Lizzie lives in the park keeper’s cottage in Kew Gardens.  When the gates close, she goes exploring.

She finds something magical is happening.  After sixty years trapped in stone, five of the Queen’s Beasts have been freed!

Can Lizzie help the other Beasts escape too?  And what will happen if she does?

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Eye Books and Can of Worms have donated copies of Alastair Humphreys’ wonderful kid’s book The Boy Who Biked the World as prizes to schools participating in SUSTRANS, The Big Pedal.

The Big Pedal is a giant inter-school cycling competition spanning 15 school days in March (5-23 March 2012). It works a bit like the Tour de France in that each day of the race is a new stage following a different Sustrans cycle route around the UK.

You can find out more here: The Big Pedal

About The Boy Who Biked the World: Tom really wants to be an explorer.

When Tom’s head isn’t in the clouds it’s in an atlas. He follows adventurers not footballers and his schooldays are spent dreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. One day a private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure:

“I’m going to cycle around the world.”

His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher.

“The mountains will be too high!” “The deserts too hot!”

Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible.

But it was a funny thing: the more people told him he couldn’t do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.

Ride along with Tom as he overcomes his fears and sets off on the first part of his biggest ever adventure: to try to become the boy who biked the world.

£5.99 – The Boy Who Biked the World –

A truly fantastic achievement, the Mission:Explore Food crowd-funded project has reached its goal of raising £15,000 from the general public. Tonight it has been achieved, a tremendous testament to the quality and importance of this project. But just because the target of £15,000 has been reached does not mean that if you haven’t signed up to the project yet that you can’t. Mission:Explore Food won the PleaseFundUs Creative Grants Award so please join us and help develop the project further. Thank you all for your support. http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/missionexplore-food

Please join us for our Christmas Open Studios in the cobbled mews of Peacock Yard on the famous Pullens Estates in Kennington.

Can of Worms is once again opening its doors and has a wonderful array of award-winning children’s, cookery, travel and quirky books to give this holiday to friends and family. We are open the whole of the first weekend in December:

Friday 2 between 6-9pm
Sat 3 between 11am-6pm
Sunday 4 between 11am-6pm

As well as Can of Worms there will be the wonderful work of artisans and artists throughout the three yards showing off their latest creations, food and entertainment for the kids. Take the drag out of Christmas shopping and and buy gorgeous gifts directly from the artists, designers and makers including photography, clothing, paintings, ceramics, furniture, Christmas cards and more!

Bring all your friends, raise a glass of mulled cider (or two) and enjoy some authentic Christmas (shopping) spirit.

From the Society of Authors:

Bringing the World Around Us to Life

2011 Educational Writers’ Award Shortlist Announced

The four non-fiction titles on the shortlist for the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award, announced today, all excel in bringing the natural world to life for young readers aged 5-11. They are:

MISSION: EXPLORE The Geography Collective Can of Worms Press

‘A brave book which encourages children to explore the world around them, developing their curiosity, confidence and courage along the way…’

The 2011 Award focused on books for 5-11 year olds, published in 2009 and 2010. This year’s judges were children’s  writer Nicola Davies; teacher Chris Freudenberg and librarian Fiona Kirk .

The winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 6th December. The winning author will receive a cheque for £2000.

Tom really wants to be an explorer.

 

When Tom’s head isn’t in the clouds it’s in an atlas. He follows adventurers not footballers and his schooldays are spent dreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. One day a private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure:

“I’m going to cycle around the world.”

His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher.

“The mountains will be too high!” “The deserts too hot!”

Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible.

But it was a funny thing: the more people told him he couldn’t do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.

 

Ride along with Tom as he overcomes his fears and sets off on the first part of his biggest ever adventure: to try to become the boy who biked the world.

 

 

 

 

£5.99 – The Boy Who Biked the World – UK £7.99 – The Boy WHo Biked the World – Europe £8.99 – The Boy Who Biked the World – Rest of the World

 

What some other explorers say about the author’s adventures:

“An incredible journey of mammoth proportions.” –Mark Beaumont

“Alastair’s journey stands out as amazing.” –Sir Randulph Fiennes

“Epic Journey.” –

Bear Grylls

Can of Worms Kids Press (7 Peacock Yard)
will have a wonderful array of award-winning children’s books available at special prices for the Open Studios this year. There will be two new Mission:Explore titles (winner of the National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year Award), a children’s book, The Boy Who Biked the World, by serial adventurer and round the world cyclist Alastair Humphreys, Monkey Magic by Grant S Clark and many more. Treat the kid’s in your life and in you to the best in children’s publishing.