BOOKWAGON BLOG

Interior Decoration and Clocks

The furore over new book releases continues. We are reading at a pace, though devoted to ensuring we know, love and recommend any book included on our shop shelves. Last week, saw much excitement about the release of Philip Pullman's 'The Book of Dust Volume One La...

A wholesome and necessary thing*

Mr Bookwagon and I have been reading up a storm. Super Thursday, October 5th, was followed by a slightly less super Thursday (12th) and, this week, a slip of a slightly super Thursday; the Bookwagon trolley is full of 'must read' new books. I had the good fortune to...

The Thing with Feathers that Sings Without Words

Kate DiCamillo introduced her Bath Literature Festival audience to her latest title, 'La La La' last week. She said this book, like all her titles, is 'a search for connection, the radiant connection, the story I keep telling in every book.' Last week included Super...

From Wonderland to Widcombe Hill, a Girl and a Book

Bookwagon enjoyed a busy week, with a lot of chewing gum chomping, checklists and children. On Thursday, National Poetry Day, we accompanied poet Michaela Morgan, Ambassador to the Poetry Society, to Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree. Michaela read poetry...

Welcome to a whole new generation of readers!

I stood at Parsons Green station awaiting a train this week, watching fresh schoolchildren tumble down the steps onto the platforms, with scooters, nannies, blazers and energy, new haircuts and shoes already bearing the marks of their returns to school. I strained to...

Bringing a funny book to you

What are you looking for in a good book? One that takes you places, although your feet may be on the ground? One that shivers your timbers? Twangs your heartstrings? The genre often most difficult to ‘get right’ is humour. Yet this genre is ideal for child readers,...

The Friend in the Words

  When I was heading toward adolescence, and having a difficult time with home, school and myself, my dear Auntie Barbara gave me 'The Friend in Your Mirror'. There were many times I didn't know what was wrong with me, or how to act. It was like walking through broken...

Jane Austen 200 Years Later

This week Britain remembers the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the most well loved and best respected writers. I remember my first full Austen, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and my surprise that this book was actually ‘readable’; it was approachable,...

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Shh! Some schools have broken up for summer, while others have a week remaining, only! While the duration of my school holiday may have seemed unendurable to my parents, it seemed to whisk by in a flash for me as a child, and again, when I taught. Already, friends and...

Where all the biggest questions meet

Near the top of my travel wish list is Prince Edward Island, a determined destination since I read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series. I loved the stories when younger, but as I grew slightly older, I appreciated Anne’s dilemma anew; empathising in...

Summertime and the reading is ready

The problem with selling books that you love is that when it comes to choosing from them, it's like deciding on your best friend. In this case, the 'best friends' I've selected from the Bookwagon bookshop are those that fit a long, hot summer holiday season, and have...

All Around the Campfire

I have just returned from our allotment with a haul of raspberries and gooseberries. Tidying up, watering our garden and staking the echinacea, I've been listening to Edward's Sunday story. Edward is a neighbour aged about two with city working parents. Every Sunday...

Happy birthday Harry!

Twenty years ago I was new teacher to a lovely London school, full of truly loved, supported, happy pupils, eager to learn. It was a place in which teachers felt privileged to teach. One day, a pupil asked me, ‘Ms Hattaway, (as I was then), my Daddy is publishing a...

Blind Date

Sometimes, my husband and I regale each other with bad dates. He once met a woman who excused herself from the table for a comfort break, but headed to the door, never to return. (I can only think he’d told her about the Parrot Society.) My date arrived at our...

Refugee Week 2017

It was only as I posted a recommendation for 'The Emergency Zoo' by Miriam Halahmy, http://bookwagon.co.uk/product/the-emergency-zoo/,  that I recalled that this is Refugee Week 2017- http://refugeeweek.org.uk. Brexit negotiations have commenced, London has suffered...

Salt to the Kids!

Amongst much hoopla and the whirring of air conditioning, the annual Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, have been awarded today (June 19th). Both awards are decided upon by children's librarians. 'Salt to the...

Getting gripped on a book

I love that feeling of being completely submerged by a story. Currently, I'm reading through the incomparable Sally Gardner's 'Fairy Detective' series, with a view that all the titles should be included in our bookstore. It's the Bookwagon way to ensure that every...

The Inaugural National Empathy Day

'You should never read just for 'enjoyment.' Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behaviour, or better yet, your own. Pick 'hard books'. Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God's sake, don't let...

A little snakishly and lizardishly different

Bookwagon works for you. With summer holidays closing in and families and schools looking for reading recommendations we're keen to share great titles. Don't forget we're available to chat with or email should you want help specific to your needs. We are able to...