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Bringing a good book to you

Bringing:- We bring quality children’s books to you through the Bookwagon shop, school book fairs and popup events, to meet your individual and specific needs.

We bring authors and illustrators into schools, including practical support and book sales for these special events. We bring books to homes and schools that children, families and teachers love. We know our books.

Good books:- We select every book featured on our site; we read every book we sell. We leave no stone unturned to offer unique, new, challenging, spine-tingling, classic, exciting books for every age and interest, from every genre, from around the world, to our readers. Our books are good books.

To You:- We are available to meet, email or chat, online, or through our book fairs at schools and special events.

What’s a good book?

One that absorbs you. The writing is in your hearing. You feel the story sinking into your bloodstream. A good book changes you, it knows you, and is committed to you. You breathe it and smell it. You may laugh or cry– or both. Bookwagon brings good books to you.

We are experienced, specialist, quality booksellers. Welcome to Bookwagon!

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Jane Ray, writers' event

To the live experience

We have enjoyed a live experience from Elbow, a favourite band on a number of occasions. I love their songs, especially for Guy Garvey's poetic lyrics. During our first Elbow concert, he explained that 'Mirror Ball' was inspired by the rush of a first realisation of love. This confidence offered a memory for my new husband and me that makes this song special to us:- 'You make the moon our mirror ball/ The street's an empty stage/ The city's sirens, ...
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Reading Updates

Reading nook reading for pleasure

A place to go and be happy

The school place Teachers spend chunks of time during their year reorganising classrooms. There are many reasons for this; from different events to varying themes and needs. However, one constant factor is a need to create the right reading place. Physical restrictions of some classrooms mean the right place may have to be a child's desk or table. In that case, the teacher will ensure that she/ he has the right atmosphere for reading. This will be a routine time, ...
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Sun shining on the rain and rain falling on the sunshine- it’s time to read!

It seems to have been raining, grey and cold forever. However, I have photographic evidence of a bright Monday's visit to Chelsea Physic Garden. There, I removed my coat and felt the promise of sun on my skin.  Schools organise academic years through seasons; autumn to spring to summer. Britain's sleet grey winter days preclude their own school term because a 'carrot lure' of spring is too important. As a teacher, I was startled by the change evident in my ...
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Ice cream castles and feather canyons

There is nothing like sharing joy in a book you've read. I've had that at my book group on occasion. It's like being spread with warmed jam. Sometimes, upon completing a Bookwagon title, I  need Mr Bookwagon to read it too because I want to share it so desperately. Other times I'm grief-stricken because my experience of reading that book is complete. I felt that way when I'd finished reading Bicycling to the Moon. Even now, I have to stroke ...
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Hermiones rather than Pansy Parkinsons!*

Award season is upon us. As predicted, Frances McDormand won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Actress as bereaved mother, Mildred Hayes, in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. Mildred's angry grief, as played by Frances McDormand, is painfully palpable. You fear for her, and fear her, for as you watch, understanding that Mildred has lost everything and fears nothing. Gary Oldman, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor this year, offered that Winston Churchill was an 'intimidating character'. Yet, ...
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I’m Sorry I’ll Reread that Again

During one of our first Christmases Mr Bookwagon and I agreed to watch a film the other loved, that would be outside of our comfort zone. Mr Bookwagon was persuaded to watch the 1995 version of 'Persuasion', starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. I watched 'The Searchers'. Mr Bookwagon has been watching 'The Searchers' religiously for many years. He can describe the lighting contrasts, how shadow has been used allegorically, how the story is a parable. I have watched 'The ...
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