The write stuff

The write stuff

Sonia Manko Bhatt

Buying Administrator, Stationery Buying

This year we really do have the best value selection of Back to School stationery to ensure your child is never short of the right tools at school.

Start with the storage: we have a large range of pencil cases, from funky cases by The Stupid Factory, which has 3 sections to help keep everything separated, or even a classic Mr Men pencil cases, which come with a rubber dangler pull, for Mr Messy or Little Miss Sunshine.

Filling your pencil case is simple with our comprehensive essentials. The Maped Clean pencil sharpener is a neat way to keep your HBs sharp; the Maped Whizz prevents smudges, while the Maped Twist n Flex ruler won't break, even after a fast and furious duel.

John Lewis Colouring Pencils

Now to the writing implements! We offer a huge choice of pens, such as this Uniball Eye pack of 5 assorted rollerball pens, in black, blue and red - for every jot you need to make. For something with some character this pack of 5 funky Zebra Cadoozles mechanical pencil does the job - and they won't need sharpening. If they need lots of coloured felt tip pens, then this bumper pack of 12 Stabilo pens provides every colour under the rainbow. Of course, if they need to write neatly, there's nothing like a fountain pen, and this Lamy Safari pen is a good value choice.

John Lewis Wild Flower A4 Notebook

Perfect for gathering thoughts, notes and project work is our collection of notebooks and ring binders. My top recommendations are the Happy Jackson A5 Great Ideas notebook and ring binder in shocking red. You can fill the latter with 80 sheets of John Lewis A4 ruled paper. For all those different topics they'll be covering, the John Lewis subject dividers will be invaluable - as will the John Lewis pack of punched pockets.

The Gruffalo Pencil Case

Our charming Wild Flower stationery collection has been designed by our in-house Home Design Studio. It offers an attractive selection of sticky notes and labels, while this handy To-do list has a magnetic backing, so you never know, they might actually remember to take their packed lunch or gym shoes - or even do their homework! Finally, this pretty A4 document wallet, with its elasticated closure, will keep their homework safe.

Another smart Back to School collection is the John Lewis Graph Set. It's a selection of notebooks in teal, lime or grey. There are notebooks in a choice of A4, A5 or A6 sizes, plus a memo pad for taking notes. Let's hope they can decipher their handwriting afterwards! And for keeping all their bits of paper tidy and crease-free, the matching John Lewis Document Wallet is a neat solution.