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Community Space

Our classroom/events space is a lovely little nook, which currently goes unused at various moments throughout the week. So, we are opening it up as a community work space.

We can accommodate 8 people comfortably – groups and individuals are welcome. To avoid disappointment/frustration, we ask that you book your slot in advance.

Term time availability is as follows:

Mondays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Thursdays 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Fridays 10:00am – 3:00pm

For further information, or to book a place, please complete the contact sheet below or call us on 01277 230068.

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Competition Time

We are holding a Creative Writing Competition, which is open to all school aged children. The competition is split into Key Stages, with prizes on offer for each category.
The prizes will be a bundle of books for the winners, plus a free author/ illustrator visit for the overall winner’s school.
Here are the rules:
  • One entry per child
  • Entries must be clearly marked with the name, age, school year and school name
  • Entries can be typed or hand written
  • Entries to be delivered to Chicken and Frog Bookshop by 5:30pm, Monday 1st April
  • Entries must be original creations
  • Entries can be poetry or prose
The theme is ‘The Greatest Prank’.
Good luck!
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I’ve only just got used to writing 2019 as the date and yet, half term is already creeping up. The February half term is generally a bit tricky. The weather is soggy at best, causing the January blues to seep into the following month.

Never fear, we are on hand to entertain your children, so that you can have a bit of a breather. If you pop over to our sister site, you can find out about the Mini Fest that’s on from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February. Tickets are available via this snazzy link.

But, before the Mini Fest you have almost a week to fill. we’ve got it covered. As well as our regular Rhythm and Rhyme sessions, and Creative Writing*, there’s all of this:



*Please note that Creative Writing will not be running on the 23rd February, due to an awesome illustation workshop with Wilbur.

And to round the week off, there’s this:

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Book Club – Adults Only!

Last Friday our book club for adults met up to discuss A.F.Harrold’s The Song from Somewhere Else.


What follows is a very brief summary of our bookish chat, minus the tea and biscuits.

The poetic language certainly struck a chord with some members of the group. It’s very clear from this book that Ashley knows how to craft and manipulate language. Levi Pinfold’s illustrations are reminiscent of Jim Kay’s in A Monster Calls. The scratchy lines, blurred edges and dark depths brought Ashley’s words to life, adding a rich layer to the narrative.

The group were split with regards to Frank’s behaviour towards Nick, but all agreed that she and Nick were believable representations of children. Some wanted to know more about how Nick came into the world, and also find out more of Frank’s home life. Why was her mum absent so often?

All in all, we agreed that this novel tackles issues of friendship, bullying and other-worldliness in its own unique style.

On the 18th January we will be discussing this beauty:

And our February title is the latest novel from Karen McCombie:

Until next time, happy reading!

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#giveabook returns

This year’s #giveabook campaign launches on Saturday 3rd November.

It’s a very simple idea. We’re teaming up with Children First Fostering Agency again to get as many books as possible out to children in care. You pick the book, we’ll wrap and deliver it.

Not local? Don’t worry, we can take orders over the phone or via email. Payments can be made to PayPal: (please click on ‘friends and family’).

Let’s make this year’s campaign the biggest and best yet!


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Book Club?

I’ve been inspired by the brilliant author and storyteller extraordinaire, Chitra Soundar, to float an idea your way. Rather than try to word it myself, I’ll just share Chitra’s Tweet, which gets straight to the point:

So, my question is, who’s interested? I’m thinking one evening a month, here at the bookshop. Attendees purchase the book from us, in advance and get a free cup of tea or coffee at each meeting (plus biscuits of course). The first meeting could be an opportunity for us to meet and discuss our current favourite books – anything from picture books to YA, fiction and non-fiction, poetry…

If you’d like to get involved, let me know!

Happy reading,


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Are you Raring2go?

Hello all. Here’s some lovely news to finish our working week – we have been nominated for a Raring2go! Award.

If you would like to show your support, please click on the link. We don’t know which category we have been nominated for, but there are plenty to choose from, so you can support us and your other favourite, children-friendly businesses too!