Make Polish gingerbread cookies
This time last year we had just sent our trial subscribers the beautifully written and illustrated The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer. It's a story set in Poland at Christmas and we included a recipe for delicious Polish gingerbread, or pierniczki (pronounced pier-nitch-key), in the activity pack that accompanied the book. Why not have a go at making some yourself this year?
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Parrot Street on the road this Christmas
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on and we are in the thick of the Christmas shopping season. We’ve had our busiest ever two weeks phew! It’s exhausting, but the truth is we love getting out and about to Christmas fairs, festivals and shopping markets. As a small online business, these events represent an invaluable opportunity to meet young readers, their parents and grandparents face-to-face.
Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2018
Our favourite books of 2018
Having thought back through the year we came up with these 10 fabulous titles which we’ve particularly enjoyed sharing with our families. Some are new books, others are old favourites and all of them would make a fantastic present under the tree this Christmas.
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Our Christmas book edit
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? With only a month to go, we’re sure you are already racking your brains for Christmas gift ideas. It won’t surprise you to hear that, in our opinion, books make the best gifts for kids of all ages! So we've shared five of our Christmas favourites.
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The power of funny books
Funny books are a serious business. It’s easy to dismiss them as frivolous and silly, but for nurturing a love of reading and encouraging reluctant readers in particular, they are extremely powerful.
Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018
Meet the Parrot Street Advisory Board
We're very lucky to be supported by an advisory board that provides feedback on our book selections and activity packs, discusses topics, themes and techniques appropriate for our age groups, and suggests age-appropriate activities for our packs.
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018
Our Halloween reading recommendations
We've recently enjoyed reading (and re-reading) some Halloween-related books with our kids. Here we share our top 6 spooky reads for you to try.
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Bookish activities for half term
We find it useful to always have a few activities up our sleeves when the kids are on school holidays, for those moments when tempers are fraying, or the weather has scuppered our plans. We share some of our favourite book-related activities from around the web.
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018
Inspire a lifelong love of reading
Reading builds language and literacy but that’s not where the benefits end. Studies show that reading for pleasure also has an enormous impact on our children’s emotional and social development. We share our tips for making reading an integral part of your family life.
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018
Let’s talk about books
By sharing and talking about the books we’ve read, we are able to explore what they mean to us and how they relate to our own lives, and that applies as much to our children as it does to us and our book club friends. Indeed, books allow our children to explore, question and work things out for themselves. So how do we encourage our kids to experience the joy and benefits of talking about books?
Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2018
Go on a literary adventure in London
Pairing a book with a day out is a great way to build the excitement and anticipation for your trip but we also know that encouraging children to think a bit more deeply about what they’ve read, and connect it to their own experiences, is hugely beneficial. We share ideas for five fabulous days out in London.
Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2018
Our favourite female heroines
Children’s literature is packed full of inspiring and empowering female characters. We were spoiled for choice when compiling this list, so share just five of our favourites.
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018
Why reading matters
Parrot Street Book Club is all about reading for pleasure. In this digital age, with so many things competing for our kids’ time and attention, we risk raising a generation who can read, but choose not to. We have to work harder than ever to inspire a lifelong love of reading in our children, so we're sharing the five reasons why we think it’s worth the effort.
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Our favourite graphic novels
Graphic novels are a great way of getting emerging and reluctant readers of all ages reading by themselves. They are a feast for the eyes, packed full of images to help engage young readers, while at the same time offering the sort of complex plot lines and deeper characterisation that middle grade readers are ready for. We share some of our favourite books and series for you to explore.
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
We are great advocates for reading together with our children, regardless of how young or old they are or how confident they are reading independently. We are all well aware of the benefits of reading aloud with young children, emerging and reluctant readers. But how many of us continue to read with our children once they have grown into confident independent readers?
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Discovering great (new) books
One thing we hear from parents time and again is that their kids will only read books by their favourite author or in their favourite series. While this sort of reading behaviour isn't neccessarily a bad thing, we share our tips for encouraging your child to read more widely.
Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018
5 top tips for inspiring your child to love reading
The aim of our book club is to get children thinking about and enjoying good books, not testing them on their reading skills. With so many digital distractions competing for their time and attention, how do we inspire them to choose and engage with a good book?
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2018
Who we are: 6 things you might not know about the Parrot Street team
We share a few lesser known facts about ourselves, by way of introduction to our blog!
Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2018