Kids Squad - 2nd February 2012

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HELLO and welcome to the latest edition of Kids’ Squad. The weather may be a bit miserable at the moment - but I have plenty of ideas for fun things to do indoors! This week, I have some tickets to see a wonderful new show in Nottingham called Swallows and Amazons.

Don’t forget this is your own page and I love hearing your ideas. Please write to me at Kids’ Squad, Editorial, 121, Newgate Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2PA or email

In the meantime, enjoy your week,

From Catherine.

SWALLOWS and Amazons, pictured above, comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal - and we have a family ticket to give away!

There will be a chance to go on the adventure of a life-time when new musical play Swallows and Amazons opens at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

It is based on the popular book by Arthur Ransome in which we see Captain John and his crew set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure where they capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

The book was first published in 1930 and it is set in the Lake District during the school holidays.

It is the story of the Walker and Blackett children, their sailing dinghies - the Swallow and the Amazon - and their imaginations.

The play will run from 7th until 11th February. For details click here

To book tickets call (0115) 989 5555 or click here

Your top five reads . . .

BOOKWORMS everywhere are looking forward to National Libraries Day which takes place on Saturday.

As part of the event libraries in Nottinghamshire have published a list of the most popular children’s books – and here is a list of the top five:

1) Board Books – the Kipper the Dog series by Mick Inkpen

2) Picture Books – The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

3) Younger children’s fiction – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

4) Older children’s fiction – Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

5) Teen fiction – The Simpsons or titles by Darren Shan

Catherine asks . . . ‘What do you like to read?’

WHEN I was younger, some of my favourites were Enid Blyton’s Twins at St Clare’s and Malory Towers which are both about being at boarding school as well as the scary Goosebump series. I also loved anything by Jacqueline Wilson so I am glad she is still one of the most popular writers.

What is your favourite book? Email or write to me and I will publish a special Kids’ Squad list.