A Bagful of Stars

by Addy Farmer and Bridget Strevens


Published by the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe with assistance and grants from North Lincolnshire Council (including the Music Education Hub and the Early Years Team). 


The book price includes a donation of £1.00 to Lindsey Lodge Hospice - if you wish to make further donations to Lindsey Lodge please follow the link below. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe.


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The Video of the Book Launch!

A Bagful of Stars - picture book

The Festival of Christmas Trees is held in Brumby Old Church, Scunthorpe
The Festival of Christmas Trees is held in Brumby Old Church, Scunthorpe

A Bagful of Stars is a picture book specially commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees. As such, the requirement was for a musical text on any theme! I've always wanted to write something with lots of rhythm and rhyme and a sea theme lends itself to this. Combine that with Christmas and you have a festive, fun-filled journey where unexpected friends are made. The book has been adopted as part of the North Lincolnshire Council Imagination Library initiative designed to engage early readers. It is also supported by the North Lincolnshire Music Education Hub and the excellent Rotary Club.

A Bagful of Stars will be launched on Saturday 5th December at Brumby Old Church, Ashby Rd, Scunthorpe. I'll be there with the wondrous illustrator, Bridget Strevens to sign books. There will be story telling sessions led by the lovely Ailsa and Sarah from North Lincolnshire Council's Early Year's Team. Young visitors will be able to follow a trail telling the story of A Bagful of Stars on decorated 'story wreaths' as well as make their own Christmas decorations! And if that's not enough Rhubarb Theatre's Kirsty Mead will be leading some interactive story telling! Take a look below ...

The Rhubarb Theatre Company will perform A Bagful of Stars!

The Amazing Kirsty Mead from The Rhubarb Theatre Company in Lincoln will be performing 'A Bagful of Stars' at the Festival of Christmas Trees. She'll be there for three performances in Old Brumby Church in Scunthorpe. And it's free!

The Bookworms! - Leadenham Primary School

North Lincs Council have taken A Bagful of Stars to the heart of their literacy programme. There's been some wonderful partnership work with local schools, libraries and the music service to devise ways to engage with the story and encourage a love of reading. 

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"Grandad's Bench is a heart-warming tale which never steps over the line dividing love from sentimentality. It will appeal to young children who know about the special bond that often exists between the young and the old." Carousel

"This attractive book is the warming story of a lonely child, new to a cold rainy climate, who loses the precious toy elephant that is his confidant... a ‘must’ for our schools and homes."
- Children's Books Ireland - Siddharth and Rinki

Launching December 5th at the Festival of the Christmas Trees in Scunthorpe

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