Family Holidays - What you really need to know before you go!

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Richard Warriner

We have done the legwork and searched blogsphere to find the best advice and tips from fellow bloggers that have already had the pleasure of taking the little ones on holiday. Some of them had an enjoyable time too making Read More

BtB1 - Be the Best

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Richard Warriner

The Birth of “Be The Best” – our company ethos! At its simplest our approach involves putting a constructive (and critical) lens over every aspect of the business and challenging ourselves (using leading industry benchmarks where available): Have we made Read More

BtB2 - The Story - Once upon a time

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Richard Warriner

“So you want to write a great story - we’ve found 8 ‘must have’ story telling ingredients to make amazing stories” Thankfully there are lots of great story’s already written. Many of these books contain a number of common features Read More

BtB3 - Personalised story versus personalised book???

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Richard Warriner

“Is there a difference? - ‘You bet there is’ says the team at Behind the Magic Door!” Personalised books have been around for a little over forty years (we traced examples back to the early 70’s) – and for decades Read More
“Finding an illustrator is easy – finding a great illustrator is incredibly difficult!” A great children’s picture book MUST have great illustrations (obvious and essential really). For our younger readers, mums and dads will often use the pictures to create Read More

Bedtime Story Reading Guide

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Richard Warriner

This is a simple 10-step guide to the ultimate bedtime story including details of some of our in-built interaction features For the Mums and Dads It’s worth making the time for a bedtime story. Some 83% of young children enjoy Read More

Powerful lines from children's books

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Richard Warriner

Books have the power to inspire us, scare us, teach us, take us on wild adventures we never imagined possible and so much more. From J. M. Barrie’s tales of Peter Pan to C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, children’s Read More

Learning through storytelling together

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Richard Warriner

“Stories help us process information, remember things, feel something. They can shape our view of the world and spark creativity .” Storytelling can be traced back more than some 27,000 years, ago to times when Neanderthal man roamed the earth, Read More