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Chicken And Frog is an exciting Bookshop for children in Brentwood; They are in the process of setting up their second book club (one for kids and the other for adults) so we have a 2-4-1 questionnaire this month. I love how the Chicken and Frog Bookclub choose their titles each month, and that one member joins in from Scotland via Skype, how fabulous is that?!
Chicken and Frog Book Club launched in 2013, just a few months after the shop opened. We had some ‘regulars’ coming along to writing club who wanted more!
Children’s Book Club will launch in November. It was inspired by the brilliant author, Chitra Soundar, who tweeted the idea about a children’s book club for adults. It spiralled very quickly and we have 15 people booked in for our first meeting.
CFBC: The club has evolved greatly. We now have two titles to choose from each month, which cover a wider age range. One child a month pitches three titles, which the group then vote on. We also have a member who has moved to Scotland, so she joins us via Skype, which is great!
CBC: It’s too early to be evolved yet. We’ll keep you posted.
CFBC: Child-centred fun
CBC: Grown-up children
CFBC: Democratically! One child a month pitches three titles and the group vote.
CBC: Natasha has chosen the first title and then we'll vote from a selected three titles.
CFBC: At Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood.
CBC: Chicken and Frog Bookshop
CFBC: It's 45 minutes of chat about the book, plus a creative activity based around the book. If we're lucky, we Skype or Tweet the author too.
CBC: There are wine, nibbles and plenty of chat on offer. It's a very relaxed event.
CFBC: Snowglobe, Amy Wilson.
CBC: Our first title is A.F.Harrold's The Song from Somewhere Else.
CBC: Not yet!
CFBC: Ooh, too hard to choose!
CFBC: Not really, but Abi Elphinstone has proven very popular.
CFBC: Visits from authors, either in person or via Skype. Lisa Thompson and Juliette Forrest are the most recent.
CBC: I expect it may be the wine. But also, a chance for adults to celebrate the beauty of children's books.
CFBC: Listen to the group. The books have to peek their interest.
CBC: Be passionate, offer something unique.