Newspapers as we know them might be a distant memory by the time some of our children grow up. That wonderful crackling sensation and noise you get when you shake your newspaper on the train or in a cafe.
There really is no such thing. We journalists love that tactile feel of journaling.
But all is not lost, an amazing story about children’s newspapers is unfolding right under our noses here in Frome.
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Two mums, Jo Joof from Frome and Nic Moore from Bristol, make crumpled newspaper books for babies and the business is booming. They’re flying off the shelves, winning awards and grabbing so much attention they’re featured in this month’s Vogue.
They have a shop at Black Swan Arts in Frome, right next to the River House cafe and that’s where most of their ideas are implemented.
Crumpled newspaper books are beautiful little newspaper books that you can wash and crumple as you like.
There are all kinds of titles, one on a day in Bath with a Norland nanny, one about dinosaurs, one about boats, these are beautiful books designed to be baby’s first book with wonderful illustrations.
Jo said: “We started with a stall at the independent market in Frome and it has grown so much, we are now selling to countries like Peru and Chile, it really seems to be taking off.
“We like newspapers ourselves, we used to work in children’s publishing and that’s where the idea came to us. We’re both mums, so I feel like we know what children like and Babies.”
It’s a nice little shop full of arty stuff, and they also organize illustration workshops for young and old, it’s worth a look.
The books can be personalized and they have also produced one for people with dementia.
It’s a wonderful story, the newspaper books are really special with a local Frome angle and a great story worthy of inclusion in the famous Vogue magazine.
You can buy the books at the Frome Shop, My Small World in Bath and other outlets or online here.
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