Books about Town overview

Books about Town, a public art exhibition from the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art is here! Find all 50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. If you don’t live near London and can’t visit the benches you can still enjoy the project by finding out about the books behind the art exhibition in this Words for Life theme.

We have a Books about Town booklist, an amazing book giveaway including a first edition signed copy of the new Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler collaboration The Scarecrow’s Wedding. Plus there are activities based on the bench titles, including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Elmer the Elephant resources.

You can download the trail maps and quizzes, plus look at videos of the benches being created. For more information visit booksabouttown.org.uk or follow us @booksabouttown.

On 7 October the benches will be auctioned at London’s Southbank Centre to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust’s vital work to raise literacy levels in the UK. Please email auction@literacytrust.org.uk to register your interest.

The Wind in the Willows BookBench
The Wind in the Willows BookBench
We're Going on a Bear Hunt BookBench
We're Going on a Bear Hunt BookBench
Jacqueline Wilson BookBench
Jacqueline Wilson BookBench
Capital of Imagination BookBench
Capital of Imagination BookBench
Clarice Bean BookBench
Clarice Bean BookBench
How to Train your Dragon BookBench
How to Train your Dragon BookBench
Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson BookBench
Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson BookBench
Katie in London BookBench
Katie in London BookBench
Mary Poppins BookBench
Mary Poppins BookBench
Paddington Bear BookBench
Paddington Bear BookBench
Alex Rider Stormbreaker BookBench
Alex Rider Stormbreaker BookBench
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe BookBench
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe BookBench

 

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