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73 High Street
Chapeltown, Turton BL7 0EW
United Kingdom

We aim to inspire children to read and have even more fun with books.

We have lots of ideas, fun activities and a book ladder challenge for you to enjoy.  All for free!

We love book swaps and have free materials for you to use and some top tips to hep organise your own.

We also have a shop full of lovely goods to help inspire children and aid their development. 

Blog Posts

Prenderland News and Interviews

Interview with Amanda Overend - Founder of Books & Pieces

April Prendergast

Amanda founded Books and Pieces after she spotted a gap in the market for low price books with a personalised service.  As she is a lover of books and a bit of a bargain hunter, she has been able to combine two of her assions in Books and Pieces.

Amanda is a wonderful mum to three bubbly boys and is truly one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.

We think you will really enjoy finding out more about her and her fabulous business.

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Don't Wait For The Rash

April Prendergast

There is still a huge misconception that those suffering from meningitis will develop the terible rash but this isn't true.  Many, like our beautiful goddaughter Clara who we lost to meningitis at just 10 months old, will never develop a rash.

Please don't wait for the rash.

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Cook-a-Book

April Prendergast

We were over the moon when Laura, founder of Edible Explorers, agreed to help us with this blog post.

Throughout 2018 we want to bring our Fun with Books ideas alive , so that you can really see how much fun can be had with books in lots of different ways.

To start us off we have, "Let's Bake!" 

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Interview with The Little Reading Club

April Prendergast

We discovered The Little Reading Club through Instagram and were delighted when Catherine agreed to talk to us about why she set it up and what she hopes it will achieve.  Enjoying books and reading is such an important part of a child's development ,so we are huge fans of all initiatives which aim to inspire children to read and have more fun with books.  We want to do whatever we can to support businesses like The Little Reading Club in the hope that they will inspire parents, carers and children to read. 

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Why you should encourage your child to tell tales

April Prendergast

Many, if not all of you, with children over the age of two may often find yourself saying to them, "stop telling tales!".

As I started to think about National Storytelling Week and what I could share with you all to help you have even more fun at storytime, it dawned on me that I need to turn the tale telling on its head.  Instead of telling Rosie to "stop telling tales", I should encourage her to tell tales.  

So, I have put together some ideas that you could use for storytime duirng National Storytelling Week and beyond, including, "Tell Tales"

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Interview with Suzanne Hemming - Author of Award Winning Book "She's Not Good for a Girl, She's Just Good!"

April Prendergast

Suzanne Hemming was a stay at home mum to her daughter, Thea, when she put pen to paper, and began to write rhyming children’s stories.  Reading to Thea is something Suzanne and her husband, Richard, have done since since Thea was tiny, but she (Suzanne not Thea!) was becoming increasingly fed up of books about pink princesses, who waited for the prince to whisk them away.

In searching for inspiring and empowering books for girls, and (with the exception of a few amazing authors) after discovering there are limited choices, she decided to start writing.  The idea to self-publish one of her stories, and set up a publishing company, led to Thea Chops Books, and the start of a new career as author and publisher.

We are huge fans of her first book "She's Not Good For a Girl, She's Just Good!" so were delighted when she agreed to do an interview with us so that we could find out ore about her and Thea Chops Books.

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

April Prendergast

The highly anticipted shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 has been announced, with fiction favourites flaunting strong female leads. 

Wizards, warriors, wabbits, weird worlds, long forgotten leper colonies and creepy things that go bump in the night take the top spots in the 2018 Blue Peter Book Awards shortlisted titles, fighting for a chance to win one of two prestigious awards: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

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Interview with Dr Niamh - Author of "Find My Name In The Alphabet Train"

April Prendergast

Dr Niamh is a children’s books’ author with a PHD in Learning Through The Imagination. 

She spent 30 years working as a psychotherapist ~ work which took her to live and work in the Horn of Africa for 10 years, during the war-torn nineteen-nineties for Oxfam, UNICEF and World Food Programme.

She now dedicates herself to being a Nana and writing and developing personalised children’s books.  We were over the moon when she agreed to tell us more about her latest book "Find My Name In The Alphabet Train".

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Alphabet and Number Flash Cards

April Prendergast

We really want to show children that learning can be lots of fun.  We therefore developed our alphabet and number flash cards to help us with this.

A number of people have asked us recently what age group the flash cards are best for and how they can use the flash cards with children.  So we have decided to do a blog post to help with this and give you all lots of ideas for how to have fun with them.

We have collated our ideas in three broad categories; babies, toddlers and preschoolers/older children.  These categories are just meant as rough guides as we know that all children develop at their own pace.

Please note that we are not early years specialists, nor are we teachers.  We are parents who want to inspire children to learn and develop.  These ideas are just some simple and fun ways to help your children learn and have fun at the same time.

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Interview with Toy Box Tots

April Prendergast

When we found out about Toy Box Tots we just knew we had to share it with you.  Toy boxes to rent all based around children's books.  Such a wonderful idea!

We really hope you enjoy finding out about this wonderful new business.

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Interview with Theo Paphitis to support National Dyslexia Week

April Prendergast

Many of you will know Theo Paphitis from his Dragons' Den fame. 

You will probably also know that he is an incredibly successful businessman and in 2015 launched the "Theo Paphitis Retail Group".  This Group encompasses Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue. .   

The sportsfans among you may also know that Theo’s passion for sport, led him to having eight marvellous years as Chairman of Millwall Football Club, achieving promotion to the Championship and the FA Cup Final against Manchester United as well as qualifying for Europe.

What you may not know about Theo is that he left school at the age of 16 with no qualifications, due to his dyslexia.

Theo is incredibly supportive of other people and is passionate about raising awareness of dyslexia.  He therefore kindly agreed to do this interview with us and we really think you're going to love his answers.

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Interview with Deputy Headteacher, Pete Allen

April Prendergast

"Back to school" has been a big theme all over the country for the past couple of weeks.  We hope it has gone really well for you all.

We have been lucky enough to interview Deputy Headteacher, Mr Allen, to find out why he loves being a teacher and why he thinks reading is such an important part of a child's development.

 

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Interview with BookTrust's Emily Drabble

April Prendergast

BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Emily Drabble from BookTrust very kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about BookTrust and how we can all support the incredible work it does.

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Interview with Stacey Painter, founder of Mama Knows Best

April Prendergast

Stacey has recently set up her own business, Mama Knows Best, in order to help others in relation to fertility, pregnancy and birth. Giving birth to her lovely daughter is the biggest achievement of her life so far.  It sparked her desire to get the word out there and give others the same empowering experience that she had.  Birth evokes powerful emotions that remain forever with you, sometimes as strong as the day you gave birth. Stacey wants others to experience what she and so many Wise Hippo mamas have had.

Stacey kindly agreed to do this interview so that we could find out more about her and her fabulous new business.

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