the edge of the abyss?

47. Diamond Dove, Adrian Hylands | 2010 | not translated |

Adrian has two novels about the main character, detective Emily Tempest. Emily returned from school to her hometown, which is home to both Aboriginal and “white”, and she has to start an investigation into the brutal murder of her friend.

48. Disco Boy, Dominic Knight |

The novel is about modern young people who pass their lives through their fingers, always putting everything aside “for later.”

49. Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Kerry Greenwood | Snow Blues, Kerry Greenwood | 2005 | translated |

“Ironic Detective” about the investigations of “Australian Miss Marple” in the 1920s.

Green-eyed aristocrat Phryne Fischer, who lived in the 1920s, was bored with the monotonous London life with its endless receptions and dinner parties.She decided that it would be much funnier to try herself as Australia’s first female detective. Almost immediately after arriving in Melbourne, Phryne finds herself in a whirlpool of adventure: poisoned wives, drug dealers, communists, bribed police officers … and, of course, love!

50. Last Summer, Kylie Ladd | Last Summer, Kylie Ladd | not translated | 2011 |

Rory had everything – looks, talent, charisma; everything you need for a cool guy, party star and loving father and husband.But after the tragedy that happened one summer day … A novel about the loss of a husband, friend and brother, and how modern Australians live, love and suffer.

90,000 world of childhood XIX – early XX century

Report from the opening of the exhibition
Report from the closing of the exhibition

From October 23, 2018 to March 3, 2019, the exhibition “Books of the Old House: the World of Childhood of the 19th – early 20th centuries” is being held in the Ivanovsky Hall of the Russian State Library. An amazing exhibition-game, exhibition-quest, which carries over to 1918, will be interesting for both adults and children.

The exhibition presents a pre-revolutionary children’s book and periodicals in Russian and the main European languages ​​from the collection of the Russian State Library, as well as paintings of the 19th – early 20th centuries from the collection of the Novgorod Museum-Reserve. The publications and paintings are complemented by objects that have shaped children’s perception of the world and are able to tell about interests, learning, entertainment, family values ​​and traditions.

The Russian State Library appears to the general public as a serious scientific organization focused exclusively on scientists and researchers.But few people know that the funds of the country’s largest national library contain many books showing the entire history of children’s literature – from the first moralizing stories of the 19th century to 3D editions of our days.

Saving children’s books is difficult: they are passed down from generation to generation, they are placed under the pillow, read in the garden, while eating, or secretly under the covers. Therefore, the older the books, the more rare they are. The exposition, in addition to books, included many periodicals for children, and – an amazing rarity! – attachments to them.

The project “Books of the Old House” takes over 100 years ago, to an old manor house, similar to the one that Alexander Benois painted on a sheet with the letter “D” in the “Alphabet in Pictures”, invented by the artist for his little son Kolya in 1904. Where its inhabitants disappeared, one can only guess. But the memory remained in the house, preserved in books, portraits, toys. The books living in the rooms tell not about the history of pre-revolutionary children’s literature, but about what the representatives of three generations of a large family read, loved and kept.Books were able to preserve what their owners dreamed of, what inspired, what was important and valuable for each individually and for all together.

Moving from room to room, visitors to the exhibition will get acquainted with the best publications for children of the 19th – early 20th centuries and see how the attitude towards children’s literature changed, how the opposition developed between edifying realistic prose, which protected young readers from vice and dangers, and books that immersed into the world of fairy tales and dreams, adventures, humor.Alexander Benois, who created the ABC in Pictures, became the prototype of the Pope in the imaginary family of our house, and his book will be a guide through the exhibition.

It is no coincidence that the exhibition takes place in 2018 – on the centenary of the execution of the royal family. In the Chamber of Secrets, visitors will see children’s books taken by the family of the last Russian emperor with them to exile in Tobolsk. The books that were with their owners until the last days of their lives ended up in the collections of the Lenin Library.

