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This Week in Idea Store

Did you know we have our own app? It’s the quickest way to interact with us and access your account and our website. So go to your app store and download it now. We have had around 1000 people joining up since lockdown and using our services including downloading eBooks and audiobooks. So if you aren’t a member JOIN TODAY!

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If you have some budding Malorie Blackmans or J.K.Rowlings in your household get them to enter this!

Go to for a creative writing competition for children aged 5-13 to tell their stories in their own words up to 500 words in total. You can submit stories from the 29th June to the 3rd July. There are lots of ideas for children on how to get started and for you on how to encourage them.

The judges are Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.

Need some more inspiration for activities to keep them entertained?  A fantastic range of things to do for all ages can be found here

Cultural History

It seems that Tower Hamlets has been at the centre of London’s culture scene for many centuries. The earliest playhouse in London may have been discovered at a site in Whitechapel, by a team of archaeologists from UCL.

The elusive remains of what is thought to be the earliest Elizabethan playhouse, known as the Red Lion, were discovered by Archaeology South-East, part of UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. The playhouse is thought to have been built around 1567.

Good news story of the week has to be the homecoming of Michael Rosen who had been very seriously ill with coronavirus and spent a long time in ICU. He is now home and recuperating with family. It will be a while before he is fully back on his feet but his cheerful tweets are a joy to see. We send our best wishes to one of our favourite local writers who has always been a supporter of Ideastores and also our book festival Writeidea.

Our summer reading challenge programme is nearly reading to go live! We are running it online this year but it will just as fun and we will be featuring lots of things to do over the summer when the sun has got too hot and you just need a good sit down. Details will be on our special silly squad page and children can get a medal and certificate at the end to show their teachers in September. It has a silly theme this year so be prepared for madcap fun!

We love these pictures sent into our art club gallery from Nadira. If your children have a picture they would like featured check out the children’s page