As a mother whose children have now grown up, I can still recall the utter tedium of reading aloud to them books they’d been given and liked, but which I very much disliked for one reason or another.
So, I make it my mission to recommend picture books that I really enjoy reading and children, whether my own, years ago, or visitors at Storytime here (remember those, pre Lockdown, sigh?) also get a buzz out of. Here’s a mere selection of the very fine books on offer, all beautifully imagined and exquisitely illustrated.
while the shop is closed, you can order via email@example.com & have safely delivered to your home…or that of a tiny friend if birthdays etc on the horizon:
Wow Said The Owl, Tim Hopgood.
Adorable guide to colours for the very young & story of a little owl who stays awake to see daytime colours for the first time. Yet to meet a toddler who didn’t enjoy joining in with ‘Wow!’ refrain!
Mr Brown’s Bad Day, Lou Peacock/Alison Friend
Mr Brown is a very busy tiger business man who, in the course of a very hectic day, loses his briefcase & has to ask lots of animals to help him find it. But what can possibly be inside a tiger’s briefcase? You’d be *very surprised*
Weasels, Elys Dolan
A perennial favourite here: madcap adventure as a bunch of weasels invent machine to help them take over the world. Only problem is that it’s not working. The reason why? Wait and see. It’s a corker. Delightfully bonkers with loads to look at on each page
Up The Mountain Path, Marianne Dubuc
Heart-meltingly lovely book for littlies and their nursery/reception/years 1 and 2 siblings. We are in love with this heavenly little book about the friendship between a badger and a young cat who like to take country strolls together and observe nature
Oh No George, Chris Haughton
Vivid, computer generated illustrations really elevate this story of George, an energetic dog who means well, but can’t help being led by the nose into all sorts of trouble. Can he be good? Kids love to shout ‘Oh no George!’ as the big hearted pup learns a lesson
Whiffy Wilson The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Wash, Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord
This sweet little tale of friendship and personal hygiene is pretty unique and beautifully told and illustrated. It’s also a pleasure to read as it’s written in rhyme and has a perfect message of keeping clean to avoid bugs..which has even greater relevance in a time of pandemic
The beauty of being independent (part 8 million) is that you can have an idea and then…make it happen. No filling out forms in triplicate or presentations to the board for us!
With that in mind, we’re delighted to invite you to consider the following new chapters of the history of bookshop events: Hen Parties and Baby Showers…the two might even be connected, or even booked at the same time.
For the former, we’d be happy to open the shop privately for hen parties of 10 and above for discounted browsing evenings with gratis bubbles and nibbles; similar number parties welcome for Baby Showers, which not only includes discounted books to build babies’ and parents’ libraries, but also complimentary drinks and nibbles and gift for the baby.
As both are new events for us, we’d be happy to brainstorm any further ideas or suggestions you might have. Contact us via Twitter (@WELBooks) or firstname.lastname@example.org
A small booking fee will be charged for both events
How well do you know our little shop and the team that runs it? If you’re a regular customer, have a look at our StaffFavourites section next time you’re in the shop and if you can correctly match 10 books to the staff member wh0 selected them we’ll give you a £10 book voucher!
Tiny clue for starters: think flowers, awfully nice gels and loveliness for my choices!
What turns an already wonderful book into a perfect gift? Getting it signed by the author, of course!
We’ve amassed a treasure trove of such literary riches ready for you to browse, whether you live nearby and can pop in and pick up or far, far away–in which case we can post to whatever far flung corner of the world you happen to inhabit.
Here follows two lists–adult and children’s titles–of what’s currently on offer and we’ll keep updating it so that if you are on the lookout for something a little bit special, we just might be able to offer a solution!
General signed titles:
Munich, Robert Harris
The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz
Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
Some Fantastic Place, My Life In and Out Of Squeeze, Chris Difford
One of the truly scariest things a parent can do is to throw a party for their children! The noise! The mess! The expense! The faff! We can’t help with the noise and the mess but we can mitigate the faff and the expense with our book-themed Party Bag service for all ages/interest and budgets.
Simply tell us what age children/ interest/ how many books/your budget and we will do the rest: we’ll order your books, add balloons, stickers, bags, bookmarks etc and bag them all up for you.
You can choose between 20% off the books or a free book for the birthday child. And you only pay for the books, we throw everything else in completely free and that’s one little birthday item you can cross of your To Do list! A couple of days’ notice is preferable, but, in an emergency we can source stock from the shop or offer an overnight service!