The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children continues the activity of pedagogical experimentation dedicated to children’s literature proposing, also for the 37th edition, the space “Pedagogy and Imagination“, which this year will be dedicated to The secret life of objects. Why choose items? Objects have a special function in the life of man, so special that they come to constitute themselves as an integral part of the structuring of the self. The construction of the first significant relationship between an individual and objects occurs precisely during childhood, that is when one acquires the ability to manipulate objects, to use them and to elect them as privileged interlocutors of one’s emotional experience.
Placing in the hands of girls and children books that tell stories of objects has a high value because the construction of much of our imaginary world passes through interaction with them.
Illustration by Gérard DuBois, from La collezione di Joey (Orecchio Acerbo) – detail