Green Library’s display of Beasts and Books inspired Cubberley staff to pull some of our books featuring animals and create our own display. We confess we may have gone a little crazy, but children’s books featuring animals have long been in vogue. Animals have been recognized as being a way to engage children since the publication of Description of Three Hundred Animals by Thomas Boreman in 1730. Early examples of animal stories include Aesop’s Fables. A particularly fine award winning version of Aesop’s The Lion & the mouse has been done by Jerry Pinkney. Other stories are so timeless and so beloved it is surprising to learn how long ago they were published, for example, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902.
Please come by and take a peek at Beatix Potter, Jerry Pinkney as well as many other wonderful books. Also, as a bit of fun in the spirit of all those Buzzfeed quizzes, we’ve also got a quiz you can take to test your knowledge of all things furry in children’s books.