Preview: Literary Littles at The Fruitmarket Gallery
The book group for children that's inspiring everyone to get crafty
When a group of adults meet to discuss a book, there's lot of chatting, tea and perhaps the odd glass of gin. But children need a far more interesting way to express how they feel about reading, which is why Allison Everett, bookshop manager at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery, set up Literary Littles – a book group with a difference.
'I make a programme for each exhibition based on what great books are coming out, which authors are available to read them, and how we can frame the book with a craft activity to help children think about the story and process it visually,' explains Everett. 'The events are always laid-back, informal and centred around how fun reading can be.'
Previous Literary Littles have featured Mac Barnett reading from Leo, A Ghost Story, after which everyone made heraldic family shields, and the hugely popular Vivian French, again with a craft activity to follow.
The next event will take place on 10 September, when Everett herself will be reading from Tatiana Glebova's Where am I?. 'It's a Russian visual novel that invites you to find the missing person or animal in each image,' explains Everett. 'The book is aimed at three- to nine-year-olds, so after reading it we'll all create our own hidden image drawings.'
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Sep.