The Children’s Book Flood (Barnabókaflóðið)

Opening hours, Monday-Friday 2 pm – 6 pm Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Free entrance!

About the exhibition

The world of children’s books has a lot of exciting things to offer. Reading for the sake of enjoyment can, among other things, steer readers onto new paths, stimulate the imagination, expand the vocabulary, and contribute to empathy and open-mindedness. Reading is the key to learning, and children’s interest for reading can be reached effectively through play and creativity.

Children’s books build bridges

The exhibition Children’s Book Flood is made for visitors to actively take part. The Midgard Serpent (Miðgarðsormur) takes the children on a creative journey from one place to another. Children’s books build bridges between the places and the travellers make their own passports that they stamp at each new destination. The children get to take part in creating a big city puzzle, place the names of countries on a world map, view maps of reality as well as imaginary places from children’s books and play with a giant globe.

There are all kinds of heroes

“There are all kinds of heroes” is an art workshop for the creation of new children’s books characters. In the studio, the visitors can come up with their own character and make masks to try out different roles. The adventure-seeking bookworms can also crawl into The Book Mountain. In the mountain, you will find The Poetry Cave where children can play with words and make their own poems. In the cave, you will also find a little corner with exciting books to read.

Sail Away On The Children’s Book Flood

The visitors of the exhibition sail away on an adventure in a Viking ship whilst getting a story read to them. A treasure is hidden on a desert island and the children get to write a message in a bottle. At the Story Making Workshop, the children get the opportunity to write and draw their own stories, as well as take part in a very enjoyable children’s books quiz, where you can win a book. The winner of the quiz will be announced at the end of March 2019.

We are all aliens

In connection to the Story Making Workshop, there is a dark cave for the visiting travellers. In the dark, there are various things hidden and the space brings imagination to life. After the exploration of the cave, you can lie down and dream under a starry sky of galaxies and black holes.

Children’s participation includes:

  • Dress up game
  • Passport making
  • Big city puzzle
  • Character making
  • Poetry-making
  • Story reading
  • Writing message in a bottle
  • Story making
  • Quiz
  • Relaxation
  • Play, creativity, learning and experience


The exhibition and all related events are organized by the Nordic House on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the house. The curator of the exhibition is Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, writer and illustrator. The producer is Kristín Ingvarsdóttir. The exhibition will open in the Nordic House at the end of September 2018 and finish in March 2019.

The exhibition is especially suited for children age 6-10 years old. Please note, however, that children under the age of six should not be left alone.

Please be aware of the following guideline:

  • We take off our shoes
  • We have lunch tables at the entrance to the exhibition. Food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibition room.
  • Strollers should be kept outside of the exhibition room

Admission is free for school groups and registration for group visits will open on Thursday, August 30th. Inquiries can be sent to

Partners and sponsors:
List fyrir alla (Art for all)
Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature
Flügger litir
Icelandic Red Cross