How do I get the kids reading this summer?

Tip and suggestions from Jan at Logie Bookshop around how to get your young ones hooked on books this summer, whatever their age!

Getting children reading over the long summer weeks can sometimes be a challenge but there are definitely advantages if they can be engaged from the start of the holidays. It can give them something to occupy their time, away from the screens, and hopefully give parents/care givers a little respite from the endless call to entertain.

Bookshop - kids section
Bookshop - kids section

If you are going away, whether in the UK or oversees, it’s great to pop down to your local library (or second-hand bookstore) and set the kids a challenge to see how much they can find out about your holiday destination.

What’s the climate like (what clothes shall we pack)? How do the native plants/insects/wildlife differ from at home? What animal tracks might you see? What kind of foods do the locals eat, find a good cookbook and experiment making some foods at home before you go. What unusual sights are there to see? Are there any famous people or historic events associated with the locality? Where are the best places to visit?

Bookshop - travel section

Younger children can be entertained at the same time as being educated with things like activity and sticker books. there are so many to choose from – classic ‘i-spy’ books, sticker books about trains, trees and leaves, bugs, flowers etc. There are great games available teaching children to identify animal tracks, jigsaws with famous people, outer space, 3d models etc. etc.

For older children it can be a good opportunity to get them engaged in reading a series of books that will keep them entertained. Some good and ever popular examples are things like J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter series, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Teens can be challenged to expand their usual repertoire and explore some classic authors like Tolkein, Austen, Bronte, Hardy and Dickens, John Steinbeck or Muriel Spark. They could look for books that have been turned into major films or t.v series like Frank Herbert’s Dune or Julia Quinns Bridgerton.

Bookshop - younger children

Logie Steading Bookshop has LOTS to help you get your young ones hooked on books this summer. From a wealth of second-hand favourites, some new reads, a dedicated kids section, a travel section to explore and lots more interesting topics to dive into. With comfy sofas and plenty nooks and crannies to nestle into, be sure to pop in with your young ones – you never know what adventure awaits!

Click here to find out more about Logie Steading Bookshop.

Bookshop - kids section
Bookshop - travel section

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How do I get the kids reading this summer?

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.