Parrot Street HQ Blog

Musings from Emily and Sarah on books, reading and family-friendly activities

Business as usual at Parrot Street

Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Neon sign saying Open

It’s been a very strange and unsettling week, but as we all adjust to our new normal, we wanted to reassure our subscribers that it is business as usual at Parrot Street HQ.


Blue Peter Book Award covers

A very wise publishing person once told me that, in the world of children’s publishing, ‘prizes don’t sell books’. It’s true that even the biggest children’s book prizes don’t get the same media coverage as, say, the Booker Prize, meaning that of course the winning books don’t get the same exposure as the equivalent adult prize-winners. And yet they are a fantastic way to identify some of the best new children’s books and authors and a great place to discover your next favourite read. We share our guide to the children’s book prizes worth following.


Everything you need to celebrate World Book Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mother and daughter reading a bedtime story

Our favourite day of the year is almost here – hooray! Don’t panic if you haven’t got your costume sorted yet, as we’ve got some super easy World Book Day costume hacks for you, plus lots of other creative ways you can celebrate with your young bookworms this week.