Marilyn Brocklehurst is a librarian at heart. She worked her way up through the Library Service before leaving to set up her ideal bookshop - the Norfolk Children's Book Centre. Through the Centre she freely dispenses her unquenchable enthusiasm for books and reading. With over 60,000 personally selected books on display at the Centre and with her huge knowledge base she is called on to help in many ways e.g. with school library improvement, National conference support, the judging of National book awards and with book reviews for The Bookseller, The Guardian and others. In recognition of her life-long enthusiasm for children's reading, in February 2016 she was invited to become a Fellow of the English Association.
"There are so many wonderful books to suggest for Christmas this year, it’s difficult to know where to stop! Here are a few unmissable treats!"
Kate Read£7.99 £7.43
One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller is a gorgeous picture book which will entertain the youngest in your family. It’a book that’s perfect for sharing, with bold and beautiful pictures, a nice bit of tension and with a satisfying and perfectly realised ending.
Yuval Zommer£12.99 £12.08
A Thing Called Snow by Yuval Zommer introduces Hare and Arctic Fox who have never seen snow, and make it their business to find out what everyone’s talking about. It’s a great book to read aloud, and the illustrations are utterly lovely - in fact all Yuval’s books are really special.
Fiona Waters and Britta Teckentrup£25.00 £23.25
Everybody has fallen for Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, one of the most beautiful books to be published this Autumn. Published in conjunction with the National Trust, it has a natural history poem for every day of the year selected by Fiona Waters, and features the most exquisite illustrations provided by Britta Teckentrup. It’s one of those books that will be handed down from generation to generation - an absolute delight.
Sophie Anderson and Saara Soderlund£7.99 £7.43
Children from 9 and up will thoroughly enjoy Sophie Anderson’s The Castle of Tangled Magic. This prize winning author introduces Olia, the courageous and charismatic heroine who bravely negotiates the twists and turns of the cleverly constructed plot. Sophie has created an entertaining, twisted fairytale with added spark and with roots in ancient mythology.
The Book of Hopes, (words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain) edited by Katherine Rundell is just the sort of book needed right at this moment. Bite size thoughts, poems, doodles, funny stories, jokes, entertaining illustrations, happy stories, true stories, this is a book to be swept away by, to be comforted with in these difficult times, to dip into or to read in one sitting, to read aloud, or have someone read to you. Everyone’s favourite authors are to be found in these pages - there is something for children of all ages within. Proceeds from the sale go to The NHS, to whom the book is dedicated.
Elizabeth Wein£7.99 £7.43
The Enigma Game is a meticulously researched and highly readable thriller set in North East Scotland during the second world war. It has a cast of intriguing characters, and is packed with fascinating historical information, undercover plots and astonishing bravery. It’s a perfect choice for bored teenagers to curl up with on a winter’s day.
Our favourite reference book this year has got to be The All New Children’s Encyclopedia. Every child from nine to twelve would benefit from owning this browsable and fascinating tome - it has 424 pages of stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know. The pages are packed with interesting facts and informative illustrations about mummies, the brain, space, philosophy, history and so much else. It’s written by experts, and edited by the genius that is Christopher Lloyd. It would make a great family Christmas present.
Louise Boland£16.98 £15.79
Louise Boland’s Bookshop Tours of Britain demands to be taken on every journey around the UK. The author has written a very personal exploration of our wonderful country, meandering at a leisure place from town to town discovering a variety of fascinating places along the way - and of course visiting wonderful bookshops, and their often quirky and eccentric owners (ahem!) I’ve already planned my first adventure using this delightful book.
This list represents a tiny glimpse into our fantastic shop! If you're interested in more book recommendations, please get in touch with us via phone (01263761402) or email ([email protected]). If you're a teacher, ask for an Approval Collection to be sent to your school - we tailor each Approval Collection to any topic, age range and budget!