Books on the Hill

Duncan Beedie's Mendip Moon Mission!


Today, the wonderful Duncan Beedie visited school to judge the ‘Reading Rocks’ competition which we held as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Everyone was very excited!


We had some wonderful entries to our competition. Having an illustrator as a judge really inspired the children and they could not wait to find out who had been chosen for each year group. Everyone who chose to enter received a certificate and the one Duncan chose from each year group would be able to choose one of his books which he would sign for them.


Duncan led two assemblies- one for EYFS and KS1 and one for KS2. Announcing the winners, he praised all the entries and said how impressed he was by their quality. He explained why he had made his choices and the children were delighted!


After play, Duncan spoke to our KS1 and EYFS children, delighting them by appearing in his spacesuit! They were very excited and love the story about Molly and her moon mission. Duncan showed them how to draw her and the results were amazing! Such concentration!


An author/illustrator visit has such an impact on children- it’s an absolute joy to see! Whether it encourages them to borrow a book from the library, draw some pictures, read a story or talk to their friends and family about what they have seen, it is such a worthwhile experience.

Thank you so much to Duncan for agreeing to come and join us and to Alistair from Books on the Hill for coming and selling books. What a wonderful way to continue our WBD celebrations! More to come on Monday with Sam Gayton!

You can read our review of Molly’s Moon Mission here.

You can read our review of The Last Chip here.

Brilliant Bookshop: Books on the Hill, Clevedon


Today, I visited Books on the Hill, a local treasure which is found in Clevedon. Run by Alistair and Chloe, the shop has a wonderful range of books on offer- and some interesting additions not usually found in a bookshop- loose leaf teas and a fabulous range of tea pots!


The Children’s section is very well-stocked, offering a wide range of titles, I was delighted to find the new ‘Seaview Stables’ from Tracey Corderoy - signed from a recent event Alistair had provided a book shop for. i also bought ‘The Electric Venus’ by Julie Mayhew, the new Dundoodle Mystery by David O’Connell and The Winged Horse Race by Kallie George.


A delightful range of picture books is also available. There is plenty of choice and the books are attractively displayed, making it easy to browse and discover those must-have purchases. This year’s World Book Day books are proudly displayed in their own stand and the shop also offers an interesting range of cards and bags.


Books on the Hill is an active part of the community, offering author events in store as well as supporting events elsewhere. They recently provided us with a bookshop for Sophie Henn’s visit and are coming again on Friday, when Duncan Beedie will be with us. They are also supporting Clevedon School with a gifting scheme to fill their new library. Such an excellent idea!


Light and airy, the shop is spread over three levels, with space used cleverly to maximise space and appeal. Offering a range of books from independent publishers and specialising in dyslexic-friendly books and the Sci-fi and Fantasy genres, this is a shop to investigate!

Books on the Hill, Hill Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7PL
Telephone: 01275 873647