To celebrate the wonderful, amazing, magnificent news that we’ve been nominated for the British Book Awards Children’s Bookseller of the Year, we wanted to put together a list of some of our all-time favourite picture books. There’s a common theme throughout the list: these are innovative, gorgeously written and beautifully illustrated wonderbooks which all of us at the Golden Hare are crazy about. We’d love to hear from you too – which do you think are the best children’s books and why? Continue reading →

There’s a copy of Romeo and Juliet somewhere in my old high school which is badly graffitied. If you turn to the back of the small book, there are countless quotes scratched across the final pages in black and blue ink. The largest reads:

“And when I shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

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There’s a video making the rounds on YouTube at the moment: A Magazine is an iPad that Does Not Work. In the video, we see an adorable one year old girl gleefully swiping left and right on an iPad screen. Her face lights up as icons bounce back and forth, moving in and out of focus, when – all of a sudden – she finds the iPad replaced with a paper magazine. With a look of bewilderment on her face, the girl prods the magazine’s cover. She swipes at the photos inside, and tries to scroll down the columns. When the pictures fail to move, or light up, or grow, or shrink, the girl gives up – after all, where is the fun in a boring old page?!

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There is, doubtless, a thread of magic that runs through the way books come to us. As if we emit a pulse, like deep-sea locators, calling toward us certain books at certain times. Books to console. Books to bolster. Books to nourish. These books, when they come, assume a place in the pantheon of favourite books, and often, we return to them in times of unrest, because we require their solace once again. Continue reading →

The true tale of the Borden house is a terrifying one: the apparently haunted scene of a double murder, the main suspect the daughter of one of the deceased. For over a century ghost hunters from across the world have travelled to the town of Fall River, Massachusetts, to provoke the ghost of the accused Lizzie Borden and ask her if she truly was the one who killed her father and stepmother. A nursery rhyme about the story has frightened children for years. There are theories upon theories about who really killed Andrew and Abby Borden. This is by no means an easy story to tell. Continue reading →

Here at Golden Hare Books we love nothing more than hearing from our wonderful customers – especially younger readers! Have you read a book lately that you thought was absolutely brilliant? We would love to hear about it. If you email us a review of the book we’ll put it up in the children’s section of the shop and we might even feature it as our book of the week! Continue reading →

Over the last few years, Owen Hatherley has established himself as one of the brightest young cultural commentators in the UK and while most of his recent work (including last year’s excellent Landscapes of Communism) has focussed on architecture and the built environment, his latest book, The Ministry of Nostalgia, can be seen almost as a companion piece to his first.