What came first?

Illustrations in children’s books are often the child’s first encounter with visual art. The Children’s Book Museum is full of exciting, poignant and comical illustrations that will delight children of all ages.

For group 7/8 (Junior High School)

Number of students



1 adult in 15 children


120 minutes


€ 6,00 per pupil, supervisors can join free of charge

Working method

traditional and in small groups


No preperation required

In this lesson, children will step into the mind of the illustrator and consider which text goes with which image. Did the illustrator draw the scene literally or did they use their imagination? How do writers and illustrators work together? Which came first, the words or the illustration? And of course, the children will have the chance to do a bit of illustrating themselves. They’ll create their own drawings and create stories to go with them.




The lesson What came first? is part of the Cultuurmenu, The Hague’s heritage education project in which eighteen participating museums and cultural institutions provide lessons for local schoolchildren.


If you represent a school in The Hague and you’d like more information on the Cultuurmenu programme, you can contact the Bureau Cultuurmenu. Schools outside The Hague region can book this lesson directly via the Children’s Book Museum.

Advance booking is required for all educational programmes! For more information and reservations, please contact us via groepsbezoek@kinderboekenmuseum.nl or 070 - 333 9631.