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Beetle Queen with M G Leonard


13th July 2017 | by Rachael Rogan

Every now and then you meet an author who manages to inspire the same enthusiasm and excitement in their readers on and off the page – MG Leonard is one of those authors! Packing assemblies, […]

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World


| by Rachael Rogan

As a self-proclaimed feminist children’s bookshop, we were delighted when Bloomsbury released Kate Pankhurst’s ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’! A descendent of the infamous Emmeline, suffragette and key player in winning votes for […]

Bad Mermaids with Sibéal Pounder


| by Rachael Rogan

Another fantastic event with Bloomsbury! Sibéal returned to Bedford after her hugely popular workshop at BookTastic last year, and had the children spellbound with her tales of life under the sea…   Safe to say […]

Piggy Handsome by Pip Jones


13th May 2017 | by Rachael Rogan

We are VERY excited to have received this book review from one of our regular visitors to the shop, Isabelle, age 7! “Dear Rachael I liked Piggy Handsome because he kept on having tantrums for […]

Big Hid, by Roisin Swales


27th March 2017 | by Rachael Rogan

Most of you will, by now, be aware of my extreme fandom of publishing house Flying Eye, producers of such deliciousness as Francesca Sanna’saward-winning The Journey, Briony May Smith’s eye-dazzling Imelda and the Goblin King, and the […]

Why bother learning sign language, anyway..?


7th September 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Think learning BSL is just about doing something for others? Think again… Many people learn British Sign Language because they want to help deaf people and hearing people communicate more easily, and whilst promoting inclusivity is […]

They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel


6th September 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Pity the poor customers I have greeted, over the past few days, with an evangelical gleam in my eye. Watch, as they slowly back away from Crazy Book Lady, who babbles excitedly about a book […]

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell


31st August 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

The second of our lovely customer reviews talks about shop favourite, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell. It comes again from Caroline – one of our most prolific readers, Caroline is […]

The Building Boy – David Litchfield & Ross Montgomery


30th August 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

In preparation for this post, I sat in my empty shop, settled myself into the Reading Chair, and read ‘The Building Boy’ aloud. Fortunately, passers-by couldn’t clearly see this mad woman at work, due to the […]

Book Review: The Silverwing Series, by Kenneth Opall


8th August 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

This special post is brought to you by one of our regular customers, Caroline, aged 10. Caroline recently read the children’s ‘Silverwing’ series for us, and gave us this wonderful review! “Three very interesting and […]

Tree – Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup


26th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this timeless peek-through book with beautiful artwork from Britta Teckentrup and accompanying rhyming text. Following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter, children […]

Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies


25th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a […]

Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford


| by Rachael Rogan

For readers who loved Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this extraordinary debut will make you laugh and cry. A story that crosses time and generations, for adventure-loving readers young […]

The Person Controller – David Baddiel


24th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

From the author of The Parent Agency comes a thrilling, funny and touching new adventure. Fred and Ellie are twins. But not identical (because that’s impossible for a boy and a girl). They do like […]

One – Sarah Crossan


| by Rachael Rogan

Grace and Tippi are twins, conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world, a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they […]

I’m a Girl – Yasmeen Ismail


23rd June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

I’m supposed to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice. But I’m sweet and sour and not a little flower. I am a girl! I am a girl! I am a girl! […]

Whistling in the Dark – Shirley Hughes


| by Rachael Rogan

Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joan’s home is under threat from the Nazi’s terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, especially with the sweet rationing, strict curfews and blackouts. Joan and […]

Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits – Tim Warnes


22nd June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Uh-oh! Mole and the Lumpy Bumpy thing have found a top hat with the label “Warning: Do Not Touch!” Out of the hat hops a bunny. And another. And another! Holy moly! Surely bunnies aren’t […]

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo


| by Rachael Rogan

Kensuke’s Kingdom is a true children’s classic by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse.   I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven’t […]

Vikings in the Supermarket – Nick Sharratt


21st June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Six Vikings on a shopping trip, one tartan-patterned cat, a clever little mermaid, a naughty vampire bat, the queen who’s really fond of green, the pirate Tidy Clyde, open up this jolly book and meet […]

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair – Lara Williamson


| by Rachael Rogan

All Becket wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in his way are two things: 1) his dad, his brother and him seem to have run away from home in the […]

The Mouse who Reached the Sky – Petr Horacek


20th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

A beautifully illustrated and charming story about Little Mouse and her friends from the much loved and award-winning Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as “the thinking tot’s Eric Carle”. What is […]

My Brother is a Superhero – David Solomons


| by Rachael Rogan

Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’s gone, an alien […]

The Bear Who Went Boo – David Walliams & Tony Ross


19th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this bear-illiantly funny adventure for children of 3 and up. At the top of the world, surrounded by snow and ice, lives […]

Pugs of the Frozen North – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre


| by Rachael Rogan

The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart’s desire. Shen and Sika can’t resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The […]

Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat – Emily MacKenzie


18th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Stanley LOVES to knit. He knocks up pom-poms at breakfast time, whips up bobble hats at bath time. He even knits in his sleep! And what does Stanley do with his wonderful woollies? He gives […]

