BOOKWAGON BLOG

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hitching our Wagon

The Bookwagon rolls into the London Book Fair ’Its only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realise your true potential’ - Barack Obama This week the Bookwagon team has been at the London Book Fair at Olympia. The UK book trade’s...

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...

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...

How do you read?

So how do you read? 'How do you read?' This question has been prompted through my visit to a schools' reading resources' provider's website. As I browsed, I became frustrated, as I would have as a young reader. Titles within series had been separated through the...

The Flame and the Flicker

We attended the National Theatre's acclaimed new production of 'Network' this week. This was originally a screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, drawing inspiration from the Watergate crisis. It is a painstakingly considered attack on the exploitation and corruption of...

It’s Time to Turn the Page

This time last year, I was buzzing with ideas for a children's bookshop. I wanted it to sell selected quality books to families and schools and offer informed advice. I saw a need to fill the voids of which I am aware through teaching years and interaction with...

Happy golden days of yore

A house in a nearby street has its Christmas decorations primed for an annual reappearance all year. Yesterday, Santa's boots were lit up anew to swing until February, when the switch will be dimmed. Maybe because of the winter season, Christmas feels magical in...

What stories do you tell?

If I had a penny for the number of times where a fellow audience member has asked the speaker, 'So, what's your inspiration?' I'd be a billionaire (well, much closer than I am now.) Inspiration, like creativity, is not something that you can explain or share or...

Read the book before you see the film

We have a number of titles that have enjoyed screen adaptations. Most often the film disappoints; the pictures seem so different from those in our reading heads. Shortly, we'll have an opportunity to see the big screen version of R.J. Palaccio's multi award...

What’s On Your List?

When I was eight or so, we celebrated our Christmas Day at an aunt's house. I did not like this aunt or her husband very much, so was apprehensive. I would be the only child amongst a throng of older family, little interested in or accommodating to children. To my...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

While I have five homegrown pumpkins still waiting to be pulped into chutney or jam, several of the neighbourhood properties are jack o'lantern decorated for Halloween. Mr Bookwagon and I talked about including scary stories within a blog or newsletter, but at the...

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...

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,...