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Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Jaqueline Wilson

Living Paintings Children’s Patron

Borrow books for

Pre School


5-7 years


7-11 years


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Wigwam – the place for picture books

Children’s author-in-residence David Melling

Final david and hugless

David’s Doodle Diary exclusively for Living Paintings

Fun Stuff To Do


Why not write your own story or poem and create your own characters with Book Start. Jodee, one of our young library members, learned to read with our Touch to See picture books and loves them so much that she was inspired to write her own story.

Would you like your own penguin friend, like the boy in Lost and Found? Then make one using our simple instructions. Don’t forget to pop him in the fridge from time to time so that he doesn’t get too warm!

Go to a theatre show featuring your favourite storybook character. David Melling’s lovable bear, Hugless Douglas, is in a touring show by Blunderbuss Theatre. Check out whether it’s coming to a venue near you and be prepared for plenty of cuddles!

Great Places To Visit

Discover Children's Story centre

Discover Children’s Story Centre is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing learning and making up stories together.

The Roald Dahl Museum has three interactive galleries you can enjoy plus storytelling and free, drop-in crafts each day.

The Story Museum in Oxford is another great place to visit for a fun-filled day with lots of lovely children’s books and activities.

The House of Illustration in London has ever-changing exhibitions and displays celebrating illustration, art and design. They cater for school visits and family days out.

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