The exposition includes books from the personal library of the great-grandmother of Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the first children’s “horror film” “Step-Rag” by Heinrich Hoffmann, luxurious publications of the Art Nouveau era and a handwritten “Our magazine” created by children and published by their parents-artists, a book – grotesque “Adventures of Christian Christianovich Violdamur and his Arshet”, written by Vladimir Dal under the pseudonym Kazak Lugansky, and children’s magazines “Firefly”, “Path”, “Snowdrop”, “Heartfelt Word”, “Galchenok” and others.

The subject world of the exhibition is very interesting and gives an opportunity to look into the lives of children of the 19th – early 20th centuries. Visitors will see authentic photographs, portraits, children’s drawings, board games, crafts, educational materials on handicrafts, crafts, sciences, arts, postcards and even chocolate wrappers. The exhibition brings together history and modernity. As part of the educational program for children, master classes will be held, the participants of which will become familiar with what their peers were fond of a hundred years ago, and lectures and excursions will make it possible to understand that the book, not only in the past, but also in the present, is an integral part of a warm family home.

You can get acquainted with the exposition in detail with the augmented reality guide – the ARTEFACT mobile application. It is available in two languages. It can be downloaded to a mobile phone or tablet on the website.

RSL partners are the State United Novgorod Museum-Reserve and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Project manager – Natalia Samoilenko (RSL), exhibition curators – Olga Sinitsyna and Marina Chestnykh (RSL), designer – Yulia Napolova, coordinator – Anastasia Perevezentseva (RSL).





Publications before opening

Publications after opening

15 children’s books about architecture and urbanism – Strelka Mag

Culturologist Masha Goncharova, author of the instablog “Knigobrazie” , has collected fifteen books published in Russian that will help to educate a child’s conscious attitude to the city and curiosity about architecture and the arrangement of the buildings around us.

Incredibly stylishly illustrated ode to the profession

Hector from infancy invents and erects structures, and he does it from all available means. A tower of diapers – please, fruit temples – easily, an arch of pancakes for dad for his birthday – nothing could be easier! Parents do not support their son’s hobby, but do not hinder him in any way. But the school teacher does not accept architecture in any form (spoiler: it’s all about childhood trauma), and does not approve of her student’s zeal.But, of course, events unfold in such a way that Hector’s unique talent becomes the only solution to a seemingly hopeless situation (during a campaign, the class gets stuck on an island due to the fact that a bridge collapsed). And this is how the child manages to defend his hobby by deed and demonstrate the importance of faith in himself, in imagination and fantasy.


Andrea Beti, David Roberts. Career Press, 2017

“Gorodok” (a series of five books)

A picture book for the little ones with a million little things about an ideal city for life

Everything here works for the benefit of people, especially public spaces …The main square is not filled with military parades, but festivals, fairs, holidays, fun and simple good-neighborly communication. Residents from the suburbs rush to the center, together with them we cross the city from edge to edge. And we see that the function of each place is clearly thought out. Improvement here takes place on demand and meets human, not bureaucratic needs. The town is ruled by good nature and tolerance, mutual assistance and awareness. For example, solar panels are being installed on the roof of a future kindergarten.It turns out a utopian example of a place where it is convenient to live for representatives of all groups of the population. In Gorodok, it is equally comfortable for the disabled, and the elderly, and mothers with babies, and people with skin of a different color, children, cats, cyclists.


Rotraut Susanna Berner. Scooter, 2017

Life in a big city, prepared in great detail and in all aspects

This section shows both the water supply system, the transformation of a tree into a book, the work of firefighters and the construction of a highway.This is a world order described in a simple and understandable language even for little ones: a detailed explanation of the stages of generating electricity, clothes and buns. In every story, there is always some funny moment: either the bakers used too much yeast, and the bread turned out to be so gigantic that you could drown in it, then the workers thought of carrying the rolls of finished fabric on their heads to the factory – an ideal hit in the children’s sense of humor! This is also the first story about the economy, where the logical looping of actions is so important for understanding: here the goat sold vegetables from the farm – bought a new suit, saved up money – bought a tractor – grew even more vegetables.

