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Booktime – November December 2021

The latest edition of Booktime is out!

Here’s the digital version:

and if you’d like a paper copy, please email us to request one (we’ll have to charge £1 postage if you live outside the local area)







The listings are here (or type in the ISBN)

As always, please tag us on social media in any photos or posts where you’ve talked about books you’ve read or activities you’ve done!
@nickelbooks on instagram, facebook, and twitter


Local area defined as Sittingbourne, surrounding villages, Sheppey

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Christmas Catalogue 2021

I know it’s only October, but I’m so excited to share this year’s Chrsistmas Catalogue with you!

I’ll be receiving paper copies for distribution within the next week or so, so if you’d like a copy, please let me know. (Paper copies can be delivered to you within Kent free of postage, but I have to charge £1 postage for outside of Kent – this is at time of going to press, it might be less if it’s a letter size)

Here’s the online version of the catalogue for you to browse – please do share it wide and far!
I’ll be adding the product listings to the website soon, but in the meantime, if the book isn’t already on the website, please do contact me to order.

(the catalogue will open in a new window when you click on it)

And you can order the books through the shopping page here:

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Booktime September/October 2021

We’re pleased to present the latest Booktime magazine!

You can read it digitally here:

and there will be paper copies available, too, so if you would like a paper copy, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get one to you. I will have to charge postage of £1 to post if you are not in the local area (basically outside of Kent)

All books will be available to order through us, either through the website, by phone, email or in person.

On the website, look for

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Independent Bookshop Week 2021

We’re fully in the swing of IBW2021 here!

As well as sending out FREE £5 National Book Token vouchers (I had 100 in total – at time of going to press I have about half of those left! If you want one, PLEASE get in touch!), we’ve been collating loads of publishers’ activity sheets and learning resources – if you have a particualr book in mind, please do search for the book using the website’s search function, you might find it’s already available there!

In the mean time – here are some of our favourites!
(click the picture to download the pack/sheet/resource)


























As always, if you share on social media any photos etc of you (and your children) enjoying books or downloads that you’ve found through us, please do tag @nickelbooks and hashtag #nickelbooks, #IBW2021, #BooksAreMyBag.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, Nosy Crow, Harpercollins Children’s Books, Walker Books, MacMillan Children’s Books… for the downloads.


Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, Save



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Booktime May/June 2021

May/June’s edition of Booktime magazine is out now!

I have paper copies, which will be being delivered this week to local homes, but you can read the digital edition here:

You can find the titles to purchase by typing in the name or ISBN of the book you want to buy.

Please take note of the publication date, in case it’s not available yet!

Please share any books you’ve bought and enjoyed on our social media – we’re on facebook, instagram, tumblr and twitter as @nickelbooks – please use the hashtags #summerbooks #choosebookshops and #booksaremybag when sharing!

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Summer Books Catalogue 2021

The sun is attempting to shine (and we’re dodging the rain showers!), so it must be time to share some of the best books that are being published this summer!

We’ve got a lovely Summer Books catalogue – similar in style to our Christmas Books Catalogue, but fills that long gap between holidays. It’s a summer holiday list!

If you’re going away (not far) or staying at home, or you’ve got birthdays or other special occasions to give books, we’ve got everything you need!

I’m adding the books to the website this week, so please have a browse in the Summer Catalogue section,Summer Catalogue section, and here’s the digital version of the catalogue
(please note publication dates when ordering)

Please share any books you’ve bought and enjoyed on our social media – we’re on facebook, instagram, tumblr and twitter as @nickelbooks – please use the hashtags #summerbooks #choosebookshops and #booksaremybag when sharing!


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April BookTime!

It’s a bit late this issue, I hope you can forgive us!

We’re waiting for the printed copies, but as soon as they arrive, we’ll distribute them to local houses.

If you would like a paper copy, please let me know by email, phone or message.

Here’s the digital edition, and as always, the books can be found in the BookTime category (you can also search by title, author or ISBN)

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How to Use our Website

I’m mindful of the fact that lots of people visiting our website are doing so for the first time.

If that’s you: welcome to our humble bookshop!

(If you’ve visited before: hello, and welcome back!)

I thought it might be useful to do a “how to” on how to find your way around, and to place an order.

I’m assuming that you’ve found this post by clicking on a facebook or twitter link, so I’ll start from here.

