Lyn Stevens, curator of the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh kicked off the event and spoke about some of the books in their ever-growing collection, including this coffee-table book of natural history that didn't get everything quite right from the 1800s (but was charming nonetheless and was likely a family treasure).
"Words should wander and meander.Isn't that lovely?
They should fly like owls and flicker
like bats and slip like cats.
They should murmur and scream
and dance and sing.
Sometimes. . .
there should be no words at all.
Just clean white space."
Ian Scott shared information about the incredible collection of children's literature at the National Library of Scotland focusing on the comics of D.C. Thomson (based in Dundee). I was shocked to learn that while I was enjoying the US version of Dennis the Menace, apparently there was a completely different version of Dennis the Menace going on in the UK! Two different creators, completely different versions, but both comics and both called Dennis the Menace - WOW!