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With love from Esther van de Paal

I have a confession to make: I’m not the biggest fan of playgrounds. I love watching my kids enjoying themselves (preferably in the company of a good friend and with a cappuccino in my hand) but I don’t get an enormous amount of fulfilment from pushing the swing 100 times or baking sand cakes for half an hour…

Shopkeeper for a day

We have been so busy recently that the blog has sat languishing for a whole month but we have good reason.  Super-charged with enthusiasm, we have been busy sourcing new books, finding new lovely illustrators and setting up shop at local fairs and festivals... 

We review...Xavier Deneux

What makes a great baby book?  All a question of personal taste but with his astute perception of experience and development, Xavier Deneux gets a roaring reception in our house...These books are incredibly tactile and uncomplicated, they are big and chunky and solid, they won't wilt when gummed into submission...

Help me choose...

We are proud to sell a broad selection of books that we love because each one is a book that we would happily own and read again and again.  That said, we know that quantity can sometimes be a double-edged sword, offering choice but also fuelling indecision.  Some of our customers have got in touch to ask for a little help...

A breath of Spring air with Little Tree

You never quite believe that you have waved goodbye to Winter until you can see the sunlight stretching ahead of you and the flowers standing up tall and defiant.  We are in Norfolk for the Easter weekend and have enjoyed a few days of mixed weather which has had us reaching for our woolies...

Why we are loving wordless books

If you are looking to shake up story time a bit and gently encourage some imaginative discussion and discovery our wordless books could be what you are after.   

Wrap and Roll

This week we are shifting our focus to packaging because we are a little bit obsessed and we have just had the pleasure of wrapping an order in our marvellous minty green paper.  To celebrate our good mood, the endorphin surge of Easter eggs around the corner and our amazing wrapping, we are offering free gift-wrap

What's new...

So we have had a busy week making lots of virtual friends and being inspired by loads of creative businesses making and selling beautiful things.  It really helps me to get my head in gear when I see updates from people doing similar things as it momentarily puts my...

The Horniman Christmas Fair 2014

Before our shop opened up for business we had a chance to sell at the Horniman museum's spectacular annual Christmas fair (a brilliant south london haunt).  We always visit with our kids for the carol singing and mulled-wine drinking but last year we took a stall and it was absolutely brilliant...

Welcome to Smallprint!

So here it is, Smallprint is no longer just a figment of my tired but enthusiastic imagination, it is alive and kicking!  We have been working on this shop since September 2014 and we are so pleased to see it up and running.  At times there have been moments where it has felt an impossible task...

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