There are several separate plots inside. For example, how a house is built – from the engineering structure, materials and communications to the inclusion of all specialists in the process and an explanation of its functions. Of course, in the City of Good Deeds there is an atmosphere of ideal good neighborliness, so in the finale everyone is going to have fun at a real backyard party with hot dogs and lemonade! But as you read, keep in mind that Scarry invented his Busy Town in the sixties (salespeople go to their homes, the bank is the safest place to keep money, and mom’s job is to be a housewife), and since then something has changed.

If this book is great to read with four- and five-year-olds, then those who are younger can start with “From morning till night in the city of good deeds”: the plots are not so multi-level, and the illustrations are larger.


The City of Good Deeds, Richard Scarry. Career Press, 2017


“From morning till night in the city of good deeds”, Richard Scarry. Career-press, 2014

Manifesto of conscious consumption and additional confirmation that the concept of anthropocentrism is not only outdated, but also extremely destructive for our world

Inside, there is not only a long list of all possible environmental disasters and terrible statistics (which is she will probably want to dub it alarmist), but also inspiring stories, as well as very specific recommendations, guided by which, you can begin to correct a sad situation right now.

“We take a lot for granted and do not know where the things that surround us come from every day.” Things are not just things (hello to Dejan Sudzhych), this is how the author’s message can be formulated in a simplified and short manner. Fife, with pedantic methodicality, analyzes where they come from and where, having become unnecessary, an outdated phone, a boring T-shirt and a half-eaten sandwich are sent. Harmoniously, the simplest principles of conscious consumption are introduced here, for example, the rule of three Ps (recycle, reuse and reduce consumption) or the concept of the “seventh generation” (how the decisions we make today will affect our descendants).It’s great that the call to action here is not given through prohibitions, but through alternatives that can infect a child. After all, now nothing prevents you from choosing children’s books from recycled paper, turning off the water while brushing your teeth, choosing local products and not buying unnecessary clothes.


Eric Fife. Walking into history, 2017

A modern tale about the theory of small matters in action

In the bleak winter landscapes of the monochrome city, the girl Annabelle finds a box of yarn.Having knitted a sweater out of it for herself, and then three more, the girl discovers that the wool has not ended: it’s magic. And Annabelle supplies sweaters not only to the townspeople, but to all the animals in the city. Dress up all buildings and objects in bright clothes. The hitherto gloomy and unremarkable city becomes special and cozy. The idyll is broken by a fashionable foreign duke who wants to buy a magic chest at all costs. Annabelle does not agree, the coveted chest is stolen by the duke, but in his dishonest hands, of course, refuses to give out the yarn.A great metaphor for the fact that small things only work when done sincerely and unselfishly for the good of the community. And they are completely unviable when appropriated by corporations for their own benefit.


Mac Barnett. Career-press, 2017

An infectious story inspired by the most successful urban reformatting of recent years

Boy Liam lives in an ordinary metropolis without greenery, gray and dull. Liam is the only one who goes out here at all.And then one day he stumbles upon an abandoned railway, and there, among the broken rails, he discovers dying flowers. With the rescue of a few pitiful stalks, the grandiose landscaping of the railway begins. Gradually, the garden grows beyond its borders, and more and more townspeople are accepted to cultivate it. The best example of a city initiative that is understandable to both children and adults is hard to come up with.

High Line Park, sprawling on an abandoned railroad in New York City Manhattan, is often cited as an example of conversion, a successful reimagining of space.A successful public place has existed on the site of an abandoned railway for almost ten years, attracting millions of visitors every year. The author, Peter Brown, was inspired to create a book about the amazing garden and the boy Liam by the case of the High Line Park. He asked the question: how will the city change if all its inhabitants begin to help nature?


Peter Brown, Polyandria, 2012 (the circulation of the book is sold out, but it can be found in libraries)

Not just a beautiful album for the enjoyment of aesthetes, but also a fascinating addition to the usual city walks

The book offers another the option of interacting with the city.Going to fly with a notebook and felt-tip pens, you pay attention to what often remains invisible. This is exactly what the author, Australian illustrator Mark Martin does. He singles out some things that are characteristic of the place (say, sweet pastries in Paris or police officers in Moscow) and not only fixes the given, but also explains cause-and-effect relationships. From such little things and pieces, an urban look is formed, they also affect the tourist’s impression of the city.

“A lot” will provoke more than one childish “why?”So get ready to answer why there are so many vending machines in Tokyo and their assortment is as diverse as possible, how it turned out that rickshaws are the most popular way to travel around New Delhi, and New York is full of food vans, in Rio, citizens love to sit at a glass of a cool drink in a boteco, and in Cairo they prefer to smoke a hookah, and not only in special places, but also on the go.


Mark Martin. Scooter, 2017

American classics from the last century, on which more than one generation grew up

It was included in the list of the best books of the twentieth century and received the Caldecott Medal of Honor from the American Library Association in 1943 – the highest award in the field of children’s literature.

The house is the most simple and understandable metaphor for children. In the story of Le Burton, he is animated, rejoices, thinks, sad, enjoys the view. The Little House was built in the suburbs a long time ago. The place for him was chosen on a hill surrounded by apple orchards and fields. One season is followed by another, and this measured life seems to last forever. In such a stable and predictable world, everyone is happy. But the serenity is being disrupted by the gathering pace of urbanization. Gradually, the House is squeezed between the faceless and huge buildings of the metropolis.At some point, he catches the breath of the very blazedness that Simmel wrote about in an essay about big cities. All these eternally hurrying, tired and satiated inhabitants of megalopolises have dull perception, no one notices either each other, much less the Little House lost among the skyscrapers. And if earlier he was curious about what it was like to live in the city, now he dreams of returning to the environment of endless and serene fields. Like any fairy tale, this one ends well: the house is nevertheless noticed by the great-great-granddaughter of the man who built it and transported to his usual habitat.


Virginia Le Burton. Career-Press, 2014

The parable that interference with natural harmony does not always end well

It was invented by the German illustrator Torben Kuhlmann. He himself explains the choice of metaphor as follows: “Moles are animals that, no doubt, change the environment. They indicate their presence by the growing number of molehills in the green meadow. And you can easily imagine what would happen if modern construction technologies were at their disposal.What a wonderful parable to describe our world, our society and how we treat our environment. And moles, like miners working underground, are almost a cliché. So I succumbed to the temptation to take this image to the extreme. ” As a result, it is a dystopia, which the open ending does not allow to be christened completely.


Torben Kuhlmann. Career-Press, 2017

Greetings from the avant-garde Soviet past, where the city is captured by a seething and boiling life

City entrepreneurship of all stripes reigns here: the attention of passers-by jumps from a shoe shiner to sellers of cigarettes and chocolate, from an ice cream maker to a newspaper.People already live in the rhythm of the metropolis that we are accustomed to, although they have just left the village. They enjoy using public spaces and city services like an ambulance. Although horse-drawn carts still clearly outnumber other vehicles, the trend is predictable. Further it will only get more crowded, faster and richer. Here it is, a big city!

Reprints of avant-garde children’s books are always interesting to leaf through. Firstly, the best artists of the time (Vera Ermolaeva, Vladimir Lebedev and Alisa Poret) worked at Detgiz, and secondly, this is not a reason to study illustrations and discuss the changes that have taken place over the century.


