Blogs

  • Nov
    17
    2021

Storytime at the Paxton Centre

Storytime at the Paxton Centre

Parakeet Books Co-founder Judy Skidmore will be reading a couple of our favourite books from the Parakeet library and introducing our new author, Abbi-Jean Reid. Abbi will then read her debut picture book, Ready for an Adventure! There will be dinosaur colouring in pages, some biscuits, and you can buy great coffee and tea from the Paxton centre cafe. Books on sale afterwards if you fancy buying one. ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • Oct
    15
    2021

New book launch!

New book launch!

Ready for an Adventure, by Abbi-Jean Reid and Bhumika Jangid is an absolute joy. With sumptuous imagery and snappy rhymes this book just sings and. ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • May
    27
    2021

Is diversity in children's books really that hard?

Is diversity in children's books really that hard?

Since the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, it seems like more people are working on diversity… In the children’s publishing industry we hear that everyone is trying. But the results are not happening fast enough. Do mainstream publishers understand what the end goal is? ...

By Abbi-Jean Reid
  • May
    27
    2021

Our newest illustrator... Bhumika Jangid!

Our newest illustrator... Bhumika Jangid!

Amazingly Bhumika, from Jaipur, is actually a science graduate. Later she studied graphic design and discovered her passion for children's book illustration, character design and cartoons. ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • May
    27
    2021

Introducing ...Abbi-Jean Reid

Introducing ...Abbi-Jean Reid

Abbi-Jean Reid is our new author. We are completely elated to have Abbi on board at Parakeet Books. ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • Mar
    24
    2021

Save on postage: click and collect

Save on postage: click and collect

Just as we climb out of lockdown we've sorted out Click and Collect on our website. ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • Mar
    24
    2021

Ammama, my role model.

Ammama, my role model.

Ammama was my best friend. I can’t remember why really, I don’t remember what we talked about. I just wanted to be with her and she wanted to be with me. ...

By Sheju Adiiyatiparambil John
  • Feb
    19
    2021

Diverse books are for everyone.

Diverse books are for everyone.

A good thing happened recently: Rita, who's 4 years old, said she wanted "hair and clothes like Mira". ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • Feb
    01
    2021

Storytime with Nigel Clarke from Cbeebies

Storytime with Nigel Clarke from Cbeebies

Nigel Clarke from Cbeebies is reading Eve's New Brother tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd February, at 10.40!! ...

By Judy Skidmore
  • Dec
    11
    2020

Big hair, don't care

Big hair, don't care

I’ve got big hair. It’s curly and black. And big. People say, “Are you Richard Ayoade?” They say, “WOW, can I touch it?” Once someone said, “This is a big client meeting, do you think you should cut your hair?” ...

By Sheju Adiiyatiparambil John

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