22 Children’s book inspired dolls’ houses

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We LOVE making miniature worlds/houses/landscapes to act out the stories we’re currently reading at home. Usually we use a lot of playmobil, wooden blocks and cardboard boxes. and things are rather open ended, but today I bring you a list of 22 24 children’s book inspired dollhouses – some ready to buy, others made by specialists, some that anyone could make at home.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to include images in this post as it has proved hard to get in touch with all the original sources, but do click through to see some truly amazing dollshouses (clicking will open a new window/tab, so you’ll be able to work your way through the list quite easily.)

  • Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree
  • Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge
  • The ruins of Cair Paravel
  • The cottage belonging to Sven Nordqvist’s Pettson and Findus (you’ll need to scroll down a little)
  • Bilbo Baggin’s Bag End
  • Joyce Lankester Brisley’s Milly Molly Mandy
  • The Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse
  • Moomin house (1)
  • Moomin House (2)
  • Pippi Longstocking’s Villa Villekulla
  • Sleeping Beauty’s castle
  • Hogwarts Castle
  • There was an old woman who live in a shoe…
  • Slug & Jiggers Apothecary Shop in Diagon Alley
  • Ratty’s House, Otter’s Mill, Badger’s House, Mole’s House and Toad Hall from Wind in the Willows (you’ll need to scroll down the page to see them)
  • Anne of Green Gables pop-up dollshouse
  • Colin’s room in the house in The Secret Garden
  • The Railway Children’s cottage (Thanks, Library Mice, for the suggestion)
  • The home of Dick Bruna’s Miffy
  • The house of the Barbapapas (Thanks, Damyanti, for reminding me of this one we made ourselves)
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    I was helped in thinking about possible dollshouses by this great article on the Nosy Crow blog: Most desirable residences in children’s fiction – a post inspired by #bookbudget.

    Do you know of any other children’s book inspired dolls houses? What fictional houses would you (or your kids!) like to see as a dollhouse?

    13 Responses

      • Zoe

        Thanks Connie, I’ve had so much fun compiling this list. Just wish I could have included lots of photos!

    1. se7en

      Seriously Stunning!!! I am loving this idea!!! Loving it… There must be so many books that I would like to step inside and this is just such a great way. The first book that comes to mind… Well the house at Green Knowe… I just loved those books!!!
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    2. Zoe

      Se7en, I can’t find a Green Knowe doll house – but a great idea! Let me know if you find one 🙂

      Jackie – yes, and it shows too how children’s books can have such a power over adults I – some of these are really display items created by adults for adults.
      Zoe recently posted..22 Children’s book inspired dolls’ houses

    3. Catherine

      I love the Brambly Hedge dolls’ house (although a bit stunned by the price!).

      Thank you for a great post, you must have had lots of fun finding these :o) I wanted to live in a lighthouse when I was younger, just like the Grinlings in The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.
      Catherine recently posted..Elmer, Rose and Super El by David McKee

    4. Rosalind

      I’ve just got back from holiday and come across this AWESOME post! Thank you so much for sharing all these, especially the Barbapapa one. I loved those books when I was little as well and in France I discovered some of them in a gorgeous little shop near where we were staying. The boys are already HUGE fans (even after me translating the stories in my somewhat shaky French!) and I think we’re definitely going to have to attempt to make a house for them as you did. Thanks for the brilliant idea 🙂
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