BOOKWAGON BLOG

Out from the page

On the road Bookwagon has been on the road, supporting school visits by three exceptional, award-winning writers this week. Unusually, I had the opportunity to listen in and participate. School visits by writers are a unique opportunity to learn about ourselves, our...

We read every book we sell

Do you know we read every book we sell? Every word written about every book we sell is from our own reading experience? This means that families and schools seeking recommendations can depend on Bookwagon. We are able to offer a selection of books confidently because...

Tell me stories

In the basement of my grandparents' house hung a shark's jaw of teeth. My grandfather had captured the shark on one of his deep sea fishing adventures. I would touch the points of the teeth trepidatiously and wonder. Upstairs, in the sun room, stood a near fossilised...

The Tools for Building Readers for Life

In the beginning My teaching career began in a seaside, rural school miles from my home. Children between 5 and 13 years of age attended; it was a local, community school. I drove a speedy Honda Civic to and from home morning and night, along gravel, winding roads,...

Why Adults Should Read Children’s Books

The Rewards in your reading matter During the summer Bloomsbury will publish Dr Katherine Rundell's essay , 'Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise'. Dr Katherine Rundell is exceptional. She is a Renaissance scholar, a Fellow at All...

What lies beneath the covers

Our resolution Bookwagon is determined to find the right books for our readers. It is why we read so much, make our own descriptions rather than purchasing publishing words annually. (Compare other booksellers' descriptions and you'll understand what I mean.) Whether...

The Friend in Your Book

The benefits of reading for pleasure There are constant educational debates about children's reading, from best methods to learn, to best titles to choose. Children's bookselling is a better avenue for my vigorous education in and devotion to children's literature....

All aboard for a child’s reading journey

A child's reading journey A 'Masterchef' applicant or work placement trainee might be inclined to compare their experience to a journey. New entrants to education have their progress monitored through a 'learning journey' either digitally or through scrapbook. My...

The comfort offered in reading

'Piglet wasn't afraid if he had Christopher Robin with him, so off they went…'  Characters, like creatures, offer us comfort. Social media was alight with fond reminisces of Winnie-the-Pooh on January 18th. Winnie-the-Pooh day commemorates the birth of his creator,...

New shoots, new leaves, new children’s books

It's an Avocado Baby…. It's a new year rich with potential. More popup school book fairs, writers and picture book makers await. Gift book subscriptions increase. Bookwagon is excited by new children's books just waiting to be discovered. Whadayamean... During the...

Jolabokaflod- A Winter Reading Experience

Jolabokaflod Bookwagon has been building up to Jolabokaflod. As I write, I'm aware of the TBR pile to my left hand side. The pile of books upon the wagon (actual wagon) is balanced precariously. However, a busy run of book orders via online ordering and personal...

The Live Experience

The 2018 round up As we draw to the end of 2018, 'best of' lists are hitting the press and internet. I enjoy browsing these.  Yet, I cannot create a Bookwagon Best Of Books 2018. Bookwagon sells books that have been read, loved and recommended by us, only. The...

The Gift of A Story

The Gift of a Story Mr Bookwagon and I were walking across a nighttime bridge in Stratford-upon-Avon, when he recalled an evening from his adolescence. During a sixth form geography field trip in Devon he'd felt the call of nature late one night. He stumbled outside...

To be known and loved

To be known and loved 'Look up and swear by the spring of the green that you'll never forget…' (Siegfried Sassoon, 'Aftermath' Poems from the First World War) Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon, read by Jeremy Irons In aiming for 'forever books', Bookwagon seeks books...

Let’s start at the very beginning

Let's start at the very beginning My early language experiences influence my reading behaviour to this day. Sitting alongside me is 'Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids'. It is not a Bookwagon title for it is neither relevant to nor available in Britain. 'Mary, Mary from...

A Bookwagon Experience

A Bookwagon Experience It has been a busy few weeks for Bookwagon. We exhibited with Reading Rocks South, thanks to the support of our 'third wheel'. Our calendar is filling up with book fairs. Schools have booked more writers and illustrators for visits, supported by...

The pictures tell the story

Bookwagon holds fast to a mantra to recommend and sell books we have read and loved only. We describe each title on our site. Customers need to know they can trust our knowledge and experience of children's books I have worked my way through a host of outstanding...

Picture book clues

Welcome back! The new academic year has begun. Our days are shorter with a distinct chill in the early morning air. Bookwagon has been busy taking bookings for school events and popup sales. We are working to include a wonderful new selection of books aboard the...

Children’s reading choices

What does gender distinction have to do with children's reading choices? Pink and Blue It wasn't until the 1980's that gender specific clothing became common, i.e., pink for girls, blue for boys. The distinction coincided with prenatal testing determining the sex of...

Reading journeys

'Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.'- Jean Rhys To a summer reading challenge I hope you've settled into a summer of reading. I wonder about the reading journeys  ahead for you and your...

In the summertime

'Winter's Bone' was a breakout movie for Jennifer Lawrence. Emerging from the cinema after watching it, I felt I had hypothermia. The cold, lifeless, grey setting had permeated every part of me. I am similarly affected by my reading matter. I could not read the...

Independence

What is independence? While our website was being rebuilt, Bookwagon sought tuition from a marketing consultant. At one point we argued that his comparison of Bookwagon to Amazon was irrelevant. Bookwagon is an independent children's bookshop. He asked, 'What does...

Irreplaceable

During the Bookwagon website building hiatus, I read Bookworm  in which Lucy Mangan recalls and critiques her life through each of her irreplaceable books. Her books are irreplaceable to her, so  that she has kept every title since childhood. Lucy Mangan estimates her...

Our Online Independent Children’s Bookshop

Bookwagon, our online independent children's bookshop, is a year old. So here it is, right here, right now, with a drum roll and a huge bow, our brand new, proud website. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to its development, from suggesting designers, to...

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...