Aldbourne Children’s Book Group

Coming events

Poems to Share
across the generations
on Friday 6 October
3.30-4.30pm at Aldbourne Nursing Home
Bring a favourite poem – refreshments for all. Download the poster here Poems to share 6th Oct 17


Dear Children’s Book Group Member,

Next year, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (of which Aldbourne is one of the longest standing members) will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary. As part of the celebrations they will be creating a list of the Nation’s 50 Favourite Children’s Books, as voted for by you!

The Aldbourne Children’s Book Group Committee will be sending our Top 50 to the Federation in the last week of August, and if you want to help your personal favourites make it onto the list, then please email at least 10 titles (plus author’s name if you know it) to:

If you have the time, feel free to send in more than 10 (we know how hard it is to pick so few from so many great books!) and where books are part of a series, just give us your favourite one of the titles to represent the whole, just try not to have a falling-out over which Harry Potter book is best! (Everyone knows it’s Prisoner of Azkaban!)

You can vote for any age range from picture books up to YA novels. The only criteria is that the nominated books were published during the lifetime of the Federation, so that’s any book first published in 1968 to the present. Ideally we’d like a variety of age ranges, and have something from each of the past five decades, but if you want to put all your votes towards your children’s current favourite bedtime stories that’s fine too!

The deadline for your votes is Sunday 20th August, but sooner would be better as there will be a lot of counting and debating before we arrive at our ultimate list of Aldbourne’s favourites!

Many thanks,
Sophy and Marc Thomas,
Joint Chair of The Aldbourne Children’s Book Group.

Past Events in 2017

Summer Garden party with Steve Antony
Friday 7th July from 3.30pm, The Old Malt House, South Street, Aldbourne
£2 per child for non-members, free to adults


Friday 3rd February – 6pm
St Michael’s School

Aldbourne Children’s Book Group are inviting you to come along to the school on Friday 3rd Feb for a host of fabulous stories.

Dress in pyjamas, drink hot chocolate, eat biscuits and listen to stories with your friends. Pre-schoolers and KS1 are particularly encouraged to wear any animal outfits they may have.

We would love you to join us. Children to be accompanied by an adult. If you are not yet a member you can join on the night or renew your existing membership.


Past Events in 2016

Aldbourne shared Poetry Across the Generations on Thursday 24th November at the Aldbourne Nursing Home. Click here to see more details.

Aldbourne held their famous annual Bonfire Party on Friday 4th November.

On 25th August, Aldbourne CBG celebrated 150 years of Beatrix Potter across the generations at Aldbourne Nursing Home. If you were there, drop an email to Jane Renwick on: so that we can estimate numbers. Click here for more details.

Jean Russell Storyteller Project IMG_1448_opt

Aldbourne is one of the Jean Russell Storyteller Project Groups of 2016. Visit the Jean Russell Storyteller Project page for more details.


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July 2015 Aldbourne celebrated 40 years as a Children’s Book Group 

Sandy Martin says: ‘On a sunny Friday, 17 July we held a birthday party to celebrate the 40th birthday of Aldbourne Children’s Book Group in the lovely garden of The Old Malt House, home of Marianne Adey. Invitations were sent to current and some ‘old’ members as well as some of the staff of the local primary school.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Author Anne Booth entertained reading stories from her books The Fairiest Fairy and the Girl with the White Dog. We had strawberries and cream, as well as birthday cake’.




Click here to download the January 2013 Newsletter from Aldbourne CBG.

23rd June: Book Stall Combined Church Fete

24th June: Prepare another award-winning float for the Carnival with the theme of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea,

The Carnival will take place on September 1, if you fancy giving them a wave!

8th July: Eileen Browne and garden activities for the under-6’s

Regular School Book Club at St. Michaels’ School

Catch up with Albourne CBG’s latest news in their July newsletter.

Contact: Jane Renwick