We value our connections to schools and serve many schools across a broad area of London. Here's a brief summary of what we can offer you and your school:
Services for Schools
Discounts for account-holders
Sale or Return - 10%
Up to £200 -10%
£200 - £1000 - 12%
Over £1000 - 15%
Subject to payment of outstanding sums within 30 days.
Please pay by bank transfer or cheque.
Certain imported titles and some UK educational publishers do not qualify for discounts.
Advice and Supply
We can advise on books to support the school curriculum including fiction, non-fiction and dyslexia-friendly books. The Alligator’s Mouth is joint owned and managed by an experienced ex-teacher, Tony West. He and the rest of our knowledgeable staff are keen to help teachers find what they need and show them amazing books they won’t find elsewhere. We create and supply lists of books tailored for specific age groups and requirements, emailing these as spreadsheets detailing prices, discounts and availability of titles. Invoices can be printed or emailed. Most books can be ordered into the shop for next day delivery.
Online Library Shopping
If the school wishes to ask parents and friends of the school to partly fund library purchasing, one thing we can do is create an online shop (accessed using a private link) where parents may purchase books for the school library with great ease (and even add a dedication with the name of the donor or donor’s family if desired). These books are then gathered at the shop to be delivered to the school. This is usually done with the understanding that the school will fulfill purchase of the remaining books on the list when a certain time has elapsed.
Sample image from an online shop created for parents and friends of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.
Author visits to schools
We can help organise author visits, from contacting an author to helping you sell books and giving you guidance on how to have a successful, inspirational author event. We can provide books on sale or return for author visits and book fairs by arrangement. We have organised school visits from Chris Riddell, Robin Stevens, A. F. Harrold, Axel Scheffler and many other fantastic authors.
Please arrange with plenty of notice through one of our members of staff. On return of any unsold stock you will receive a voucher to spend in the shop to the value of 10% of books sold.
School visits to The Alligator's Mouth
We love bringing schools to the bookshop. A great way to do this is by arranging group visits to the shop with children picking books for the school library. We have had many such visits and teachers have found it a great way to encourage a love of reading in their students.
Staff visits to schools
Tony and Margaret have given talks at schools to children or staff about their favourite books and how to get reading. Mark has taken his successful Comics Club which he runs at the shop to schools with an assembly talk and/or comics workshops for a variety of ages.
Please enquire as to fees and arrange with plenty of notice.
Teacher talks and training
There are so many great books that we’d love every teacher to see. Book your staff meeting or part of your training day with us. We offer short talks for teachers, introducing a range of carefully chosen books to enhance libraries and classrooms. St Mary’s University in Twickenham regularly book days for trainee teachers with us and have given great feedback.
For more information, please don't hesitate to speak to Tony or Margaret on 02089486775 or email
A. F. Harrold visits Victoria Juniors, April '16.
Tony talks to postgraduate trainee teachers.
Robin Stevens at Royal Ballet School, May '16.
Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey at Springwell Junior School, June '17