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Childtastic goes pop-up!

Dear Readers,

I am very excited because tomorrow I am having my very first pop-up book stall! And it will be called Childtastic Books. 🙂

It’s all come about very suddenly, although I have been thinking about doing this for a while. Over the last two years, I have amassed a fairly large amount of children’s books which I am keen to pass on to other enthusiastic readers. So I asked about the possibility of having a stall in Oxford’s outdoor Thursday market – usually an antiques one, but tomorrow it’s also hosting a popular Farmers’ Market. I was told that my stall had been booked, leaving me in a bit of a panic about getting everything ready in time! I have now separated my books into picture books, small picture books, fiction for 7+, fiction for 9+ and teen fiction, with another box for non-fiction. There will also be a box for parents too, to browse.

There will be fairy lights (I hope) strewn around the stall, and I am happy to also advise anyone who wants suggestions of good books to read or buy, for themselves or others. I had lots of other ideas to try out, had I had the time, but it will be good anyway to see how things go, and hopefully chat to customers and other market stallholders. The only downside is the time – I need to be there by 8am at the latest! But it will be worth it, I am sure, if only for the experience.

If you are in or near Oxford tomorrow and fancy popping by to say ‘hi’ I would love to meet you! I think the market generally runs from 9am-3pm(ish) and there are lots of other interesting stalls. Let’s just hope the rain and wind hold off!

I will write an update of how it all went – perhaps with a picture or two!

Another view of the Antique Market
Antiques market on Thursdays in Oxford. Image courtesy of


Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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