Paper Bird is in Fremantle at the historic Moores Building, alongside the Moore Gallery and the Moore & Moore Cafe, on Henry St. Close by to other independent bookshops, New Edition and Bill Campbell's Books, along with Notre Dame University, Paper Bird is helping create a literary precinct in the West End of Fremantle.
This business is a story house which hosts workshops, kids book clubs, animation screenings, book launches and discussion panels.
Images: Their Facebook page
The children's specialist bookshop stocks quality books, focusing on Australian writers and illustrators, along with children's art supplies for those children who plan on becoming artists!
The bookshop is owned by Jen Jackson and Jen is the co-ordinator of the story house. Jen has worked in London, Perth and Melbourne for many years in child mental health services and is an avid visitor and supporter of children's literature and Arts Centres across the world.
Jen has created a small literary arts house for the children of Fremantle, where there are many local children's writers, illustrators and storytellers.
Kids just having fun!
Kids of all ages are catered for right up to the young adults and adults are also welcome too if they "don't get in the way of the fun"!
Children of all ages can enjoy books
Storytime is on every Sunday and Monday morning at 9.30 am and this is now held in their landscaped courtyard. This has been opened up so that you can also go to the Cafe, or parents can have a coffee while the kids hear stories.
Other authors who contribute to this bookshop include:
Liliana Stafford - Liliana has published 12 books, two of which have been published internationally. She has won the Hoffman award and received Honours in the 2001 CBC Awards in 2 categories.
Samantha Hughes - Samantha is an illustrator and storyteller. She runs the Inkling Art Space at Paper Bird and offers a wide range of art workshops. Sam is also involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, WA Branch and is the Illustrator Coordinator.
Briony Stewart - Briony is a writer and illustrator. She is currently working on illustrations for a children's picture book. Her first book Kumiko and the Dragon was published by University of Queensland Press after winning the inaugural Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival writing award.
Miles Openshaw - Miles is a director, producer, and artist with many years experience working on a number of different things and Miles produces work that inspires, challenges and entertains.
Rebecca Newman - Rebecca is a children's book writer and editor of the Alphabet Soup Magazine. This is a magazine for children who love books and creative writing. At Paper Bird, Rebecca will be working on the completion of her first book for publication.
Sue Gawned - Sue is actually a paediatric speech pathologist with specialist background in developmental literacy for preschool children. Sue has developed a practice where she focuses primarily on books and play while working with children and parents. Sue is a co-author of a parent's guide called "Book-Sharing". Sue also helps parent's to chose books for late talking children.
Nina Fitch - Nina is an Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group, and is the newest member at Inside Out. Nina has completed Early Childhood Education studies and in this way she is a valuable asset to the team!
Each month they have a book club for various ages from class 1 - 6 and young adults.
There is a monthly book club catering for many ages
You can see a small list of their junior fiction books available for sale here.
They also have the following categories for sale:
Issues addressed in story books
Puppet as well as puzzle books and toys
It is a place well worth visiting and looking around to see what would suit your children and a great idea for school holidays. While you are there, why not browse through their great range of books.
Learning as well as having fun
Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
Public holidays: 9 am to 4 pm
The Entrance in Henry Street
Phone 9430 7038
Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more by going to their website.