Lev Zilov. Art-Volkhonka, 2017

A serious excursion into the history of the construction of the most complex engineering structures

The book will definitely satisfy the most meticulous readers (you can start offering it to younger students). The author, David McAuley, first directed the Building Big film series, which became the basis for the book. Makauley admits that his priority is always “bolts and nuts” – the technical side of the issue is really disclosed here to the smallest detail.Whether it is the first tunnel under the Thames or the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the structure of the WTO and the device of the Ita hydroelectric power station are described in detail, illustrated with drawings and a sectional view of all stages of construction. The history of creation, the choice of location and materials, the complexity of construction, successful and unsuccessful attempts at first operation. Great importance is attached here to the role of each participant in the process: architect, designer, builder and engineer – each of them is irreplaceable.


David McAuley.Mann, Ivanov, Ferber, 2017

Basics of design work for the smallest

Ira and Seryozha love to look out the window, and the most interesting thing for them is to watch a typical multi-storey panel being built in the neighborhood. A brother and sister go behind an unsightly high fence and, thanks to a familiar head of the site, learn how a building ceases to be a construction object and becomes a residential building. They are simply explained such highly specialized concepts as zero-cycle work and load sailing, formwork, tie and shaft, the advantages of modular construction and the stability of 100-meter cranes.At the same time, children listen to a lecture-excursion about the history of residential architecture. Well, and what certainly usually remains outside the scope of children’s books: a story about the coordination of all kinds of norms and bureaucratic procedures. There is also a well-reasoned story about the importance of design work that solves a set of problems. It turns out that if the construction of a house is planned, then it is the responsibility of the architects to think over the surrounding infrastructure: garages and driveways for cars, pedestrian sidewalks and playgrounds.


Anastasia Korzovatykh.Polyandriya, 2017

The story of how to build a dacha is a familiar phenomenon for Russia, but not very clear for the rest of the world.

Little Perforator witnesses the construction of the country house of the music teacher Ninel Petrovna. Along the way, it turns out that his grandfather is an architect. It is he who helps with the project of the future dacha. Through the most ordinary country house, all kinds of architectural and urban planning layers are revealed. Arguments about the importance of the location of rooms relative to the cardinal points here alternate with the story of how in the last century, on Gorky Street, houses were cut from the foundation and transported on rails to another place.And there are many more experiments: how to make the steps of a staircase of the optimal width by calculating the average step, or to build a paper bridge between the backs of chairs, knowing that a paper sheet folded like an accordion can withstand more loads. In the process of observing the construction of a summer cottage, Buravchik has many questions about bad roads, urban planning and rooms of the ancient Greeks. He addresses them to a familiar writer. Each reply letter is a small essay in the spirit of Grigory Revzin.


Boris Bogomolov.Boslen, 2015

ABC of short notes about what the city around us consists of

On each spread – watercolor illustrations depicting buildings or diagrams, there are photographs of significant architectural monuments. Inside, not some specific city, but a fictional one, one that took a little from everyone in different eras. The authors managed to tell perfectly well that the place over time tends to change the original function to a seemingly completely opposite one. At first, the station was not only the point of departure for the train, but also entertained the audience: concerts were held here.And the boulevard was not originally a place for relaxed flanneur walks, but a defensive structure. Here and about the fact that with the change in the urban environment, professions disappear. For example, a lamplighter who manually turned on and off the light, or a junk dealer who collected all the trash and sorted it for later use.


Varvara Mukhina. Art-Volkhonka, 2013

90,000 the best books of April – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Vadim Levin. Poems with mustard. Drawings by Anna Romanova.Moscow, “Samokat”, 2015.

The poet, psychologist and teacher Vadim Aleksandrovich Levin has been living in Germany, in Marburg for fifteen years, and his poems live in Russia, in the memory of three generations of readers:

The horse bought four galoshes –
a couple of good ones and a couple of flatter ones.
If the day is fine,
and the horse walks in galoshes
good …

And we do not have someone who would not remember the songs:

Where has the circus gone?
He was still yesterday,
and the wind did not have time
tear off posters from the walls…

The first thing Vadim Alexandrovich undertook when he was in Europe was compiling anthologies for the children of his compatriots. Levin’s book “The Gift of the Word” has been helping families living outside Russia for many years to preserve the Russian language and native culture. Thanks to Vadim Levin’s page on the Internet (in “LiveJournal”), thousands of parents from the USA and Canada to Israel and Australia use his recommendations. The topics that Levin proposes for discussion on his LJ page, it seems to me, are very interesting to those who raise children at home in Russia:

Should I explain incomprehensible words in verses?

