We are delighted to have contributed to this fantastic guide once again. You can click on the image to take a peek inside!
Grandpa’s Noises, Gareth St John Thomas & Colin Rowe
Grandpa’s Noises delivers in so many ways. From the fun illustrations, to the all-too-true issues surrounding Grandpa and his various sounds. Grandpa’s Noises is not only a fun story but acts as a guidebook of a favourite family member.
This joy of a book is the perfect story to share with Grandpas everywhere. The use of bold text which highlights Grandpa’s various sounds, adds an extra dimension to the story, as I am sure little ones will soon mimic them, making the reading experience interactive and great fun.
Published by: EK Books
Today, the Bookseller’s Association has announced the successful applicants for their latest tranche of the Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant launched in 2018.
After months of anxiously awaiting to hear if we were successful, we have found out that we were! So now we can tell you all about our plans, including the catalyst behind it.
As you may know, Mrs Claus visits us once a year, to give out free gifts to children who are in town for the Brentwood Light Up. It’s a really special time and one that we absolutely love. However, for children with sensory needs, the experience can be rather overwhelming, which is why we provided a sensory friendly grotto for children in 2018. Because the event was very well received, it will become a permanent fixture in our annual calendar.
The grotto got us thinking about what else we could do to support families with sensory needs. We wanted to provide a regular story-time session, with a resource lending library available. But, to get it right, in terms of adapting our space, creating the perfect loan resources and ensuring that the storyteller has the perfect books, songs etc. takes money…enter the brilliant BA Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant.
Here’s a quick run down of our plans:
- The sessions will run once a month in the first instance.
- Places will be booked in advance, so that the space doesn’t become over crowded.
- Families can borrow story bags (for a refundable deposit).
- A social story will be emailed to families, introducing the space and storyteller.
- A schedule of focus stories will be made available, so that families can pick and choose sessions to suit their child/ren.
As soon as we are ready to rock and roll, we’ll let you know. You may need to give us a month or so, to gather resources – we are super excited and hope that you are too.
In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, let us know.
We are super excited that this brilliant show is coming to Brentwood.
This BBC-Featured show promises swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented Morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories.
This exciting new concept show features award-winning comedians and improvisers who are challenged by one another to invent outrageously exaggerated swashbuckling stories based on the The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
You can pay whatever you feel on the day, but tickets must be booked in advance, as space is limited. Call, pop in or message us!
Creative Writing Club is having a mini-makeover. It will remain as bright and beautiful as before, but with a little nip and tuck.
As of 4th May, the format will change slightly. For the first 15-20 minutes, children will be invited* to take part in a group activity, with Natasha leading the way. Each week will have a theme – sometimes this will be linked to a specific day or event, others may appear more random!
For the rest of the session, the group may choose to continue with the suggested theme, or go off on a tangent.
We will trial the new format for three months, to give it a fair chance. Hopefully the children (and parents) will welcome the change.
The sessions will continue to be a drop-in, with no need to book. We suggest age 6+. Parents do not stay, although you are welcome to chill out in the cafe corner. Juice and biscuits will still be provided and drawing will, as always, be highly encouraged.
*If any child wishes to do their own thing from the beginning, that’s absolutely fine.
4th May: Star Wars Day – space will be our setting.
11th May: Link to Book Club (The Closest thing to Flying) – imagine finding someone’s diary.
18th May: Author, Lexi Rees will be joining us.
25th May: Maps – we will draw maps to kick start our stories.
1st June: Family Trees – create a family tree, which links characters together.
8th June: Alice Day! We will be creating topsy-turvy, nonsense poems.
15th June: Dads feature in so many wonderful tales. Who is your favourite?
22nd June: Surprise!
29th June: Knock-knock…International Joke Day is on the 1st July. What makes something funny?
6th July: Pick a prompt – it’s a lucky dip with a difference.
13th July: Story cubes for zany mini tales.
20th July: It’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We are astronauts.
27th July: J.K.Rowling’s birthday is on the 31st – create your own magical creature or a new cohort of children for Hogwarts.