Discover Children's Story Centre

Little Tiger Picture Book Showcase 2019

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Yesterday, I headed off to a hot and humid London for the Little Tiger Picture Book Showcase. Held at the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, it was a very tiger-themed affair as their current immersive exhibition is ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea.’

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The afternoon started with the wonderful Tracey Corderoy sharing her new book, ‘Sneaky Beak’, illustrated by Tony Neal. Always a joy to hear, Tracey was full of energy and enthusiasm, interacting brilliantly with her audience. The story is an absolute joy, reminding us that all we really need is a good friend!

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After reading, Tracey showed everyone how to make rockets like the one Bear zooms off in in the story! I love Tracey’s events as she is always so well prepared and everyone always comes away with something that they have made. Parents and children quickly put together their rockets from the wonderful array of materials and soon children and rockets were zooming round the room!

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Next, Barry Timms shared his book, ‘Where Happiness Lives’, illustrated by Greg Abbott. Full of beautiful pictures with cut away sections and flaps to lift, this story is about Little Brown Mouse and how he learned to value what he had. It’s so lovely!

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Next was poet, James Carter who introduced music and madness to the proceedings as he took us on a journey to the stars with his poem, ‘Once Upon a Star’. He quickly had us all joining in and enjoying ourselves.

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All too soon, the party was over, but we still had a treat in store! Having met up with Jane from the FCBG, we went down to the basement to explore ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ exhibition. We followed the tiger paw prints…

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…and entered the wonderful world of Judith Kerr! So many little (and not so little) people were enjoying themselves exploring everything! Jane wanted to go down the slide, but decided to have a nice cuppa with the Tiger instead!

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As well as the Tiger, we enjoyed seeing Mog…

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…whilst lots of little ones enjoyed driving the bus!

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It was a wonderful day! Thank you to the Discover Centre for allowing us to explore and to Little Tiger for such a lovely gathering!

Discover Children's Story Centre

Discover Children's Story Centre is a wonderful place for inspiring stories and creativity. Children (and their parents) are encouraged to create their own stories for Hootah, the resident baby space alien, to send back to his planet Squiggly Diggly, which has run out of imagination.

On the first floor, you can enter Hootah's Hovering Observatron and take over the control panel. You can board the Lollipopter- 'part plane, part bus, part helicopter' - and fly through the clouds and sparkling lights which cover the ceiling.

On the Ground Floor, you can make your way through the giant trees of the Story World, stop at the castle, visit Hootah's Story Sorting Office or head for the beach with its little boat. Hootah birds fly in the sky and nest in the trees... Everywhere there are things to see and things to do!

Downstairs, there is a wonderful exhibition celebrating the work of Dr Seuss where storytelling, play and imagining go hand in hand. 

And then there's the Story Garden- an amazing green space with places to hide in and explore, trails to follow and giant musical instruments to make music with! You can slide down the tongue of a giant monster, clamber aboard a spaceship or sail away on a pirate ship. So much to do and so much to enjoy!

The Discover Children's Story Centre is a fantastic place for children to explore! You can find out more on their website.