30 Crown Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BA
Chicken and Frog Bookshop was a long time in the planning stage. We had harbored the idea of opening our own bookshop since we met, way back in 1990, when hair was big and the music was cool.
So, who are we? We are Jim and Natasha Radford; happily married since 1996, with three quickly growing Radishes to keep us busy. I was a school teacher (for eighteen years), with an MA in Children’s Literature. I am in the midst of a PhD, researching the representation of autism in children’s picture books and Jim is, well he’s a bit of a geek! Jim is the techy one; he is a games designer with a background in computer-related stuff that I don’t really understand, but needless to say, he’s the one people call when they can’t find the ‘any key’. We both love reading and we need somewhere to store more books, so we decided that opening an indie bookshop was the way to go.
On a more serious note, we do have a real passion for books and are committed to providing a community-centred bookshop in the heart of Brentwood. The shop stocks all kinds of wonderful books, as well as being a place to drop in for free storytimes and rhythm & rhyme sessions, or book in for affordable tuition, INSET, hold your child’s birthday party…the list goes on and on!* We provide a busy schedule of events for the community, some free and some not (we need to make a living!).
Although we began as a children’s bookshop, we now stock a curated selection of books for adults and can order pretty much anything that’s in print. Join us for events on Crown Street, book signings, book clubs for children as well as adults, and all of our special events. See you in the shop!
p.s. This is what we are all about: