Locked down library displays weeks 14 and 15

Here we are at the end of my book displays. I still have no information on when I may return to work but I have more or less run out of ideas, and 100 seems like a nice round number to end on.

Week 14 is the last full week, though really at this point it was no longer 7 displays a week as I had to wait to retrieve/borrow some books from my parents’ house and there was some procrastination involved too.

Day #92

The Naughtiest Girl

Exactly what the title says, the Naughtiest Girl books. Including those by other authors along with the sign Harry sticks on Elizabeth’s back in the first book.

Day #93

Lesser-known Blyton books

I’ve used most of Blyton’s best-known stuff already, The Famous Five had their own display as did the Five-Find Outers and the Naughtiest Girl above, and I’ve used lots of other titles in other displays. Here are some I haven’t used before, ones I think less people will have heard of.

From the back left:

  • Humpty Dumpty and Belinda (one of two Collins Colour Camera books)
  • The Train that Lost its Way (one of 12 Brockhampton Picture Books with Eileen Soper illustrations)
  • The Troublesome Three (a picture-strip book)
  • The Daffodil Story Book (one of eight Foyle’s Flower Story Books, though this is a later and sadly abridged edition)
  • The Surprising Caravan  (another Brockhampton Picture Book)
  • Nature Readers #5 (one of 30 booklets each containing two nature stories, which originally came with large Eileen Soper prints)
  • The Enchanted Village (more of a booklet, about Bekonscot the model village)
  • Hurrah for Mary Mouse (one of 23 picture strip books)
  • Trouble for the Twins (one of 18 Brockhampton Little books with Eileen Soper illustrations, several titles are shared with the Brockhampton Picture books)
  • The Hidey-Hole (Blyton’s last published full-length novel)
  • Round the Year with Enid Blyton (a compendium of four books, one for each season)
  • Plays for Older Children (goes with Plays for Younger Children with music by Alec Rowley, first published in one volume as The Play’s the Thing).
  • A Book of Naughty Children (followed by A Second Book of Naughty Children, both illustrated by Eileen Soper)
  • Bimbo and Topsy (about Enid’s two daughters and two of their pets)
  • A Picnic Party with Enid Blyton (paired with A Story Party at Green Hedges, each having a narrative by Enid about the parties and then several stories, one for each child attending)
  • A Prize for Mary Mouse and Hallo Little Mary Mouse (more picture strip book)
  • Jolly Little Jumbo (another Brockhampton Picture Book)

Some close ups below:

Day #94

There’s been a murder!

That title should be read with the distinct Glaswegian accent of Taggart, aka Thurr’s been a murrderr! (ably done by David Tennant here).

That’s tomato sauce mixed with Worcestershire sauce on the knife, by the way. Nobody was actually murdered in the making of this display (I don’t advise using a real kitchen knife in a library unless you really do want a murder).

Day #95

Make, Do and Mend

Most of the books are my mums, but all the crafting supplies are mine. The title is from the government backed scheme to have people repair and re-purpose clothing during World War II as clothing was rationed. I’ve added the comma after make as crafting can be about making, doing and mending, rather than making do.

I really loved doing this one and thought it came out great, but you can’t make out all the detail from the photo so there are some close ups below.

Day #96

Career options

Just in case anyone was in need of inspiration.

Day #97

Fairy tales

Lots of Ladybird Classics which were beloved favourites in our house – I started to write which ones I especially liked but it was just about all of them!

Day #98


Alongside our Ladybirds we also had a lot of these Disney tales – some of which are retellings of books in the previous photo. (We didn’t have two Jungle Books, the larger one is one Brodie has acquired somewhere).

Day #99

The Babysitters Club

A selection of the different covers amongst the 130 or so books my sister and I collected between us. This is one of the few things we both enjoyed reading and we got together this week to watch the new Netflix series which was surprisingly good considering it had been modernised.

Bottom left are two of the original American-style covers, those on the bottom right have the ‘brick window’ style of the UK editions, and that’s what most of our collection looked like except the mysteries which are on the middle right, but they kept the roof motif.

I think I got into these by reading the mysteries – which are sort of Nancy Drew type stories – and at first found the regular stories dull in comparison. Then somehow I started enjoying the regular stories and I’m currently trying to read all the ones I missed.

Day #100

200+ years of children’s booksI nearly had to do this one on the floor as it was so big, but as I had done all the rest on the dining table I dragged it out, put up both the leaves and managed to squeeze all the books on.

I was also very late in doing this, well past what should have been day 100. Mostly because I was procrastinating, knowing it would be a lot of work. Also because I hadn’t decided on my criteria. I had originally had the notion that I would use the publishing dates of the editions I had, but that turned out to be both onerous and limiting. So I went with original publishing date – none of the books on the table are actually 200 years old!

Anyway, the books are:

  • Swiss Family Robinson – Johan David Wyss – 1812
  • Coral Island – R.M. Ballantyne – 1857
  • The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald – 1872
  • Heidi – Johanna Spyri – 1881
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1882
  • A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1905
  • The Railway Children – E Nesbit – 1906
  • The Leader of the Lower School – Angela Brazil – 1913
  • Queen of the Daffodils – Leslie Lang – 1916
  • Kits at Clynton Court School – May Wynne – 1924
  • Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne – 1926
  • The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne – 1928
  • In Storyland – Enid Blyton – 1934
  • An Exciting Term – Angela Brazil – 1936
  • Sue Barton Student Nurse – Helen Dore Boyleston – 1939
  • The Treasure Hunters – Enid Blyton – 1940
  • Five on a Treasure Island – Enid Blyton – 1942
  • Three Terms at Uplands – Angela Brazil – 1945
  • The Ship of Adventure – Enid Blyton –  1950
  • Merry Mister Meddle! – Enid Blyton – 1954
  • Saucers Over the Moor – Malcolm Saville – 1955
  • James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl – 1961
  • Cherrys to the Rescue – Will Scott – 1963
  • Rye Royal – Malcolm Saville – 1969
  • Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl- 1970
  • Ballet Shoes for Anna – Noel Streatfeild – 1972
  • The Princess Bride – William Goldman – 1973
  • The Witches – Roald Dahl – 1983
  • Anastasia on her Own – 1985
  • The BFG – Roald Dahl – 1982
  • The Steps Up the Chimney – William Corlett – 1990
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling – 1997
  • The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket – 1999
  • The Naughtiest Girl Marches On – Anne Digby – 2000
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling – 2005
  • The Tree of Seasons – Stephen Gately – 2009
  • The Mystery of the Whistling Caves – Helen Moss – 2011
  • Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stephens – 2014
  • Diamonds and Daggers – Elen Caldecott – 2015.

And yes, now I’ve typed it out I realise that I put The BFG in the wrong place.

I’m  a bit sad that my displays are done, but also quite glad as it was hard thinking up so many ideas! (Plus my shelves were always a mess with things being hauled on and off all the time).

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1 Response to Locked down library displays weeks 14 and 15

  1. jillslawit says:

    Liking those old Blytons. I’ve enjoyed seeing your displays.


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