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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 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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Interview with writer and aspiring children's author - Lowri Kirkham

April Prendergast

Lowri has been writing stories for the last five years and mainly writes picture books and young adult fiction novels. She is justcompleting a BA in Childhood and youth studies with a focus on Children's literature. For many years she didn't share her stories but this last year or so she has started to turn writing into a profession.

Lowri kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about her and her wonderful stories.

 

 

 

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Interview with author and illustrator, Ellie Sandall

April Prendergast

Ellie writes and illustrates children's picture books and Booktrust recently chose her book "Everybunny Dance" to help them celebrate National Bookstart week.  Ellie also runs children's art classes from her beautiful little studio in Lincolnshire.  We were delighted when Ellie kindly agreed to be interviewed by us so that we could find out lots more about her and her wonderful work.

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Interview with Gavin Rhodes, author of Superstar Kids

April Prendergast

Gavin has recently self-published his first children's book - Superstar Kids.  Studying Finance at University in Manchester and subsequently working in banking and technology for 15 years isn't the most traditional route for a budding children's book author, so we spoke to Gavin to find out more about him and his book.

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National Bookstart Week

April Prendergast

This week has been National Bookstart Week and there have been lots of fantastic events all across the country.  It has been extra special this year as BookTrust celebrated 25 years of helping families enjoy reading together through the Bookstart Programme.

The theme this year has been Let’s Explore Outdoors!

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Interview with young entrepreneurs from Henrietta Barnett Grammar School

April Prendergast

Firefly are a group of 16 highly motivated and passionate girls from Henrietta Barnett Grammar School who took on the challenge of a Young Enterprise Project and have created a fantastic, glow in the dark, children's book.

We absolutely love their philosophy which is "to teach young children that everyone is special in their own way."  They believe that every child glows without exception and their goal is to send that message to children everywhere.

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Interview with N.G.K. Author of Harry The Happy Mouse

April Prendergast

N.G.K. is the bestselling children's picture book author whose first book 'Harry The Happy Mouse' has featured on the Amazon bestseller lists in Paperback and eBook. N.G.K. has worked with Janelle Dimmett to produce what has been called "a future classic". Used in schools across the world, Harry The Happy Mouse promotes 'Pay It Forward', teaching children about kindness. The Harry The Happy Mouse books have gone to number one in both America and the UK.

We were delighted to interview N.G.K and find out more about him and his books.

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Interview with paediatrician, Dr Emily Whitehouse

April Prendergast

Emily qualified as a doctor in 2008 after studying medicine and psychology at Edinburgh University.  She now works in Manchester Children's Hospital and has 18 months left before completing training to become a consultant in paediatrics.  She enjoys sleeping, eating and trying to find time to read, play the piano and see friends and family in her spare time.

We would love you to read our interview with Emily, in which she shares her advice for preparing a child for a visit to hospital, tells us where parents and carers can go for more help, provides book recommendations and much more!

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