Everything you need to celebrate World Book Day

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.

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

5 things to do during half term

It’s always a good idea to have a few activities up your sleeve, ready to keep the kids busy as soon as you hear the dreaded words: ‘Mum, I’m bored!’ Here are 5 book-inspired activities to have at your fingertips.

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Quick craft activity: make your own superhero costume

With World Book Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s costume! Here’s something the kids can create all by themselves and might be a fun activity for the half term holidays.

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Play our favourite memory game

The book we sent our Cockatoos this month had us thinking about the brain and our memories. So we thought it would be a bit of fun to share one of our favourite memory games: Kim's Game.

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019

Spooky craft ideas for Halloween

This month we sent our Parakeet subscribers Vlad: The World’s Worst Vampire about a little vampire who wants to go to school though he knows his spooky family will disapprove. Not only is it a cracking read for kids aged 5 to 8, it also gave us the opportunity to have lots of fun with spooky activities!

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tips for using our activity packs

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.

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

Book-inspired activities to do at home this summer

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!).

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019

10 things to do before the kids go back to school

There are still a couple of weeks left before the kids go back to school, which means there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy these literary-related events around the country

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Quick science activity: Make your own compass

In this month's book for our Cockatoos, the main characters go on a breathtaking adventure and rely on their compass to get by. So we thought it would be fun to show you how you can make your own compass using a pin, a magnet and a few others bits you will have at home.

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Quick craft activity: Make tissue paper flowers

We love getting crafty with the kids and when we can link it to a book we’ve been enjoying it’s even better. Back in December 2018 we sent our subscribers a simply magnificent book by Bren MacDibble called How to Bee. The activity pack we produced contained instructions for making these beautiful tissue paper flowers and we thought the summer holidays were a great chance to share them again.

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

What do you get in a Parrot Street Book Club pack?

One of the things that makes our kids book subscription unique is that there is more to it than just books. We also believe there’s more we can do to get kids thinking and engaging more deeply with what they’re reading. Our carefully curated monthly parcels are designed to take the reading experience beyond the page.

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019

What Reading in the Park is all about

Reading in the Park is our way of celebrating the social side of reading with our local community. What a pleasure to be able to enjoy the warmer weather, get outside and get kids reading!

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Why a literary festival makes a great family day out

You may think a literary festival would be no place for kids, with lots of long lectures and intellectual discussion but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The breadth and depth of events for children at these festivals is simply stunning. Here's why we love them and are taking a stall at three in the next few months.

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2019

5 activities to keep the kids busy at home this holiday

With the weather forecast not looking great for the next few weeks our hopes of spending hours outdoors with the kids may be dashed. So we thought it would be good to share a few indoor activities that you can have up your sleeve for the more miserable days. They’re always a hit with our kids and take very little preparation so you can whip them out when a bit of distraction is needed.

Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Parrot Street recommends: 12 things to do in the Easter holidays

The Spring term has whizzed by in a blur of World Book Day costumes and the Easter holidays are just around the corner. We don’t know about you, but the school break has rather snuck up on us. In case you’re casting around for ideas to fill the holidays and keep your little bookworms busy, here’s a round-up of our favourite things to do. Fingers crossed for two weeks of sunshine!

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019

40+ ideas for simple World Book Day costumes

We enjoy making life that bit simpler for parents when it comes to anything book-related, so have put our heads together and come up with over 40 children’s book character costumes that are easy to recreate. Some require a bit more crafting than others but half term seems like the perfect time to get started and even enlist the children’s help too!

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2019

6 book-related things to do during half term

We thought it would be useful to share a few book-related activities which you can have up your sleeve in case you are in need of things to keep the kids busy over the half term break.

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019

Make your own comic strip

We love sharing comic strips and graphic novels with our children but know that creating our own can be just as fun. We share some tips to get started and a fun downloadable template.

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019

How to set up a book club for your kids

Informal book clubs organised by a group of friends have become increasingly popular amongst the UK’s adult population in recent years. But what about our children? Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? If you’ve got a young bookworm in your family, why not help them set up their own book club?

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2019

10 minute craft activity: make a badger puppet

Doing a craft activity that’s related to a book you’ve read is a great way to encourage children to think a bit more deeply about the story or characters. It encourages conversations and can spark little imaginations to get creative too, so here are some instructions for making one of your own.

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019

Using a Parrot Street Book Club pack: a teacher’s tips

We’re very excited to feature our first guest post on this blog, written by Sarah Waddington from Teatime-English. Sarah is a former primary school teacher who now tutors English to children around the world. It’s a fascinating insight into how our packs could work in a learning environment and we love the activities she devised.

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2018

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

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

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