When we have book events at Books Ahoy!, we like to hold them in front of the big window, which is always dressed up in beautiful paints conjured up by the magic hands of our resident artist, Uncle Mike. Right as we were about to begin at an event this month, one of our elves […]
The Woods in the Books phone line is open to enquiries of all nature. Book reservations, room bookings, party favour options, overseas delivery questions, and more. These are the normal questions that callers ring up to ask.
But once in a blue moon, strange questions might pop up.
Learn essential body safety skills in this parent-child workshop led by the Singapore Children’s Society. Through interactive resources, participants will learn how to tell the difference between right and wrong actions, and children will be empowered with important body safety skills.
Imagine and create your very own upcycled puppet in our 1-day art camp!
Free expression and experimentation welcome!
– Imagine and make a unique character
– Design a handmade puppet out of used materials
– Band together with other participants to orchestrate a stop motion video clip
Between Tick and Tock
‘High above the bustle of the city,
are eyes that watch, and hands that know,
it’s time to pause the clock…
and for one tiny second between tick and tock, the city stops!’
Take your time over the everyday details of life in this sensory story experience of ‘Between Tick and Tock’ by Louise Grieg and Ashling Lindsay. Led by our Creative Resident Myra Loke, discover how this immersive story comes to life with the help of everyday items and live foley (reproduction of everyday sound effects). Kids aged 4 – 9 will also make and bring home a sound instrument to use with their own stories!
Witness how everyday objects can bring stories to life through our residency programme, demonstrating how stories can be livened up at home to create an environment where kids lead the play experience!
Twice every year, we hold a book fair in the B1 Atrium of FORUM The Shopping Mall, in the open space several floors below our own shop. While it might all be the same mall, the customers that we get at the book fair are sometimes shocked to hear that we’re actually from the bookshop upstairs, having never realised that there was a bookshop upstairs, much less that we have been there for 3 years and more or even that we had taken over the space from a bookshop that today is no more.
As most of our regular customers know, we offer complimentary gift wrapping for purchases of $20 and above as a special service at Woods in the Books.
Whilst we can usually be found wrapping books of all sizes, we do also wrap toys of all sizes, who have been a-quiver with anticipation of going home to a new friend. For toys of odd-sized shapes, we fold our custom wrapping paper into bags and pop what are usually soft toys inside. Gifts with multiple items of different shape also receive the same treatment.
MANDARIN PICTURE BOOK CAMP
Reading • Story • Art
Calling all kids who love story and art! In this 2-day holiday camp by Woods in the Books, dive into the world of Mandarin picture books and explore as you read, make, and create.
Ring ring! Who’s calling up to talk on the telephone? In this parent-child session focusing on Mandarin spoken communication and interaction, let’s listen to a story and then bring home a copy of《我想给你打电话》to enjoy! This session supports parent-child language immersion and is friendly to non-Chinese-speaking parents.
In March, we hosted the authors of The House on Silat Road for a talk during the #BuySingLit Campaign. Si-Hoe S.S., the ‘real Sing’ whose memories form the basis for this book, recounted her most harrowing experience during World War II, as the family had to evacuate their home as bombs fell around them.
Have you seen our window at Woods in the Books? I think it’s a lovely window. It lets in the sun when the sky is clear, and it frames the pattering rain so prettily with its green painted grille. Last Christmas, in echo of our regular art on the Books Ahoy! window, our art director painted the window at Woods in the Books as well. You can still see the artwork dancing on the windowpane.
But when construction came to call, our window had to put its face away behind bamboo scaffolding swathed in gauzy green drapes. (To read about our first brush with construction this year, click here.)
There’s been a time or two (or every week) where a customer wistfully looks over the counter at one of the bookshop elves and says, “You’re so lucky to work here, where you can just sit behind the counter and read all day.”
When I chanced upon This is Not a Book by Jean Jullien, I knew this was what I wanted to work with. There are no words in the book and the pages are images or settings with seemingly no relation to one another. It’s a great piece of material to provide both visual and audio stimulation to young children, and at the same time allows creativity and imagination to determine the premise of that stimulation. I wanted to also demonstrate to parents that there’s no need to buy many toys or books, they can use just one book to create many different stories that can stimulate the imagination in different ways.
Q: What’s the difference between a library and a bookshop? A: At the library you can borrow the books for a little while. At the bookshop you can borrow the books forever! Q: What do you think bookshop owners do in a bookshop? A: Sell books! A: Collect books! A: Take care of the books! […]
The World of Bubble
All alone in a landfill, Bubble lives with only junk objects around him. But one day, Bubble discovers that the pieces of junk around him are more than what they seem…
Let’s open the crayon box! Why won’t the other crayons let the black crayon join in their fun? In a session that focuses on Mandarin oral communication and interaction, read a story, create a scratch painting, and bring a copy of《蜡笔小黑》home with you! This session supports parent-child language immersion and is friendly to non-Chinese-speaking parents.
Every day we are surrounded by ordinary objects and services that have been on the most extraordinary journeys to reach us — journeys that are all happening RIGHT NOW. Take a look around you. What do you see? Where does it come from? How did it begin?
Once you start noticing these extraordinary journeys, you’ll never look at the world in the same way again…
Before the rainbow fun of 2019’s Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail could begin, the elves of Woods in the Books were hustling and bustling to make the magic happen. For years now, we’ve collected the cardboard rolls that thermal receipt paper is wound around. Each roll is made of thick, quality, long-lasting cardboard and we’ve […]
Collect a RAINBOW of fun at the Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail! Join in activities at each store to get stickers as you go! The annual children-only street event takes place on 21 July 2019, Sunday on Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru. 21 JULY 2019Sunday9AM – 5PM Tongue Twister FunSpin the wheel and play our […]
On days with lots of difficult customers, suddenly getting a sweet compliment can turn the day completely around. Here are some of the sweet words we’ve heard over this fortnight. You’ve got a really comprehensive range for a bookshop. Even specialist bookshops in Australia don’t have this kind of range. Lovely comments from a visiting […]