Parrot Street HQ Blog

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

7 series for independent readers aged 9+

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Girl sat on a rock reading

Kids just love a series. Children of all ages like the familiarity of a series, of a character they’ve got to know over a number of books and having the confidence that they are picking up a book they know they’re going to enjoy. But what do you do when they’re stuck in a bit of a Harry Potter rut? We share our recommendations for series that are perfect for older readers.


Tips for using our activity packs

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

Ariki and the Giant Shark book and activity pack

One of the things that sets our kids book club apart from other book subscriptions is the carefully curated activity pack that we create to accompany each and every book we send. We talk a lot about the many social and intellectual benefits of reading for pleasure and our activity packs are designed to help you and your child connect with and get as much as possible out of each month’s book. These are our tips for getting the most out of your child’s Parrot Street subscription.


Book-inspired activities to do at home this summer

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Child pouring paint into a tray for a craft activity

The books our children read, and that we read with them, are the perfect jumping off point for some fantastic activities at home that flex their creative muscles and fire their imaginations. Here we share 5 simple ideas that could build on a child’s enthusiasm for a few different book genres (although in all honesty, we think they’d be fun for anyone!).