The red circle highlights the section that you’re looking at. You can see along the top, underneath the logo, is a menu of the main pages on the website.

A screeen capture of the front page of the website. the Blog section of the menu is highlighted

From this menu, you can navigate through the site. If you click on “Welcome” you’ll see the “landing page”, or the page you’ll come to if you type into your browser’s address bar.
(you can bookmark that in the browser, if you want to!)
At the time of press, the Welcome page has a big heading explaining about possible delays because of covid – I will normally have a friendly “welcome” message there.

The next one along is “Shop”, which is where you’ll find everything we’ve got listed for sale on the website. You can read more about each item and you can generally browse the books (and toys).
The shop section is the most important part of the website, as it will describe each book/toy/map to you, give you extra information about the author, allow you to read excerpts, and download activity or teaching resources for the books.

When you’re in the Shop, you can add items to your basket, which shows at the top corner of each page.

Above the basket icon is a “search products” button and below it is a general website “search” button.



Checkout and My Account are next in the menu – Checkout is to buy your lovely goodies, and it will take you to your basket (which you can also get to by clicking on the basket at the top). In checkout, you can pay by card, Paypal or National Book Tokens. If you have a discount code, then there is a box for that too (until the end of April 2021, there’s a discount code for World Book Day – £1 off a normal priced book – just enter your WBD token barcode into the box)

The last menu item is Terms and Conditions – this one outlines our privacy policy (basically what we do with your data), and what the legal terms are around buying items from us. It’s a long page, but it’s very important!

There’s another menu on the right hand side of the page – “Recent Posts” – that’s this Blog and the most recent posts on here. You can also find out more about what we’ve been doing on our facebook and instagram.

screen capture of the middle of the page - it's described in the main text of this postAs you scroll further down the page, you’ll see our standard welcome, and on the right hand menu, you’ll see a list of the categories our books fall into.
As the majority of our books are children’s, we’ve also got an “Adult” section. Everything else is Children’s.
There’s a separate category for BookTime magazine, which we will always try to highlight in the Blog posts for that issue.

I haven’t read every book in the shop, but I’ve read quite a few! and I’ve tried to add extra content to the lists to make it easier to decide if the book is for you.

At the bottom of the alphabetic list (I can’t change the order of the list!), you can see the Teenage/Young Adult section. I’ve deliberately separated books aimed at YA or teens, because it’s like a shop in itself!
As a website lends itself to allowing me to put books in more than one category, if the books appear only in this section, it’s very unlikely that they’ll be suitable for younger readers – that means they will have violence, swearing, talks about relationships that are too grown up for younger readers. As always, I recommend you as grown ups to decide whether your child may read the books in that section: I know that all children are different. I’m always on hand to answer any questions about suitability (and recommend books).

In the middle of the page, you can see “Shop by…” sections. They’re quite fun for browsing, so do take a look!

scren print of the bottom of page - described in the main textAt the bottom of the page is the Footer menu.
That’s where you can link to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and our phone number and email address is there too, for quick reference.

At the very bottom is the link to our T&Cs, and a little advert for Woocommerce, which is the programme we’re using for the shop.

There’s also a Searcg function, which is at the very top right of the page, and also on the right-hand menu, underneath the ToyMark logo.
On mobile devices, the search should be at the bottom of the page with the basket icon.

Hopefully, this page will help you to navigate the website, and we look forward to receiving your orders!
Please do browse around, read the posts, have a look at the books to read about them and find your new favourite!

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Activity Downloads from World Book Day Authors

It’s Monday!

Today, I’m sharing activities and downloads for books by the authors of the 2021 World book Day Books
(they might not be related to the £1 books, but they’ll be fun!)
All download links will open in the usual way when you click the image or link, and any website links will open in a new tab.

Gigantosaurus Activities


Colouring In

Jungle Maze


What The Ladybird Heard paper chains, colouring and maze







Use  your imagination to help Luna decide which book to get from the library!






Make a costume with Monster Horns!






Linked to Protect The Planet – an activity pack about The Blue Planet





Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell

Download here


Ideas on how to write your own book,

from the British Library (opens in new tab)





Whale Activities from from the National Aquarium





Football School Activities

Biology Kit

Geography Kit

Physics kit



For Older Readers – the World Book Day Teen books have got their own website!

Click here to go to Meet The Authors