The Astounding Broccoli Boy – Frank Cottrell Boyce


| by Rachael Rogan

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows […]

Mog and Barnaby – Judith Kerr


17th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Mog the Forgetful Cat is back in this reissue of a classic adventure, full of lift -the-flap fun. Mog and her family have a visitor. But what is the surprise waiting for Mog in the […]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness


| by Rachael Rogan

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, […]

GRRRRR! – Rob Biddulph


16th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training… Each year, for […]

How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury – Cressida Cowell


| by Rachael Rogan

Dragons vs Humans: can Hiccup save the dragons? Find out in the EPIC finale to the How to Train Your Dragon series. It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either […]

What the Ladybird Heard Next – Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks


15th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they’re heading back to the […]

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright – Chris Riddell


| by Rachael Rogan

People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth’s Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott […]

The Bear and the Piano – David Litchfield


14th June 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard […]

David Litchfield names Rogan’s Books as his favourite bookshop!


| by Rachael Rogan

It’s publisher Quarto’s 40th birthday this year so they asked 40 of their authors for their favourite bookshop. Fantastic children’s author David Litchfield, author of The Bear and Piano, chose Rogan’s Books! Quarto have teamed up […]

Rogan’s Books Wins a James Patterson Grant!


12th May 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Awesome exciting news!! Rogan’s Books has just been officially awarded a grant from James Patterson. The internationally renowned author awards grants to independent bookshops across the UK and USA. As detailed on http://www.booksellers.org.uk/: James Patterson’s total […]

The Journey, Francesca Sanna


2nd April 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

Amazing new book alert! ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna is a wonderfully crafted tale of a family escaping their war torn homeland in search of safety. The story, told in the simple clear voice of […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space


12th March 2016 | by Rachael Rogan

A spectacularly made publication to teach kids about space in an exciting, funny and breathtakingly beautiful way. Illustrator Ben Newman has collaborated with his scientific friend Dr.Dominic Walliman to create this truly astounding publication to […]

See Inside Your Body


| by Rachael Rogan

This astonishingly inventive title allows young children to discover the inner workings of the human body in a gently humorous, yet wholly accurate way. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs […]

Big Book of Rockets and Spacecraft


| by Rachael Rogan

Open the giant fold-out pages of this book to discover the powerful rockets and spacecraft that explore outer space. From early rockets and Moon missions to space stations and probes, learn what it takes to […]

101 Great Science Experiments


| by Rachael Rogan

Make science fun with 101 amazing step-by-step science experiments for kids that are safe and easy to do at home. Be the next Albert Einstein with these cool science experiments for kids and discover how […]

How Do Astronauts Wee in Space? (Dr. Dino’s Learnatorium)


| by Rachael Rogan

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Humans have sent jellyfish into space, or that there is a planet made of ice that’s on fire? DO YOU WANT TO KNOW… Why space smells like raspberries? AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS… With […]

British Science Week


| by Rachael Rogan

It’s British Science Week (as you will see from our very professional sign…) Once you’ve visited BedPop’s Science Lab on Saturday, why not pop in and choose from our great selection of science books for […]

Julia Jarman Day Monday 21st March


| by Rachael Rogan

Exciting delivery this morning in preparation for our big Julia Jarman day, a week on Monday!

Our events programme gets underway with Yoga for children


26th October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

We’re delighted to see our event space already being used by Tatty Bumpkin, Bedford. They provide multi sensory movement and music adventure classes which are inspired by yoga for children aged 0-7 Years. Sessions are […]

Chris Riddell shares his wonderful illustrations of his time opening Rogan’s Books


25th October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

Just look at these wonderful drawings that the UK’s Children’s’ Laureate Chris Riddell has created about his visit to Rogan’s Books. Chris opened our shop on Saturday 24 October saying that Rogan’s Books was his […]

Crowds gather to see Children’s Laureate open new Children’s Bookshop in Bedford


24th October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

Hundreds of booklovers came to see the UK Children’s Laureate open Rogan’s Books, a brand new children’s bookshop on Castle Road on Saturday 24 October 2015. Speaking of the opening UK Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, […]

A Necklace of Raindrops


19th October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

“…he pulled out a fine, fine silver chain. On the chain were three bright, shining drops.” Anyone who has come along to Bedtime Stories, or Storytime, or has basically ever met me, will recognise this […]

Blueberry Girl


3rd October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

This book is one of those books that, upon reading, you desperately want to buy for everyone. You want them to read it, and get the same goose bumps. You want them to read it […]

How To Train Your Dragon


2nd October 2015 | by Rachael Rogan

One of the greatest things about opening a book shop is that I get to go to trade fairs and meet authors – and meeting Cressida Cowell recently was one of those wonderfully inspirational experiences […]

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    Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

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    Bad Mermaids with Sibéal Pounder

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    We are VERY excited to have received this book review from one of our regular visitors to the shop, Isabelle, age 7! “Dear Rachael I liked Piggy Handsome because he kept on having tantrums for […]