Independent book shops all over the UK are throwing ‘Books are in My Bag‘ big bookshop parties tomorrow.
I’ll be part of the animal themed party at Far From the Madding Crowd Bookshop in Linlithgow.
At 11.30am and 12 noon there will be ‘cool creatures‘ sessions at the canal tea rooms – children will be able to meet and even hold real animals including a hedgehog, a skunk, a bearded lizard and two meerkat brothers who cuddle each other. Tickets are £3.
At 1pm I’ll be doing a free ‘Can’t-Dance-Cameron’ story workshop in the bookshop!
There will be:
- Football with giant foam pinecones (more about that here)
- Videos of actual dancing capercaillies at RSPB Loch Garten
- Beautiful Scottish wildlife images thanks to Laurie Campbell
- A naughty water-squirting red squirrel
- Science experiments
- A chance to make a red squirrel fridge magnet
You can also expect sounds effects, stickers, smells and a few surprises. We’ll be learning capercaillie dance moves along the way and dancing to music composed especially for the event by Sam Gallagher. Here’s a wee sample of the track, click play below:
About the Story
Cameron the capercaillie can’t dance. His family, the MacFeathers are the best dancers in the Cairngorms but sadly, when Cameron wiggles everyone giggles. Cameron meets a new friend, a red squirrel called Hazel Nut who takes him on a journey through the forest, will he learn to dance?
Craft and Signing
Afterwards I’ll be signing books and we’ll be making Hazel Nut red squirrel fridge magnets:
More Animal Stories
At 2pm local Author Ewan McVicar will be storytelling in the bookshop.
Cake and Animal Masks
And if that’s not enough there will be animal mask making and cake all day!
Red Squirrel Fridge Magnets
I made a few squirrel fridge magnet examples last night, I based them on Hazel Nut in the book and tried to make a simple template for children to decorate. The naughty squirrels pegged up a family photo on the fridge when I wasn’t looking: