Time away gives you time to think, and one thought in particular which has been dancing around inside my head these last few weeks is how I can create and support a regular community get-together for all of us who love children’s books.
Unfortunately I can’t bring us all physically together, but what I can do is hold a virtual open house… and thinking about this has led me to set up “I’m looking for a book about…“.
This will be a monthly reading/reviewing group bringing together bloggers and readers across the globe to create a topic focused resource that’s fun and useful to parents, teachers and librarians, as well as hopefully providing a stimulus to those of us who love to review books to seek out something new and unusual.
I’ve always been interested in ways of finding books by subject/theme – that was the idea behind Fantastic Fiction for Kids, and also the topic of this post: “Finding kids’ fiction by subject/theme“. Not only do I believe in enriching literacy through play, I’m also passionate about enriching play through literacy – in other words, finding books on the topics/themes that are of particular interest to my girls, reading stories together that extend their play and introduce new ideas.
Here’s how I hope “I’m looking for a book about…“ will work…
As this is about creating a resource, relevant old reviews are more than welcome (although I hope you’ll take “I’m looking for a book about…“ as an opportunity to write a new post) and you can submit more than one post per month
So what are the monthly topics going to be?
For the first get together, on May 14 the topic will be “elves and fairies”, to fit in with a craft and play round up which Maggy at Red Ted Art is curating. With book recommendations here, and creative ideas on Red Ted Art, I hope you’ll find lots of inspiration to get reading and playing with the kids in your lives.
As to future topics, this is where I’d like your input.
As parents what topics would you like to see covered? Feisty princesses? Food habits? Bullying?
As teachers what topics would you help you? Perhaps ones covered in the school curriculum such as minibeasts, space or money?
Please leave a comment making suggestions for topics!
So “The Future” here on Playing by the book definitely involves you. I always strive to write posts that are of interest to you all, but with this project I hope to take things a step further by enabling you to take the lead on the content, and by bringing us together, albeit virtually.