Welcome to 2011 on Playing by the book! I hope you all had a wonderful couple of weeks whatever you’ve been up to whilst I’ve been playing and reading lots with my kids as 2010 drew to a close.
Last October I wrote up a children’s literature tour of the UK. Since then I’ve been gradually working on a European children’s literature tour (yes, yes, I know the UK may seem like it’s in Europe to those of you outside of Europe, but many if not most people here in the UK do not include themselves when they refer to “Europe”…)
The tour has now finally all come together and so I’d love to invite you to spend the next few weeks adventuring through Europe with me visiting all sorts of destinations that will thrill any lover of children’s literature, young or old. Alongside visiting kidlit locations I’ll be reading (picture) books about and by authors from the countries we’ll be visiting, doing my bit to promote books in translation (remember my call for more translated children’s literature?)
It’s a big project, and I’m really excited about it. As ever, the focus will remain on books we love with the play they’ve inspired, and so I really hope you’ll join us on our journey of exploration and adventure.
Our first port of call will be Finland, followed by Norway, Sweden and Iceland before we start moving south – so go and pack your suitcase with warm jumpers and I’ll see you on Monday for the start of our adventure Reading Round Europe!