How brave is the wren – New children’s bookshop open in Kings Heath

Children’s bookshop How brave is the wren has opened on York Road in Kings Heath, joining the host of independent shops that make York Road a destination for locals.

How brave is the wren is an independent children’s bookshop stocking beautifully-crafted books created by authors and illustrators that appeal to the young and the young at heart.

Starting life as a mobile shop in 2015 at Just So Festival, How brave is the wren caravan tours the country visiting markets, festivals and schools fully stocked with a fantastical range of adventures ready to inspire young minds.

Owner Jenny Moore said:

“Our stock includes a wide range of books to suit newborns, pre-school, young and older children, or even grown ups like me who just like children’s books. We have board books, picture books, chapter books and graphic novels.

You can still order books on our website and our travelling bookshop will continue to tour schools, festivals and events like the Paper Dolls Christmas Market (12-13 Nov, The Custard Factory). Opening as a permanent shop we now have plenty of space for browsing, reading and events.”

There will be a continuous programme of events for families so join the mailing list here: keep up to date or follow How brave is the wren on Instagram.

October events:

Thursday 27th October 10am

Toni’s Tots Drama: Halloween Special

The spooks of Monster Mansion are running wild and only a bunch of brave and adventurous ghoul catchers can stop them! Come and join our spooky drama adventure.
Suitable for ages 2-7 yrs.
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Friday 28th October 4pm

Colour Box: Autumnal Treats – short films

For one afternoon only, the shop becomes a mini-cinema, as Flatpack show an assortment of short films exploring this magical time of year.

We’ll go on adventures with characters like Olga, a kiosk-worker who spends her days eating sweets and reading travel magazines in her little booth, until something quite unexpected turns her life upside down (The Kiosk). And snuggle up for beautifully animated tales like The Last Day of Autumn – as winter closes in and the icy winds begin to blow, a group of woodland creatures are busy preparing for their annual race!

Colour Box compere Sarah Hamilton Baker will be on hand to guide us through the films, and she may have one or two tricks and/or treats in store too…

Suitable for ages 5+ / but all ages welcome

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Saturday 29th October 11am-3pm

Halloween craft & treat fun

Join us to make your very own Halloween puppet
Choose on the day between Skeleton, Bat or Monster, each set is made of plywood with movable joints, we’ll supply crayons and materials for you to decorate your puppet however you like.

All ages welcome

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From 17th November up to 16th December 2022 there will be regular 45 minute storytelling sessions run by Sarah Hamilton Baker:

4pm every Thursday – after school session suitable for 4-8 year olds

10am every Friday – morning session suitable for pre-school children.

Find us at:

How brave is the wren

4 York Road,

Kings Heath,


B14 7RZ.

Opening Hours 10am – 5pm / Wed – Sat

For more information:

Instagram how_brave_is_the_wren

Twitter @BraveWren