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  • Homeland starring kid’s bookcase visits Kind und Jugend 2018

    The first ever kid’s bookcase to star in hit TV series ‘Homeland’ will be exhibited at Kind und Jugend 2018 in Cologne on 20th-23rd September 2018.  The bookcase, which featured in Homeland’s Carrie Mathison’s New York apartment in Series 6 was created by kid’s bookcase and storage company Tidy Books.

    homeland, carrie, tidy books, kids bookcase visits kind und jugend The Tidy Books bookcase in Homeland, Carrie's daughter's bedroom

    Tidy Books was founded by Geraldine Grandidier in 2004 when she could not find a good bookcase for her young daughter and so developed her original children’s bookcase which encourages children to pick out books and read.  Her design forever changed the concept of what a good children’s bookcase should do, and has become an iconic kid’s design,

    Now a favourite with influencers and parents around the world for its original design, practicality and style, the Tidy Books bookcase has also featured in interior design platform Houzz of 2018 pop up expo, as well as being featured in TV series ‘Homeland’, BBC children’s programmes and home makeover shows.

    Kind und Jugend , the premier children’s product fair has identified that children’s design brands are more focussed on great design, quality and environmental sustainability than ever before, and Tidy Books’ award winning designs for kids tick all 3 boxes.

    Tidy Books makes a range of original children’s bookcase and storage designs which are easy for children to use, stylish to fit in modern living spaces and environmentally friendly; made from sustainable wood, and finished in an eco-friendly water lacquer which is better for the planet.  

    Geraldine Grandidier said; “These are exciting times in the children’s design industry and I’m looking forward to exhibiting alongside so many international brands, and meeting new and existing customers.  Parents rightly demand so much more from kid’s products; they want style, practicality and are nostalgic for the simplicity of their own childhoods. That’s why they’re tapping into Tidy Books’ philosophy of doing what works for kids, designing to foster children’s independence, because kids know best. 

    Tidy Books will be exhibiting with the Nursery Industry Productpreneurs Association - NIPA Baby alongside other original kid’s design businesses.  NIPA Baby is a group of inventors turned entrepreneurs who support and promote each other.   The Tidy Books team is delighted to meet retailers, industry colleagues and influencers at Kind +Jugend.    You can find us at Stand 04.1 C-047b  UK Pavilion  

  • Montessori and Me

    ‘Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.’
    Dr Maria Montessori

    When my two children were tiny I remember watching them crawl around the house, slowly getting to know their territory. Bit by bit, their inquisitiveness took them further as they discovered new and exciting places around the house. As I hovered nearby, keeping a watchful eye, it was wonderful to see that sense of independence forming in my kids at such an early age.

    Letting children explore and learn on their own is something I’ve always felt strongly about.  And in that, I’m very much aligned with the Montessori way. Dr Maria Montessori’s philosophy was about allowing children to develop naturally and independently. She believed that children should be free to make their own discoveries and to learn for themselves by ‘doing’ and ‘experiencing’.

    My very first design, the Tidy Books bookcase, was made with that guiding principle in mind. I wanted kids to have their own special little library so they could pick out their favourite books whenever they wanted rather than having to wait until it was ‘time to read’. So many parents have told me that because of the bookcase their children are reading at every opportunity – which makes me really happy.

    montessori, montessori bookcase, tidy books, kids bookcase The Tidy Books Bookcase in Montessori colours

    The bookcase is also useful for learning the alphabet.  My daughter, Adèle, used to love pointing to the colourful letters and running her fingers around the tactile wooden shapes. There was nothing forced about her learning – she just did it gradually, in her own time, without me pushing her.

    From recent market research we’ve done here at Tidy Books, I know that many customers are interested in the Montessori way of teaching and would like to bring elements of it into their home. In response, my original bookcase will now also be available with the alphabet in Montessori colours – a simple colour scheme of blue for vowels and red for consonants. And the wooden letters are all lower case – which makes better sense to children as these are the predominant letters they see when they read.

    I love that I share so many values with the Montessori way of teaching. From the very beginning, I set out to design products that made sense to kids and would help to foster their sense of independence. I’ve watched my own children interact with all my Tidy Books designs and seen them grow up to become creative, self-sufficient adults. As a parent and businesswoman, that’s a pretty amazing achievement.

    * The new Montessori-inspired bookcase is available to pre-order now for delivery in early July.  Send an email to info@tidy-books.com with subject line 'Montessori' to claim yours. 

    geraldine grandidier, tidy booksGeraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

  • Why reading is the fastest way to boost your mental health

    Don’t you just love how reading can lift your spirits? I’ve usually got a book on the go but during the occasional reading drought, when I’ve been too busy to stock up on new books, I really notice how it affects how I feel. Reading helps to take me out of my own ‘me, me, me’ world into a wonderful new, magical world and, to be honest, without it I soon feel myself slipping into a low mood.

    So I’m really pleased to hear that the theme of this year’s World Book Night on 23rd April is how reading benefits mental health. The annual event, run by national charity The Reading Agency  helps to get books to people who don’t read for pleasure or who don’t own their own books. Publishers donate books which are then gifted to prisons, hospitals, care homes and mental health charities – and among the books being donated this year will be ones that explore mental health and wellbeing.

    reading benefits mental health, charity, give a book, tidy books, kids reading Simply reading can help kids boost mental health. Photo credit Give A Book

    There has been lots of research about the benefits of reading for mental health, including increasing self-esteem, improving communication between parents and children and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. In one study, reading for just six minutes was found to decrease stress levels by 68% amazingly it’s a quicker and more effective stress buster than going for a walk or listening to music! 

    I totally understand the power of books and how reading benefits mental health. When I was a child, I remember going through periods of anxiety when books were a real solace to me. Whatever was happening around me, I could completely lose myself in a story and it calmed and comforted me. With a book by my side, it felt like everything was going to be OK.

    With one in ten children and young people affected by mental health problems – that’s three out of every 30 in a classroom – isn’t it incredible to think that something as simple as reading a book could help them?

    From my own experience – as a child and now as an adult – I know how truly uplifting reading can be.

    * Tidy Book holds a monthly collection for children’s books that we donate to Give a Book for distribution to schools and prison. For details, please contact us on 020 8520 4647

    geraldine grandidier, tidy books

    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

     

  • Win £100 towards your child's new bedroom with Room to Grow

    Looking for your child's next 'big kid' bed?  WIN a £100 Room to Grow voucher towards your child's bedroom makeover.  We've teamed up with children's bedroom furniture specialists, Room to Grow to bring you this fab competition.

    To enter, hop on to Tidy Books' Facebook page.

    Don't miss it, the competition to win this £100 Room to Grow voucher ends Sunday 19th November!

    kids, furniture, bunk bed, bunk bed buddy, tidy books, win, competition Room to Grow's Ollie and Leila range with Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy

    Full terms and conditions for Tidy Books competition with Room to Grow

    1. This giveaway is not associated in any way with Facebook or Instagram.
    2. Prize is £100 Room to Grow voucher to spend on Room to Grow's website
    3. Winners will be contacted by direct message on Facebook
    4. Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid Facebook profile is used.
    5. The winners will be selected at random from all valid entries received by the deadline stated on the competition.
    6. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    7. The winner’s names will be published on the Tidy Books Facebook page
    8. Data collected will only be shared between Tidy Books and the competition partner. This information will not be shared with any third party
    9. The competition will close at midnight on Sun 19th November 2017.
    10. The winner will be announced within 1 week of the closing date.
    11. If the winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of  the closing date, the team reserve the right to re-draw for a winner.
    12. Delivery to mainland UK only.
    13. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary.

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