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Once Upon a Time…

We are almost ready to launch our sensory story-times. The first session will take place on Saturday 6th July, at 11:00am.

The sessions are specifically designed for children with additional sensory needs. The room will be transformed into a wonderful sensory-friendly space, so that you and your child will feel relaxed and happy. We are not going to designate an age for the sessions, as you know your child better than anyone.

Here’s the story focus for the first three months:

Each session will start with a story, followed by songs and a chance to play with the beautiful sensory toys we have bought.

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend, we do ask that you complete this SensoryStoryRegistrationForm as soon as possible.

Story sacks, with idea cards, will be available to borrow, for a £25 refundable deposit. Currently, we have:

  • Room on the Broom
  • We’re Going a Bear Hunt
  • Dear Zoo
  • Handa’s Surprise
  • Old MacDonald
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.


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Grandpa’s Noises

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


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Teen Book Club

We are launching the Teen Book Club, on Saturday 29th June at 3:00pm.
Each month you will vote from a hand-selected three titles and that will be the following month’s book. However, as this will be our first meeting, Natasha has chosen the book for the coming month, so that it is ready and waiting for you to collect.
For our first meeting, feel free to bring along a favourite book or two to talk about.
Natasha has selected William Sutcliffe’s ‘The Gifted, the talented and Me’.
Here’s a little about the book:
Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he’s never gone viral, and he doesn’t want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he’s ordinary and proud of it.
None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam’s off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone’s busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands.
A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness.
The group just costs the RRP of the book.
01277 230068
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Sensory Story-time

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.

Ta da!

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.

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Baron Munchausen

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!