Beach Hut Books Contact Cathy on:

If you enjoy the seaside, then you might like to meet the sandies. These colourful, cheerful characters (mostly!) live underneath our beach huts and come out at dusk for their adventures when the human visitors have all gone home. Aimed at children aged from six to ten (and anyone else who loves the seaside), these stories are inspired by real-life events along our local beaches and aim to inspire a love of our seashore, as well as to foster independent reading. Both the Sandies and the Woodies books (see below) contain a selection of original short stories which combine detailed observations with a magical sense of humour. They are illustrated in black and white by watercolour artist Emma Ball and cost £5.99 each (no charge for p+p).

Sandies in the Beach Huts makes fantastic reading whether at home or at school Jack Hook Ltd.

More engaging tales from the little creatures who share our beach huts. Fun and environmentally-friendly, Hello again sandies!! is a great read for young and old.
Dr Kathryn Ferry, author of Beach Huts and Bathing Machines, Shire Library.

I love the sandies' books, especially as this third instalment continues their lovely adventures and taught me even more about the exciting habitat of the seashore.
Vanessa, The Book Nook Hove

Pondlife Books: The Woodies by the Ponds

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Fun, informative and written with a magical sense of humour. I loved it!
Debbie Barnes, Education Officer, RSPB Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

All over the country there are garden sheds: big ones; smaller ones; fancy ones; broken ones. And each wooden shed houses at least one woody – sometimes even a whole family! But the woodies remain largely unnoticed being no bigger than your little finger and wearing clothes which blend in with the landscape around them – complete with a lucky button and a magic feather too of course! The woodies in these enchanting stories (aimed at children aged from six to ten) live in a group of wooden sheds around the edges of some very old fishponds which are brought to life in a series of adventures written by popular children’s author Cathy Watts.