Hatchards

Half Term Book Crawl!

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This week, I have been on a quest to seek out some of the best books on offer for this year’s North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2019. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Although I wasn’t able to visit as many as I’d hoped due to other things getting in the way, I managed to visit some in London, Bath, Bristol and Taunton.

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It’s always a pleasure to pop in to Waterstones Picadilly and have a browse in the children’s section. I love the way it is laid out and the displays they have. I found some great non-fiction ideas here as well as some suggestions for our Read Aloud category.

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Close by is Hatchards- delightfully charming with its old-fashioned air and quiet rooms- another favourite for spending some time. I spent quite a while sitting in their children’s room, exploring a large pile of treasures. Found some wonderful picture books here!

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Although not a bookshop and alarmingly changed since I used to visit as a child, I must include this picture of Paddington I took when I popped into Hamleys as it made me very happy!

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Foyles on the Southbank was a veritable cornucopia of book-ish delight for many categories. Once again, there was lots of wonderful non-fiction and I chose a few books which I think will work really well as Quality Fiction candidates.

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Foyles in Bristol was equally interesting and offered some additional finds. (This picture was taken a while ago as I forgot to take a photo whilst there!)

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Bath offers the triple joy of Waterstones, Mr B’s and Toppings.

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All three produced some great ideas, but poetry remains the hardest category to find a wide selection of ideas for. Still, we will continue searching!

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Visiting Mr B’s was a particular delight this time as they have extended and now have their new children’s room which is a wonderful space, well worth a visit.

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Finally, I visited the stalls at Reading Rocks on Saturday. Book Island were there with their usual fabulous selection of very original and beautiful picture books. Bookwagon had a stall there with lots of lovely books, many translated or by authors/ illustrators from other countries. The main bookshop was provided by The Roving Bookshop whose range never ceases to amaze me. I found some real treasures, not necessarily for the awards, but wonderful books it’s hard to get hold of now! I think we need a new award’s category to pay tribute to these!

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So, lots of lovely new books ready for consideration, but many more still to discover! Let’s get reading!

Brilliant Bookshops: Hatchards, Piccadilly

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Since 1797, Hatchards has been in Piccadilly, making it London's oldest bookshop. It is a beautiful shop with a lovely atmosphere- and many, many books!

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Climbing the grand staircase, the children's department is found on the second floor and is full of goodies. Recommendations are proudly displayed in every nook and cranny and there is something for all ages. I particularly enjoyed browsing the picture book section.

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An oasis of calm and bookish delight, Hatchards is definitely worth a visit- just leave yourself plenty of time to explore!