Should a child read stories about death?

Why do most children lose their love for literature, love for poetry during their school years ?….

The book “Poems with Mustard” includes both old and recent poems by Levin, and those that are for children, and those that are addressed rather to us, adults:

Everyone is ready to tease.
Everyone knows how to tease.
And who will find the word,
who regrets,
which will warm,
which will help? ..
It’s harder to find him,
but it is more expensive.

Irina Pivovarova. The goat month. Drawings by Anatoly Eliseev. Moscow, “ENAS-KNIGA”, 2015.

Irina Pivovarova, a graduate of the Textile Institute, worked as an artist at Mosfilm. Her stories first appeared in the Mosfilm large-circulation edition, and her poems appeared in the “Merry Pictures”. Soon, one after another, her books began to be published, which became incredibly popular among younger schoolchildren, especially among girls: “The stories of Lucy Sinitsyna, a third-grade student,” “An old man in plaid trousers” … The realities of that distant, Soviet childhood are gone, but Irina Pivovarova’s books are still snapped up today, they are being republished both with new and old illustrations.In the book of poems “Month-goat” – illustrations of the classic of book graphics Anatoly Eliseev.

Sat on the porch
three sad sheep.
Sat and sighed
Sheep on the porch …

Irina Mikhailovna Pivovarova died thirty years ago, when she was only 47 years old. A bright memory for a bright person.

Brave Issumboshi. Japanese fairy tales. Artist Alexandra Ponomareva. Moscow, Dolphin, 2016.

The first book by Alexandra Ponomareva, one of the most talented students of the People’s Artists of Russia Boris Diodorov and Nikolai Voronkov, was published.Prior to this, Ponomareva’s work could only be seen at exhibitions.

For several years, the young artist immersed herself in Japanese culture, studied the life of a distant people. The collection of Japanese fairy tales “Brave Issumboshi” is addressed to children 6-12 years old and is intended for the first acquaintance with the magical world of the Land of the Rising Sun. The book contains the kindest and most famous Japanese fairy tales in the classical translations of Vera Markova and Nison Hoza. For those who want to better understand the folk traditions and history of Japan, there are curious notes and an explanatory dictionary at the end of the book.

Sergey Kozlov. Really, we will always be? Fairy tales. Artist S. Ostrov. Moscow, Meshcheryakov Publishing House, 2016.

When Sergei Kozlov was asked how to write books, he answered: “There should be a draft between words.”

Kozlov’s Tales are perhaps one of the most mysterious phenomena in our children’s literature. They were written, it seems, against all the laws of the literary tale genre. Instead of transformations and other magic, Kozlov has an elegiac and philosophical narrative, unhurried conversations of the Hedgehog, the Bear and the Hare.

Therefore, the critics’ long-standing doubts are understandable: is this literature for children at all? But our children, meanwhile, are keenly listening to Kozlov’s tales, by this very fact confirming the complexity of the children’s world, which adults rarely feel and even less often respect.

Even three-year-old kids listen to Kozlov’s fairy tales with fascination, responding primarily to the intonation of the writer. It seems that they hear not only the words, but also that spirit of the invisible world, which is, perhaps, the main content of Kozlov’s “strange” tales.

A special merit of this edition is the illustrations by the St. Petersburg artist Svetozar Aleksandrovich Ostrov. They are transparent, cozy and welcoming. Delicate colors seem to weave around themselves the atmosphere of quiet summer twilight, then ahounding, then lulling a child.

And one more thing: it’s time to release a complete collection of fairy tales and poems by Sergei Grigorievich Kozlov!

White-maned horses.
Why are you rushing without looking back?
You are not looking,
Take us for a ride across the sky,

S.V. Pavlova. Lyceum and lyceum students. Moscow, “Helios ARV”, 2015.

This book is a wonderful gift for high school students of humanitarian schools and gymnasiums, for teachers of literature and everyone who loves the Pushkin era and is interested in the history of the Lyceum – an educational institution extremely important for our history and culture, whose pedagogical results are still unsurpassed.

Svetlana Vasilievna Pavlova is a researcher at the Lyceum Museum, one of the most profound specialists in the history and traditions of the Imperial Lyceum.The book “Lyceum and Lyceum Students” is the result of many years of research and archival research by the author. Of particular interest is the third section of the book, which tells about the unknown pages of the history of the Lyceum building itself. It turns out that after Nicholas I transferred the Lyceum to St. Petersburg, the building was rebuilt for living quarters – in Tsarskoye Selo there were not enough apartments for members of the royal family. On the third floor, where the lyceum hall was, settled Prince Peter Georgievich of Oldenburg, the uncle of Emperor Alexander II, the founder of several wonderful higher educational institutions and children’s hospitals.The prince published his first book of poetry when Pushkin was still a child; subsequently translated The Queen of Spades into French.

Countess Ekaterina Tizengauzen, who knew the poet well, is located on the second floor. The daughter of Vasily Andreevich Zhukovsky, Alexandra, lived in the apartment on the first floor. Thanks to these people, Pushkin’s echo sounded for a long time in the walls of the former lyceum building.

Natalia Maksimova. Little forest fairy tale. Drawings by Evgeniya Lotsmanova. Moscow, NO “Publishing Center” Moskvovedenie “, 2016.

Both the tale is short, and the book is small (only 38 pages), but you open it and suddenly you realize: here, on these pages, is your early childhood, that cherished world that remained under a hospitable burdock near a rickety barn. You thought this world was forever lost, but here it is before your eyes – breathing, swarming and tickling you with a blade of grass. “Little Forest Tale” is the third book designed by Evgenia Lotsmanova. Before that there were illustrations for “The Forty Tales” by Alexei Tolstoy and “Magic Hill” by Andersen (we talked about these books in “RG”).

Evgeniya was born in Kolomna. Her ancestors were icon painters in the Yegoryevsky district of the Moscow province. After graduating from the children’s art school, Zhenya entered the Moscow University of Printing, where she mastered the most complex technique of color lithography.

Recently, the artist’s talent was appreciated at the highest level: for her contribution to the development of domestic art of illustration, Evgenia Lotsmanova received the President of the Russian Federation Prize for Young Cultural Workers in 2015.


From the performance of the artist Evgenia Lotsmanova at the award ceremony in the Kremlin

I would especially like to say a few words about my beloved teacher Boris Arkadyevich Diodorov, who for me and for his other students is an example of genuine service to the art of books. He helped us believe in ourselves, helped us make a life choice in favor of sincere creativity – the kind of creativity that the soul asks for.

Indeed, unfortunately, now many talented young illustrators are leaving the profession due to life, material, and some other difficulties.And this award, I am sure, will be able to show that the profession of an illustrator is honorable, significant and supported by the state at the highest level. I really hope that government support for children’s book publishing will continue and expand.

I see the task for myself and for other young illustrators in preserving and continuing the great traditions of book graphics in our country, traditions that have united many bright, loved and dear names from childhood, such as Yuri Vasnetsov, Evgeny Charushin, Vladimir Konashevich , Tatiana Mavrina, Nikolay Ustinov or Boris Diodorov.And I believe that I and other young artists will be able to take over from outstanding artists. And children – and they are the future of Russia – will be able to grow up on good, harmonious and inspired examples of book art, on books that help to make a connection between new generations and the richest great cultural and historical traditions of our country.

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