- Let’s squeal and squeak! It’s ‘Independent Bookshop Week’! 😃📚
Would you believe that this week has actually seen the 10th annual celebration for independent booksellers in the UK? How wonderful is that?! With an array of author events, poet tours and book awards happening within the 400 independent booksellers taking part across the UK this week, there has been something for everyone.
Now I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that independent bookshops are hugely important. Not only because they are another place for readers to source their much-loved books, but they also help in building a sense of community within the town or city that they are situated. They are able to form connections with local schools, libraries, businesses and authors, that the large, high-street, chain bookstores are unable to do. This is turn provides a much richer experience for the book buyer.
The Booksellers Association has said that this year’s IBW is being held at a time of “increased optimism and a more buoyant market for independent bookshops” after 23 shops opened last year. 2015 also saw print book sales rise for the first time in eight years, up by 6.6%. This is truly fantastic news and something indeed to be celebrated. So, if you’re at a loose end this weekend, go visit your local bookshop, browse their worn shelves, feel part of your own community, support a small business and treat yourself to your next read. 😉📚
In the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, I’m rather excited to tell you that we’ll be running a competition to win signed copies of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, my 9th Whimsy Wood children’s book! This book will officially be launched on July the 2nd and the competition will run from this coming Saturday (June the 25th), until the launch date.
The competition will be run on the Whimsy Wood Facebook page. All you need to do is make/bake/create a chocolate caterpillar cake, take a photo of it and post the photo on the Whimsy Wood Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhimsyWoodSeries/ .Winners will be posted, again on this page, on July 3rd. To help you, please see the quick and easy #chocolate #caterpillarcake #recipe below. Good luck! 😃📚🐛✨
Well, that’s all from me for this week!
With whimsical wishes,
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.