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Family fun for Independent Booksellers Week 2012

From a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to a nationwide Wally hunt, families can have a ball whilst supporting independent bookshops at this fiesta of local literature


Posted: 25 June 2012
by Fiona McKim

Can you remember visiting a bookstore as a child? For many budding bookworms, the quirky environment, attentive service and limitless adventures of the imagination available a mere shelf away can make a trip to a children’s bookstore a real treat. For the modern child, between E-books, apps and Amazon the experience of visiting a bespoke, independent bookshop may be an unfamiliar one, so why not give your child a taste of the literary life by taking in a family event during Independent Booksellers Week 2012?

Running between June 30 and July 7, this literary festival is a nationwide celebration of booksellers who are not only passionate about the products they purvey but also provide a cultural hub within their communities, often hosting author readings and events for every age and reading level. Now in its sixth year, this summer's event holds a plethora of exciting events for families to choose from, so read on for our top five picks from the programme:

Find Wally
June 30–July 28
This year marks the 25th anniversary of illusive wayfarer Wally’s first forays into print. To celebrate this milestone he is leaping off the pages and into independent bookstores country-wide, where any eagle-eyed children who manage to spot the stripy one will be in the running to win a shower of super prizes. For updates, keep checking the festival organiser's Twitter Feed.

Taffy Thomas
July 4
Bookends in Carlisle will be hosting this live storytelling session with wordsmith extraordinaire and storytelling laureate, Taffy Thomas, who will give an evocative reading from his new book of traditional Cumbrian folk tales.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
July 7
Step through the looking glass into Discover Story Centre in Stratford for this Alice In Wonderland themed jamboree. As well as meeting the fearsome Queen Of Hearts, illusive White Rabbit and Alice herself, children can join in with giant games and savour sweet jam tarts.

Gruffalo Tea Party
July 7
Children will feel as if they have taken a stroll through the deep, dark wood when they enter Bookends in Carlisle for this really wild tea party themed around Julia Donaldson’s curious creation, The Gruffalo.

July 7
Sweet Rationing
If your child bemoans the lack of sweets in his diet, head along to this free event at The Forest Bookshop in Coleford, where a local storyteller will spin the yarn of rationing during the war, then sweeten the deal by handing out old-fashioned sugary treats to all children in attendance.  

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