Posted on | March 20, 2011 | 6 Comments
Next month The London Book Fair (LBF) takes place. The LBF is a large book-publishing trade fair held annually for publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and industry suppliers from over 100 countries.
The LBF has a large section dedicated to children’s books and this is why I was very keen to attend. I wanted to find out the latest about new children’s books, not just from the UK but from all over the world and also to build up relationships with specialist children’s book publishers. This vision was all with an eye to enabling me to write about the very best children’s books and the most exciting developments in the world of children’s publishing. In other words I wanted to attend in order to make this blog a more interesting blog full of stimulating content that you would want to read.
Attending LBF seemed like a pipe dream – I don’t live nearby, and I make no money from Playing by the book. But, and I can barely tell you how pleased and excited I am by this, through the generous sponsorship of Tidy Books I will now be attending The London Book Fair.
Tidy Books is a UK based company with a growing international presence who specialise in simple, beautiful storage products for families and children, especially those who love books. Their flagship product is the Tidy Books Bookcase.
As you’ll know already, children’s books often don’t fit easily onto regular bookcases – they’re often outsized and differently shaped. Also, kids love to choose what to read or listen to by looking at the covers of books, rather than at the spine.
The Tidy Book Bookcase addresses all these issues by enabling your children to store their books on their own dedicated bookcase where books face outwards, they don’t need to be packed tightly to prevent them falling over and tall books are no problem.
An added bonus of this bookcase is that it doesn’t take up much room – because books are shelved facing forwards, the unit is less than 10 cm deep enabling you to hang it behind doors, beside beds and in any place where a deeper bookcase wouldn’t fit.
We have a Tidy Book Bookcase and I honestly couldn’t praise it enough – the kids adore it (it’s at their level, they can see what they want, they can easily rearrange their books) and I adore it (it looks great, was a doddle to put together and most importantly of all, I’m convinced it encourages the girls to get books down themselves to read).
So, although it’s personally a huge departure for me to enter into sponsorship for Playing by the book and our activities here, I’m really very proud to now be working with Tidy Books. I’m grateful for the opportunities their sponsorship will afford me, and I’m convinced it will help the blog grow in a way that will ultimately benefit you – my readers.
I’m sure that over the coming weeks I’ll be writing more about Tidy Books but in the meantime, you can read the Tidy Books Blog here, you can follow Tidy Books on Twitter here and you can find and like Tidy Books on Facebook here. If you’re in the US or Canada there’s still just enough time to enter a giveaway to win your own Tidy Books Bookcase, over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness (the giveaway closes at 12pm EST on March 21st).
And if you are going to The London Book Fair and would like to meet up, please get in touch! It would be great to meet some of you in person and what better place than at the book fair?