Kett’s Books wants the same thing that schools do: we want to encourage a love of reading.
There are plenty of people in the world who can sell you a book, and we’re very aware of the lure of the internet. But we offer something the supermarkets and web can’t provide:
Once our team visisted a village school with several hundred books, balloons on sticks for everyone, and time to talk to parents and give advice. One mother lingered, described her three boys’ complicated needs, and left with a book she’d never have chosen for them, full of hope.
A few days later our manager was at the town swimming pool and bumped into the family. The boys, who had previously come to actively dislike reading, cornered her, saying “YOU’RE the lady who sold us that book!!” The mother was delighted to say that the book had captured their attention, given them a feeling of achievement, and created a sense of excitement about reading in their home.
This particular family had always had access to the professionals at the school, the library, and the vast choice of the internet. But because Kett’s Books brings excitement and choice as well as professional advice to where you are, we can be a long-lasting partner in your school’s effort to reach children as well as parents.
And we are only up the road. The parents who benefit from conversations with us at school book fairs often come back to the book shop for more advice, or to bring their children to a book group where they spend time with other children, growing their love of reading.
Our true ambition is to be friends with your school: when we have surplus posters, bunting, or even book samples, we frequently share them with our partner schools.
And just like in any friendship, when your school needs something, we’d like you to just check in with us, to see if it’s something we could supply.
We like to say ‘yes.’ Give us a ring to arrange an appointment, and we can discuss how we can form a mutually beneficial relationship, given your school’s needs.
Here’s some of what we offer:
- Because of our links with publishers, we can provide up-to-the-minute information about new books on almost any topic
- Because we are a retail shop, we have access to discounts which schools may otherwise be unaware of
- Because we are neither home nor school, we form an independent voice to encourage and act as a role-model to reluctant and emerging readers
We can also provide resources, from bookmarks and balloons, to author events.
What can you think of?
Attleborough Primary sent five sets of 30 reception children to visit our bookshop for a role-playing talk on “Where do books come from?” Adults and children alike had a great time. This was a project we’d not done before, but just realised from talks with the teachers that it was a good idea and worth a try.
We’re interested in what we can do to help you: we can also lead assemblies, talk to parents, hold evening ‘bedtime stories’ events – we are here to lend a hand, another pair of eyes, and a supporting voice in your literacy work. We’d love to hear about your needs, to create new solutions, and to talk about how we can work together.