How brave is the wren at Just So Festival 2015
How brave is the wren at Just So Festival 2015
Colouring wall by Adam Higton
Colouring wall at Square Pegs event Sept 2015
Mabel and the Wren at Just So Festival 2015
Mabel's drawing of me and the caravan
Square Pegs event at Constellations Liverpool Sept 2015

the wren

How brave is the wren is a travelling book shop. We stock beautifully-crafted illustrated stories and picture books created by illustrators and artists that appeal to the young and the young at heart.

Our bespoke caravan shop will be touring the country visiting markets, festivals and events fully stocked with a fantastical range of adventures ready to inspire young minds. We have space for browsing, reading and even a spot of colouring in.

If you can’t wait to see us at a market near you then you can shop online, each book has a full description and selection of photos so you can see what’s inside the cover. Look out for our monthly recommendations via Instagram and twitter plus if you join our mailing list we’ll keep you posted with information about new titles and where we’ll be next.

booking the wren

We’re always on the lookout for interesting events to attend and new places to visit. Offering a unique setting for book launches, special events and festivals, How brave is the wren can provide workshops and activities either on our own or in partnership with our friends at Anorak Magazine.

Storytelling service, how brave is the wren offers a storytelling and book purchase service for schools. Aimed at Key stage 1 we bring the caravan to your school for a day of reading, books can be selected to suit a theme or can be taken from our existing stock. Find out more information about the service and pricing from our schools document here

For further information about any bookings please get in touch by email: hello@howbraveisthewren.com.

why the wren?

The name comes from a record found in a charity shop by my husband Ben Javens. The sleeve art has a lovely illustration of a wren and the record was created as a school project – it’s an operetta written and performed by primary school children (the triangle and recorder feature prominently). My name is Jenny Moore.  A love of art, illustration and design have always played a huge part in my life. An education in photography matched with a passion for music led me to co-found Capsule and Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, where I was Co-Director for 13 years. The birth of two daughters, Mabel in 2010 and Molly in 2013, led to thoughts of a new career and an ever-growing collection of children’s books. And so How brave is the wren was born.

To find out how the wren came to life visit our tumblr page for a full picture diary of the caravan conversion.