How is the pandemic impacting Berkelouw Books?
It has been a really tricky time because we have such a huge focus on author/illustrator events at the shop with kid’s book clubs, storytimes and sessions for the babies. We had a really awesome program planned for the year which we were both super proud of and super excited about sharing with you all. We had planned visits from Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier, Aaron Blabey, to name a few and also some exciting launch parties for new picture book authors.
I feel really sad for all those authors releasing their first ever children’s book and we can’t celebrate it with all the bells and whistles we normally would.
We hear that Berkelouw Books is now delivering books locally – is that right?
We are taking orders either over the phone or you can follow the links through Facebook and we can curate you a list for you to choose from, based on what you like to read.
We are also home delivering for those folk who don’t want to venture out of the house too. Check the map online to see if you are in our delivery zone.
We are also doing our storytime and rhyme time sessions live on Instagram and are looking at moving our bookclubs online too because we feel it is really important to stay connected during this crazy period.
What are some of the benefits of reading?
This is the perfect time for curling up with a good book and going crazy on the reading! Reading is such a great boredom buster, it helps us escape into whatever world we choose and in a time when we are socially isolated you can make some friends with a book character, I always feel like I become friends with some of my favourite characters from great books.
Why don’t you start your own online book club with some of your friends, you can swap book recommendations, all read the same book or even try contacting the author online to have a chat.
What are some great kids books that we might not already know about?
Some books we were due to discuss with the authors over book club this month were ‘The Chicken’s Curse’ by Frances Watts, a crazy romp through Rome, great for kids in year 3/4…
The Book Of Chance by Sue Whiting, another compelling read for 10+ looking for books that completely challenge them, we love Sue’s books in our year 5/6 bookcluw…
and everyone is excited about Anh Do’s new middle grade fiction E-Boy, for fans of his Wolf Girl series.
We also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supporting us, not only over the last few weeks but generally..we have such a fabulous community around us..especially the Kegworth community, we love you all lots!
Be kind, look after each other and happy reading!
Call the tram at Berkelouw Books Leichhardt on ( 02) 9560 3200